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A neuropsychological assessment is a specific methodological procedure (extensive interview, review of medical records, specialized psychological assessment of cognitive functions, and personal traits). This procedure consists of measuring functional changes due to impairment of specific cognitive or behavioral domains. This assessment is done in order to determine among others therapies and rehabilitation needs, based on the measured strengths and weaknesses of the individual in the functional domains assessed. Normally, neuropsychological assessment is carried out through the administration of neuropsychological tests that have proven to be sensitive to the effects of brain injury. Neuropsychologists may assess intelligence, attention skills, cognitive functioning, reasoning ability and academic skills. Furthermore neuropsychologists also assess memory function, spatial relations, language skills, sensory and motor skills. This comprehensive assessment allows a neuropsychologist to identify cognitive dysfunctions, and to develop a treatment plan to address the identified condition. Plainly stated, neuropsychologists seek an understanding of how psychological processes relate to the brain’s structures and systems. This work is based on the notion that cognition and physiology are interrelated and inseparable.
A neuropsychological assessment is primarily geared to answer specific referral questions posed by the referral source. A neuropsychological assessment is recommended for any case in which brain-based impairment in cognitive function or behavior is suspected. There are several reasons why you were referred for neuropsychological evaluation. Here are some possible examples: You may have experienced an illness, injury or accident to the brain. Another reason may include: cognitive, behavioral, emotional changes. Another common reason for referral is to examine how you are coping with your medical symptoms, brain related injury or illness.
Neuropsychological assessment can provide useful information in a number of ways; it may be used to evaluate difficulties or changes in cognition (awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment), memory, speech, personality, or other behaviors which are significant enough to interfere with someone’s daily living or development.
Counseling and therapy may involve several aspects such as: Individual and relationship therapy; Cognitive-behavioral therapy; Art therapy; Counseling in occupational re-integration; Counseling in improvement of independent functioning at home; Counseling in brain related conditions challenging the emotional and behavioral well-being of patients and others. Counseling for: Depression anxiety disorders personality disorders behavior problems of childhood and adolescence parenting issues relationship.
rt therapy is a synthesis of art and psychology; it is a form of psychotherapy giving clients unique potentials for personality development and enhancement. Ideas and feelings are expressed about the clients’ past, present, and future life creating a “pictorial journal” of their life. Art Therapy contributes to the following fields: Education and Developmental: The practice of Art Therapy is based on the knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories with psycho-anthropological basis following precise models of treatment and assessment in those areas. Psychodynamics of repression, projection, identification: Art therapy is a powerful tool for detecting and monitoring the progression of emotional disorders. It is an alternative non-verbal modality for therapy, helping the individuals adapt to their changing emotions in terms of the loss of their self-esteem and sense of identity. Cognitive and transpersonal self-consciousness and self-worth: Art therapy is very effective in the treatment of the developmentally, medically, educationally, socially or psychologically impaired, being practiced in mental health services, rehabilitation units, medical, educational and forensic institutions. Anxiety, depression and behavioral control: Art Therapy is designed to ‘work through’ the feelings that may contribute to depression, helping to manage behavior, and reducing anxiety levels, giving the individuals a desire for self-empowerment. Conditions, syndromes and socio-emotional disorders: Art Therapy reconciles emotional conflicts, fosters self-awareness, develops social skills, aids in the process of reality orientation and thus, increases self-esteem. Discovery of inner potential: The creative process used in Art therapy puts action in the hands and control of the patient. The “open studio” model encourages self-initiative within the environment or situation that has taken control away. Art therapy provides a physical self-actualizing expressive modality that is not dependent on words.