Tell It Like It Is
- Individual Psychotherapy for Adults
- Couples and Relationship Therapy
- working through repeated disagreements
- strengthening intimacy and connection
- addressing difficult topics (i.e. money, sex, work, etc.)
- recovering from affairs and infidelities
- life transitions (i.e. newly married or engaged,
moving in together, addition of children to your
family, empty nest, retirement, etc.
- Psychological Diagnosis of Adults (Please note I do not do cognitive testing or ADHD testing)
- Personality Assessment
- Vocational Interest Assessment
- Pre-surgery Evaluations for Bariatric, Cosmetic, and Transplant Surgeries
If you are like many people, you may have anxiety or worry regarding the psychological evaluation. Some people fear that if they have a current mental health issue or history of mental illness, that would preclude them from being approved for surgery. Not necessarily. In fact, only 5 % - 10% of people evaluated have their surgery postponed. What is more important is how you are currently coping with these psychological challenges and how likely are you to cope with the post-operative recovery and lifestyle changes that will be required. The evaluation is not to put an obstacle in your path, but to ensure your health and well-being.
- Fertility Related Services / Donor Screening, Recipient Screening, Surrogacy Screening
- Outside stressors and potential scheduling conflicts;
- Past history of psychological counseling/treatment;
- History of substance abuse;
- Emotional resolution regarding donation of genetic material;
- Personal motivation;
- Commitment to completing the program requirements.
The psychological evaluation is of crucial importance because it ensures the donor/surrogate/recipient is psychologically appropriate to be a donor/surrogate/recipient (i.e., she is mature, responsible and has no underlying psychopathology) and comprehends what she is proposing to undertake.
- Pre-adoption Evaluations
- Pre Permanent Change of Station (Pre-PCS) Mental Health Evaluations
- Fitness For Duty (FFD) Psychological Screening
- Deployment Mental Health Assessment (DMHA)
Civilian Contractors are often in a position of seeking an overseas assignment in support of defense, security, diplomacy, and international development. The geographical locations are sometimes hostile, high-risk global destinations, with harsh or restrictive environments, and are often remote. The assigned jobs themselves are also of an extremely secure nature. Mental health resources are usually sparse or nonexistent in these locations, and so it is important for the candidate to have strong internal resources to cope with the living and working environment and the nature and functions of the work detail. As such, psychological screenings or mental health evaluations are often required to ensure the candidate's readiness, fitness, and well-being for relocation.
The screening process focuses on the candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of the position under consideration. The assessment procedure usually includes a clinical interview, mental status examination, review of psychosocial history, and the administration of standardized personality tests (MMPI 2, 16 PF, and or other personality test measures) appropriate to the referral question, followed by a written report reviewing and summarizing the findings.
It is important to identify if there are any issues that could likely worsen under stress, if the candidate has strong and healthy coping mechanisms and resiliency, sound judgement, if there are any substance abuse issues, and to identify specific mental health conditions or behavioral health conditions that might interfere with the duties of the candidate.
Civilian contractors sometimes relocate with their spouses and family, and all family members are required to be evaluated. The evaluations usually takes place over 3-4 hours. Appointments often can be scheduled within 14 business days and the written report is available very quickly.