Working with a neuropsychologist can be quite different from consulting with other types of specialists. Whereas most specialist doctors may meet with you for an hour or so, and follow you regularly for brief meetings over a long time, a neuropsychologist performing an assessment will typically work with you very intensely for a short period of time. Depending upon your needs and wants, additional follow-up may be offered.
Neuropsychologists also can provide treatment directed at improving brain-behavior relationships. Some people may require an in-depth assessment in order to identify the areas best targeted by treatment. Others may be ready to begin treatment after an initial intake and interview session.
Components of an Assessment
Assessments are personalized depending upon your individual needs and the referral questions asked by you and by the referring provider. Most assessments consist of several overlapping services, which usually begin with a diagnostic interview followed by neuropsychological, educational, and/or psychodiagnostic assessment. After the assessment, you will be invited to return for a feedback session to discuss the results of the testing and answer any questions that you may have. Some people choose to have multiple follow-up sessions. Depending on the reason for your assessment, you may return for follow-up testing a year or more after your initial evaluation, in order to gain current information about your thinking skills and provide updated treatment, educational, and/or functional recommendations.
The length of your assessment, and the provider’s time to complete it, may vary depending upon the complexity of your case, the types of testing we are doing, the types of recommendations you require, and individual differences in the way you complete the tests. Flat-rate assessment packages are available for standard evaluations; other services may be billed at the hourly rate. Dr. Imber will always discuss the cost of the evaluation with you prior to providing services. (Please see the Payment and Insurance page for more information.)
If you’d like more information about the assessment process, please follow the links below:
The Initial Interview
The Written Report
See also What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?
Dr. Imber also offers targeted treatment options designed to address specific problems and difficulties. One option is a type of very structured therapy called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been applied to many types of problems. In her practice, Dr. Imber uses this type of treatment to address the cognitive symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is not a substitute for medication, but it can help to address areas that are often not helped by medication, such as organization, planning, time management, and procrastination.
Another treatment option is Working Memory Training, a computer-based training program that has been validated with numerous scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. This type of treatment can be used for all kinds of conditions that affect working memory, including ADHD, stroke, and brain injury. For more information, visit Cogmed’s website.