This interview involves many questions, active listening, dialogue, and recommendations. This interview also serves a dual purpose of allowing the client(s) to form their impressions and determine if they felt safe and comfortable in the relationship and for the psychologist to determine if their qualifications and expertise are consistent with presenting issues and recommended treatment.
An initial contact as well as all subsequent ones should feel non-judgmental, all-encompassing, and inspirational. There has to be a sense of hope and a lifting of the heaviness and fear (even temporarily)after your first encounter.
Targeting specific issues and efficiently assessing external and internal variables that are responsible for maintaining and reinforcing them, brief intervention aims to help clients understand their concerns from different perspectives with greater appreciation of the feelings, thoughts, and interpersonal dynamics that sustain current conflicts and make them feel “stuck”. Being willing to entertain other viewpoints and open to experimenting with new ideas is a necessary part of a successful outcome.
Due to the emphasis on solutions, the effectiveness of a brief model also depends on precise and accurate assessment that guides a strategic plan for change. The process often includes interviews with family members and collaboration with other specialists.
Not everyone is a good fit for a quick or solution-focused approach. Many seek to release long stored discomfort, shed layers of self-defeating personality, face existential truths that cannot be solved, or experience oneself in an authentic and unaltered light. The benefits of in-depth approach are vast and go beyond scientific validations. Clients’ describe achieving an increased sense of liberation and a true feeling of authentic self which has now formed its own truth and is no longer defined by social, cultural, familial, and self-imposed expectations.
In-Depth Psychotherapy is a tool of genuine transformation that leads to personal evolution and serves a greater good of bettering society we live in by improving the relationship we have with ourselves and ultimately with each other.
From a romantic bond to starting a family to spending decades together, relationship commitments are a testament of human loyalty, devotion, and love. Nevertheless, like in all great undertakings, challenges, crises, and personal pitfalls are expected. After all, greatness takes effort, perseverance, and self- discipline. In the process of couples and family therapy, you can expect to understand yourself and your loved ones better than you have before, identify personal and dynamic challenges that impede your lives, develop insightful plans that will help you evolve and bypass conflict, and develop a greater sense of love and appreciation towards yourself and your family.
Adult Evaluations of cognitive, memory, personality, adaptive, attention and executive functioning. Comprehensive assessments are individually tailored based on the referral question and the goal of assessment. Assessment instruments used are reliable and valid and reflect the current standards of best psychological and psychometric practice.
Childhood and Adolescent Evaluations of development, learning, behavior, and attention. We conduct full case studies assessing intellectual abilities, academic achievement, developmental status and adaptation to environment, socio-emotional and behavioral functioning, and attentional, focusing and executive functioning skills. We collaborate with parents, teachers, doctors, and physical and occupational therapists, among other specialists to gather information and deliver recommendations.
These evaluations are usually requested by physicians, insurance companies, and attorneys. Here is the summary of what to expect in this type of evaluation:
* Psychological Testing is considered a special procedure that often requires pre-authorization by the insurance carrier. We will discuss the process with you during your initial consultation
Life coaching is different from therapy and any other clinical intervention. Its doesn’t involve psychological assessment or a treatment plan. Rather, its an open dialogue about any or all areas of life, personal, occupational, financial, social, relational, that a person is looking to improve and optimize. A life coach offers objective and impartial guidance, helps problem-solve and come up with a best strategy to meet clients’ goals, and assures that the client has unlimited support as they embark on the journey of change and improvement.
You can expect this experience to be bring clarity as well as to be thought-provoking, creative, collaborative, and supportive.
* Life Coaching is not reimbursed by insurance and is billed directly to the client. Payment plans are available upon request.
In this day and age, we are expected to have quick and practical solutions in spite of our schedules, geographical location, and sometimes even abilities. Virtual Coaching offers a reliable and efficient way of meeting your goals without getting into the office. According to the latest research published by American Psychological Association, virtual services do not differ in effectiveness and quality from those provided in person.
In our experience, virtual care can be a “life saver” and allow clients and colleagues to have access to professional, expert care that they trust.
* Virtual Consultations/Coaching is not reimbursed by insurance and is billed directly to the client. Payment plans are available upon request.
Supervision and Professional Consultation is a process that allows both trainees and professionals the opportunity to clarify and resolve, with an experienced fellow practitioner, issues and dilemmas presented by their clients and workplaces. This process has been found to broaden perspectives on dealing with clients, maintain solid professional skills, enhance work performance, reduce risk of burnout, expand professional links, and increase job/training satisfaction. It is also essential in order to comply with the increasingly rigorous standards of the various professional associations and regulatory agencies. Good practice requires regular supervision!
Consistent with our vision, we believe in nurturing strengths, facilitating professional confidence and supporting the process of professional development in a safe, genuine, yet thought-provoking manner.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, pain, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress, and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional distress.
EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing trauma related experiences as shown by extensive scientific research studies. The EMDR technique is most effective when used in conjunction with other traditional methods of therapy in treating many emotional disorders.
HOW EMDR WORKS?
The EMDR therapy uses non-invasive bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are "trapped" in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself.
As troubling images and feelings are processed by the brain via the eye-movement patterns of EMDR and the resolution of the issues and a more peaceful state are achieved.
WHAT PROBLEMS CAN BE TREATED BY EMDR?
The studies to date show a high degree of effectiveness with the following conditions:
TRAUMATIC EVENTS EMOTIONAL DYSREGULATION PERFORMANCE ISSUES HEALTH ISSUES
Personal injury Panic attacks Performance Anxiety Chronic Pain
Illness Phobias and fears Fear of failure Migraines
Car accident Anxiety and worrying Fear of Judgement and Criticism Unexplained Body Aches
Fire Depression Procrastination Insomnia
Work accidents Anger outbursts Avoidance/ Resistance Physical Reactions to Stress
Post traumatic stress Difficulty controlling temper Lack of Motivation Erectile Dysfunction
Assault Poor impulse control
Robbery Low self-esteem
Rape Eating Disorders
Childhood sexual abuse Substance Abuse Disorders
Injury or loss of a loved one
1. What is Cogmed Working Memory Training?
Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity over a 5 week training period (with variations to that protocol).
2. Who is Cogmed training for?
Cogmed training is for people who wish to improve their ability to concentrate and are constrained by their working memory. Cogmed trainees range from young children to senior adults. Some have diagnosed attention deficits, some have suffered a brain injury, some feel the deteriorating effects of normal aging, and others find they’re not doing as well as they could, academically or professionally, given their intelligence and their efforts.
3. What is working memory and why is it important?
Working memory is an essential cognitive function necessary for a wide-range of tasks related to attention and focus. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking. It is central to concentration, problem solving, and impulse control. Poor working memory is the source of many problems related to attention and is often linked to ADHD, and other learning disabilities.
4. Do the results last?
Yes, our research and our clinical experience show that the effects of Cogmed Training last after training. The reason is that once working memory capacity increases, you naturally continue to use it at its new level, which serves as constant maintenance training. Each Cogmed trainee also has access to optional Cogmed Extension Training at no extra cost.
5. Does insurance cover Cogmed training?
Cogmed training is not typically covered by insurance. Investigate the possibility of coverage with your insurance provider or talk to the Cogmed practice of your choice.
6. How do I know this will help me or my child?
In our research and in the practical experience of the Cogmed practices, 80% of users see measurable improvements. You should talk to the Cogmed practice of your choice to make sure your/your child’s profile is right for training. That does not mean you can be sure to get results. No intervention works for everyone. 80% is a number we are proud of, but we cannot provide guarantees in any particular case.
7. What kind of research is behind Cogmed?
Cogmed is developed by leading neuroscientists and based on the breakthrough concept that the working memory can be improved through intensive, systematic training. Cogmed is dedicated to providing only products that are proven to be effective in rigorous research. There have been numerous studies that show Cogmed to be effective and apply the golden standard of clinical research: double-blind placebo-controlled designs. Several of the studies have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. The work has been done byCogmed’s founders and by independent teams at leading American and European universities. No other brain training product or attention training method can show this degree of research validation.
8. Where does the training take place?
Cogmed training is done at the user’s home, in school, or at work. The program is web-based and compatible on any computer that supports flash. The initial interview, start-up meeting, and weekly coach calls from the Cogmed Qualified Practice can all be done over the phone. If you do not live close to a Cogmed practice, you can still do the training program over distance. Click here to see the full list of Cogmed Practitioners or call us (888-748-3828) and we will help you contact a provider.
9. Is Cogmed training a substitute for medication?
No, it is not. In the case of users on ADHD medication, Cogmed training is a complementary intervention. Stimulant medication and Cogmed training impact the brain in different ways. Medications will have effects that Cogmed training does not, particularly regarding hyperactivity. Cogmed training will also, in many cases, have effects that cannot be achieved by medication only. Talk to one of our doctors about Cogmed practice to learn more.
10. How is Cogmed different from other types of “brain training”?
Cogmed is different from “brain training programs” in three ways:
1. Cogmed training is backed by solid research that no one else can match.
2. Cogmed training is provided exclusively by a network of carefully trained and qualified professionals. They make sure each Cogmed trainee gets the coaching needed for the best possible results.
3. An outstanding track record of strong and lasting effects in our thousands of trainees in America and around the world show that Cogmed training makes a real difference in people’s lives.
* Above stated FAQ about Cogmed Training are referenced from cogmed.com website.