Coral Springs

 

1725 N. University Drive

Suite 350

Coral Springs, FL 33071

Telephone: (954) 227-2700

Fax: (954) 227-2704

Linda Berlin, Psy.D.

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Psychological Associates

Boca Raton

 

7000 W. Palmetto Park Road

Suite 407

Boca Raton, FL 33433

Telephone: (561) 347-0997

Fax: (561) 347-0996

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know whether I need a psychiatrist or a therapist or both?

A. In general, a therapist would be well-suited to helping you make this decision. Therefore, it is recommended that you make your initial appointment with a therapist in order to assist you with establishing an appropriate and effective course of treatment.

Q. What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, a Psychologist and a Therapist?

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Q. How do I choose a therapist?

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Q. Do we accept insurance and should you use it?

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Q. Which foreign languages do our clinicians speak?

Q. What hours are you open?

A. Our therapist are available Monday through Saturday, including evenings. Our Psychiatrists are available Monday through Friday, including evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing Services

 

Psychological Testing & Assessment/Evaluation

Psychological assessment is a process of collecting information about a person’s behavior, emotions, and personality.  Psychological testing is a method within the assessment process that may include self-report and interactive measures that are administered in addition to a clinical interview.  Other methods of information collection may include record review and interviews of collateral sources.  Psychological assessment is typically used to answer a question about a person’s functioning, such as whether a person has depression or bipolar disorder, and to provide individually-tailored recommendations that are most likely to lead to symptom improvement and greater wellness. 

The assessment process typically begins with a one-hour consultation in which current complaints and important events in a person’s life are discussed.  When the person presenting for psychological assessment is a child, the consultation includes the child’s parent(s) and may or may not include the child (depending on the child’s age and nature of the presenting concerns, it is sometimes best to meet privately to be able to candidly discuss the child’s issues).  Based on the information presented during this consultation, psychological tests will be selected to further evaluate areas of concern.  [Although they are referred to as “tests,” they do not generate grades or pass/ fail results.  Rather, psychological tests yield scores that are meant to describe a person’s functioning.] 

When it is known what tests need to be given, it can be determined how long it will take to complete the testing and therefore how much it will cost.  Cost is based on the amount of hours spent in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and integration into a written report, in addition to an hour that will be needed to review the results with you when the process is complete.  You will be asked to sign an informed consent and financial agreement if you decide to proceed with testing, and a session will be scheduled at that time.

Once the testing is completed, it will take approximately ten business days to complete a written report.  In some circumstances, written reports can be completed more quickly with sufficient notice of the need to expedite.  When the report is prepared, you will be invited back in for a one-hour feedback meeting in which results and recommendations will be discussed, and the report will be delivered. 

The following issues, among others, may be appropriate for psychological assessment:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal/ Relationship Problems
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Troublesome Behavior

Neuropsychological Testing & Assessment/Evaluation

Neuropsychological assessment is a process of collecting information about a person’s cognitive and psychological functioning.  Cognitive functions include attention and concentration, memory, language, visual-spatial skills, sensorimotor abilities, and executive functions such as planning, responding to feedback, and decision-making.  These different functions are assessed with performance-based measures that require the person to demonstrate various skills and abilities by completing different tasks.  Psychological tests also are included to assess the impact of emotions, behavior, and personality traits on a person’s cognitive functioning.  For example, difficulty paying attention can be caused by either a neurocognitive condition such as dementia or traumatic brain injury, or by an emotional issue such as anxiety or depression.

Neuropsychological evaluation can determine both the cognitive and psychological factors impacting a person’s functioning, and yield recommendations to improve his or her performance and well-being.

The assessment process typically begins with a one-hour consultation in which current complaints and important events in a person’s life are discussed.  When the person presenting for neuropsychological assessment is a child, the consultation includes the child’s parent(s) and may or may not include the child (depending on the child’s age and nature of the presenting concerns, it is sometimes best to meet privately to be able to candidly discuss the child’s issues).  Based on the information presented during the initial consultation, neuropsychological tests will be selected to further evaluate areas of concern.  [Although they are referred to as “tests,” they do not generate grades or pass/ fail results.  Rather, these tests yield scores that are meant to describe a person’s abilities or functioning.] 

When it is known what tests need to be given, it can be determined how long it will take to complete the testing and therefore how much it will cost.  Cost is based on the amount of hours spent in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and integration into a written report, in addition to an hour that will be needed to review the results with you when the process is complete.  You will be asked to sign an informed consent and financial agreement if you decide to proceed with testing, and a session will be scheduled at that time.

Once the testing is completed, it will take approximately ten business days to complete a written report.  In some circumstances, written reports can be completed more quickly with sufficient notice of the need to expedite.  When the report is prepared, you will be invited back in for a one-hour feedback meeting in which results and recommendations will be discussed, and the report will be delivered. 

The following issues, among others, may be appropriate for neuropsychological assessment:

  • Attention Deficit
  • Decision-Making Problems
  • Dementia
  • Forgetfulness & memory loss
  • Getting lost & visual-spatial problems
  • Impulse Control
  • Language/ Speech Difficulties
  • Learning & Work-Performance Problems
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Psychoeducational Testing & Assessment/ Evaluation

Psychoeducational assessment is a process of collecting information to learn more about a student’s functioning.  It includes both psychological and educational testing components.  Psychological assessment methods will vary depending on the student’s age and presenting concerns, but will likely include objective rating scales completed by parents and teachers.  Educational testing includes cognitive and achievement testing, and perhaps performance-based testing of attention, learning, and memory.

The assessment process typically begins with a one-hour consultation in which current complaints and important events in a person’s life are discussed.  When the person presenting for psychoeducational assessment is a child, the consultation includes the child’s parent(s) and may or may not include the child (depending on the child’s age and nature of the presenting concerns, it is sometimes best to meet privately to be able to candidly discuss the child’s issues).  Based on the information presented during the initial consultation, psychoeducational tests will be selected to further evaluate areas of concern.  [Although they are referred to as “tests,” they do not generate grades or pass/ fail results.  Rather, these tests yield scores that are meant to describe a person’s abilities or functioning.] 

When it is known what tests need to be given, it can be determined how long it will take to complete the testing and therefore how much it will cost.  Cost is based on the amount of hours spent in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and integration into a written report, in addition to an hour that will be needed to review the results with you when the process is complete.  You will be asked to sign an informed consent and financial agreement if you decide to proceed with testing, and a session will be scheduled at that time.

Once the testing is completed and all of the completed rating scales are received, it will take approximately ten business days to complete a written report.  In some circumstances, written reports can be completed more quickly with sufficient notice of the need to expedite.  When the report is prepared, you will be invited back in for a one-hour feedback meeting in which results and recommendations will be discussed, and the report will be delivered. 

The following issues, among others, may be appropriate for psychoeducational assessment:

  • Academic Underachievement
  • Attention Deficits
  • Declining Grades
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Learning Delays
  • Problematic Peer Relations
  • Testing & Standardized Assessment Challenges

Gifted Testing

Gifted testing can determine whether a student’s abilities meet the school district’s requirements for gifted eligibility.  It takes roughly two hours to complete to complete the testing, and scoring and report writing are typically completed within five business days.  When the written report is ready, the parent(s) will be invited in for a feedback meeting to discuss the results and receive the report.

 

 

 
 
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