“Therapy,” “Psychotherapy,” or “Counseling” are synonyms for the notion of committing to a number of individual sessions with a provider to address specific concerns. Therapy is sometimes an extension of any of the diagnostic conclusions or reasons for Neuropsychological assessment. For example, someone who had a traumatic brain injury or learns they have Dementia might decide to work individually with a therapist to discuss issues related to their emotional and relationship adjustment to the injury or diagnosis. Another example might be a child who is diagnosed with ADHD or Autism and the family chooses to provide behavior training for the child with a specialist to improve behaviors at school or home.
All NNI specialists begin with a thorough ‘history gathering’ interview session to discuss the relevant background information and get a clear picture of the current concerns. From there, individuals either proceed with a Psychological or Neuropsychological evaluation or begin a course of counseling/therapy.
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Consultation and Recommendations
All therapeutic services at NNI are guided by evidence-based medicine or ‘best practice,’ meaning we rely heavily on research-based therapeutic interventions. For example, there is a wealth of information on how to best treat individuals of certain ages with a number of presenting concerns (such as sleep problems, depression, anxiety/panic, or ADHD). Often times we see individuals who are also taking psychotropic medication to treat their symptoms. It is common for an NNI specialist, with the client’s permission, to work closely with the medical provider prescribing medication to provide the most seamless and competent care.
We do not work with individuals in need of treatment or evaluation of sexual offenses or aggression, parenting capacity, or issues related to custody. We instead refer to a number of other excellent providers in the area. We will work with individuals with active substance abuse problems only if they are currently involved in chemical dependency treatment.
The therapeutic services you will receive from an NNI provider will always be guided by a certain “treatment modality” or style of therapy. Occasionally, people have a sense of the type of therapy they would like to try or one has been recommended by a medical or mental health provider. But usually this is a decision made between the client and their provider. Treatment modalities can be combined or changed during the course of therapy to meet each individual’s personal preference and changing needs.