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Q & A
What Is Neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is a specialty within Clinical Psychology that focuses on relationships between Brain and Behavior.
Who Is A Qualified Neuropsychologist?
Licensed Psychologist with specialized training and experience, which ideally includes:
- Predoctoral coursework & training training in psychology and neuropsychology.
- APA approved psychology Internship specializing in Neuropsychology
- Formal postdoctoral training focusing on brain-behavior relationships and neuropsychological assessment.
To view my qualifications, please visit the About page.
What Services Do You Offer?
I offer a variety of services including psychological assessments, psychotherapy and counseling. For a complete list, please visit the Services page.
Where Are You Located?
My offices are located in Franklin, MA & Sandwich, MA (Spaulding Center for Children). For more details, please visit the Contact page.
How Long Is The Wait For An Appointment?
Scheduling is not done far in advance. Therefore, if the matter is urgent, you can often get an appointment within a few weeks. If time is of the essence, make this known on first contact.
What Is Assessed?
A typical assessment may include the following:
- Verbal intelligence
- Practical reasoning
- Planning and organization
- Abstract concept formation
- Practical thinking
- Verbal fluency
- Auditory comprehension
- Verbal learning & memory
- Executive functioning
- Nonverbal intelligence
- Visual imagery
- Academic skills
- Auditory processing
- Perceptual and motor abilities
- Nonverbal learning & memory
How Long Does A Full Assessment Take?
This depends on the questions being addressed but full assessments often take all day (up to 8 hours). There is almost always a morning and an afternoon session with a break in between. Most people, including many children, find it interesting as well as challenging.
What If I Get Tired?
Don't worry, there will be breaks throughout the day, so bring your favorite snacks! Learning what causes your fatigue, how quickly you tire, how fatigue affects your performance and if you can recover, may provide essential information. While this is rare, if necessary, one or more additional sessions will be scheduled if fatigue is a major issue.
What Should I Bring?
Please be sure to bring the following items (if applicable):
- Insurance card
- Glasses or hearing aid
- Favorite snacks and drinks
- Medical history
- List of medications
- Any previous assessments
- ADHD medication if we discussed testing off meds in the morning
- Contact info for:
- Anyone you want to receive the results
- Your doctor
- Referring professional
- Any questionnaires mailed to you
- List of questions & concerns that you would like addressed
Cost & INSURANCE
Will My Insurance Cover?
This depends on your insurance policy and the diagnosis, problem or concern. If the only concern is academic then insurance is will not cover psychological or neuropsychological assessment. You need to check your insurance to find out the co-pay, if there is a deductible and if you need pre-authorization for assessment. If needed, my office will obtain the pre-authorization.
What Will Neuropsychological Assessment Cost To Pay Out Of Pocket?
This depends on what is required. The first step is to generate a list of questions that you would like to have addressed & to find any prior testing, if there is any. Cost can range from $180 for a diagnostic interview to a $5,000 neuropsychological assessment for the Federal Aviation Administration. If seen in Spaulding Cape Cod, then there may also be a clinic fee if your insurance is not Blue Cross. .
What Is The Cost For Psychotherapy & Coaching?
$150 per 55 minute hour for an in-person session if paid on date of service.
$125 per 55 minute hour for phone/video conference if paid on date of service.
Do You Have A Sliding Fee Scale?
Yes. This requires payment on the date of service.
What Forms Of Payment Do You Accept?
Will Your Office Submit the Insurance Claim?
Yes, if Blue Corss
What Insurance Is Accepted?
- Blue Cross
- Other commercial insurance if there are out of network benefits