Comprehensive Assessment of Children and Adults

Welcome

 

I am a clinical psychologist with specialized training and extensive experience in psychological, neuropsychological and educational evaluations of children and adults (learn about me and my training). 

 

I welcome individuals and families seeking evaluations for ADHD, learning problems, school accommodations (IEP), work accommodations, complex psychological concerns, mental health conditions that have not responded to treatment, personality testing, and second opinions.  I also work with individuals who just want to gain a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

People who seek my services usually want questions like the following answered:

  • I feel like my mind is not "working" like it used to or how it should. What is happening? What can I do?

  • My child's behavior has changed and/or their grades have declined and I am worried about them. How can I help them become their "old self"?

  • Mental health treatment has not helped me (or my child) as much as I would like. Am I "missing" something? What else could I be doing?

  • Why am I having difficulty completing work or managing tasks that seem easy or are automatic for everyone else?

  • Why is my very bright child having difficulty with school work? What can I and their school do to help?

 

Scroll down for a brief summary of my services or select one of the service categories below for more detailed information.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or if I may be of help. I look forward to hearing from you.

Services

Psychological Evaluations: Help you understand why you (or your child) feel, think or behave a certain way. The purpose of these evaluations is to provide specific, implementable recommendations to guide treatment and care. Examples of issues that are addressed include:

 

  • Diagnostic clarification 

  • Recommendations for psychological conditions that have not benefited from treatment or have reached a treatment impasse

  • Evaluation for the presence of early (prodromal) symptoms of severe mental illnesses 

  • Personality testing     

Educational Evaluations: Conducted to determine how your (or your child's) cognitive abilities, academic skills, and emotional state impact academic achievement Their purpose is to identify interventions and accommodations that will help improve academic performance.  Examples of issues that are addressed:

 

  • Learning disorders and other conditions that affect learning

  • Recommendations for school services

  • Admission test (SAT, ACT, GRE, etc.) accommodations

  • Giftedness and twice exceptional

  • Testing for private school admissions

Neuropsychological Evaluations: They identify the reasons why you or your child may be struggling with problems such as forgetfulness, distractibility, poor language skills, delays in development, difficulty with day to day activities, hyperactivity, impulsivity, cognitive decline, poor social skills, etc.  Examples of issues that are addressed:

  • Concerns about attention, concentration, cognitive ability, memory, language skills, learning, academic skills, impulsivity, problem-solving abilities, perceptual and motor activities, planning, etc. 

  • ADHD and other neurological disorders

  • Functioning in individuals with conditions such as tumors, head injuries, seizures, in-utero substance exposure, dementia, and other health conditions

For Professionals:

 

  • Formal and informal consultation

  • Expanding assessment skills to include individuals of different age groups

  • Workshops and presentations (inquire about free services)

  • Second opinions

  • Help deciding what type of assessment is right for you client

 
 
How can I help?
I provide free phone consultations.

 

Easy access right off the highway with ample free parking

 

Ana C. DiRago, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Tel: 650.378.1556

Fax: 1.888.745.8092

www.diragoassessment.com