Our therapists also treat autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, issues related to adjustment/transitions, alcohol and substance use, social anxiety, and developmental disorders.
Some of the issues addressed include divorce, trauma, abuse/neglect, marital/family problems and military issues. Here are some of the details about our process:
The first appointment is a comprehensive intake. Typically, the client will be asked to complete paperwork before seeing the therapist for the first time. The therapist will review this information before the visit. This appointment typically last between 60 to 90 minutes and is an information-gathering appointment in which the client shares concerns. The clinician asks targeted questions to determine the client’s treatment needs or desire for further assessment. The therapist and client will discuss the goals for treatment and what the client hopes to get out of treatment.
Psychological assessments include an interview with the client and a collateral when appropriate to gather information and determine the type of battery needed to access the symptoms. During the psychological testing, the client may participate in interactive testing protocols, computer administered testing and/or paper pencil measures that evaluate the symptoms in question. All of the data will be analyzed together and considered with the information in the intake to identify concerns, make a diagnosis if needed and recommend treatment protocols. This process typically takes place in three appointments that include the initial consultation, the testing, and the follow up to give the results.
ADHD Assessments & Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments
An ADHD assessment is used to determine if a client has clinically significant symptoms of ADHD, which are causing impairment in life. Several subtypes of ADHD will be evaluated through a series of test and rating symptoms. These assessments typically require collateral information such as input from the teacher and parent.
Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments evaluate specific symptoms of the spectrum and level of functioning.
Intellectual testing & Learning Disorder Evaluations
This analysis is used to determine someone’s intellectual functioning and evaluate strengths and weaknesses. Intellectual testing can be combined with other batteries of testing when needed to determine concerns with learning or processing.
This service is offered to clients ages 3 and older. Individual, family and marital therapy are available. Evidenced based therapies for trauma/PTSD to include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children and cognitive processing therapy for adults.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a relatively new form of psychotherapy. EMDR’s effectiveness, particularly for PTSD, is supported by a broad base of research. In fact, EMDR is now one of the most well-researched psychotherapies available and has been found to be very efficacious. The therapy includes mild bilateral stimulation of the brain that can help dissipate negative thoughts and feelings associated with past traumatic experiences. "Bilateral stimulation" of the brain means activation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain through the use of systematic eye movements, auditory tones, or tactile stimulation of the hands, or a combination of these approaches (all painless). Typically, traditional “talk therapy” only activates the left hemisphere (e.g. language centers), whereas EMDR activates both hemispheres. This encourages “adaptive information processing” which helps the brain to reprocess negative events and maladaptive core beliefs. EMDR is a complex, integrative approach to therapy that includes knowledge from other forms of therapy and consists of an eight phase approach. EMDR can be used with children, adolescents, and adults. It can be used to treat specific phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief, and even worries about future events (e.g. plane trips, scheduled surgeries, speeches, tests). EMDR can also be used to enhance the performance of athletes and business executives. For more information please see link of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) ( http://www.emdria.org/ ), which is a professional association emphasizing the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. More information, a review of the research, and answers to frequent questions about EMDR can be found through the EMDR Institute, Inc. (http://www.emdr.com). The following link gives more information about EMDR:
- Military and Military Families
- Substance abuse
- Developmental Disabilities
Modalities of Therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Behavioral therapy
- Cognitive processing therapy(CPT)
- Trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy-insomnia (CBT-I)
- Solution-focused therapy
- Reality therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Motivational interviewing
- Narrative therapy
- Family systems model
- Seeking safety
- Play therapy
Established Outpatient Mental Health PracticeAnchor Psychological, established in 2007, is an outpatient mental health practice providing:
- Psychological testing for all ages and disorders
- Psychological Disorders
- Intellectual Functioning
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders