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Assessment and Evaluation

Evaluation and assessment is typically an initial first step, and often becomes an ongoing process. Starting with a diagnostic interview, a broad understanding of the patient’s concerns/issues is obtained. However, on occasion, records are forwarded in advance of the initial interview, and a greater understanding of the issues can develop sooner. An important aspect of the interview process involves observation of the patient’s behavior and reaction to questions, as well as the interaction between the patient and caregiver (in the case of children or minors). When necessary, formal psychological testing is recommended. The nature of the issues and the age of the patient determine the type(s) of testing, but could include standardized psychological testing such as normative-based behavior rating scales, direct measures of emotional or personality functioning, intellectual ability, various mental processing skills (including attention/concentration), adaptive behavior or social skills, and academic achievement screening. The integration of all of the information culminates in a “feedback” session. Results are explained, sometimes additional information is given, a diagnostic formulation given, and recommendations are shared.

Treatment Philosophies

After a thorough evaluation patients requiring short term (8 to 12 sessions) will be accepted. Patience with ongoing longterm needs will be referred to appropriate professionals. When medication appears to be warranted, Dr. Darveaux will provide an appropriate referral to the patient’s medical provider.

Professional Collaborations

Frequently, a team approach is appropriate for comprehensive treatment. Most of the time, treatment strategies need to be implemented outside of the psychologist’s office, and accessing available resources is vital to the therapeutic process. When indicated (again, based on the patient’s needs) and with proper authorization, Dr. Darveaux communicates with individuals involved in the patient’s life. This may include family members, medical professionals, other mental health professionals, school personnel, legal authorities, or service institutions that can assist in the treatment process.