We offer expert and specialized services for clients with Aspergers/Autism and trauma profiles
What is the difference between a clinical diagnosis and a psychological/neuropsychological battery?
Clinical Diagnostic Assessment:
A clinical diagnostic assessment is a clear description of how an individual meets or does not meet specific diagnoses depending on the presenting concern. These evaluations typically consist of a comprehensive clinical interview and observation, including: Reviewing developmental, medical, educational and vocational history Reviewing any prior testing or diagnostic labels Use of rating scales/questionnaires to probe and gather more detailed information regarding possible diagnoses utilizing DSM 5 and ICD 9 criterion.
While diagnoses may be necessary for medical, academic, legal, and insurance purposes, they ultimately clarify an individual’s strengths and challenges and assist in developing an accurate and informed treatment plan so that challenges can be addressed effectively to overall quality of life.”
A neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of how the brain processes, organizes, retains and uses information accessed through the senses. This involves evaluating cognitive and intellectual functioning inclusive of verbal and language abilities, visual perception, logic and reasoning, memory, speed of processing and fine and gross motor skills.
Additionally, executive functioning including attention, concentration, self-regulation and organization skills are evaluated along with an individual’s motivation, mood state and emotion, quality of life and personality styles. The areas addressed in an individual’s evaluation are determined by the referral question (what the referring doctor and patient wants to know), patient’s complaints and symptoms, and observations made during interview and test administration.
Process of Evaluations:
- Initial call or email/referral
- Fill out initial paperwork/scheduling initial meeting (zoom or in-person)
- Completing some surveys and measures (if applicable prior to meeting)
- Connecting with a psychologist, either for a clinical diagnosis or a full evaluation
- Testing and or further surveys and screeners for self and partner/parent/family member
- Meeting for a feedback session and personalized recommendations
- Written report if applicable
- Collaborating with the treatment team or connecting you to a skilled therapist and/or team
This 10-week program is for teens or adults with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning autism, nonverbal learning disorder, social anxiety, or anyone who experiences difficulties with social interactions and wants guidance and support. Topics covered include understanding nonverbal communication, making and maintaining relationships, conversation skills, use of social media, appropriate dating practices, and school/job-related issues. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of the group members. Facilitated by Dr.Jaime Black.
COUPLES GROUP DETAILS:
Each group consists of 3 – 5 couples. Smaller groups meet for 60 minutes. Larger groups meet for 90 minutes. Couples commit to meeting once a month for 4 consecutive months.
Facilitated by Grace Myhill.
If you find yourself struggling with the social demands of everyday life, flooded with negative thoughts or defeating yourself, you’re probably missing out on developing friendships and intimacy. This group will help you practice cognitive and behavioral techniques to enhance your professional and personal relationships. Ideal for young adults who are looking to practice social skills and expand their social interactions by providing opportunities to participate in planned outings throughout NYC. Facilitated by Nora Salazar, Coach.
Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, boost focus, increase productivity, enhance communication and interpersonal skills, and live a more integrated, fulfilling, and healthy life. This Mindfulness Meditation workshop will also teach you how to detach from negative experiences, savor positive experiences, tune into your breath, pause before reacting to tough situations, and relaxation techniques that can work anytime, anywhere. Facilitated by Nora Salazar, Coach.
This group is designed to help young adults practice social skills with same-aged peers in a safe and supportive environment. This group provides opportunities to practice and strengthen social skills, connect with peers as well as plan and participate in outings throughout NYC. This group is ideal for young adults who are looking to expand their social experiences. Social Skills Group for Young Adults meets weekly and is facilitated by Leslie Sickels, LCSW.
These groups are designed to bring family members together in a supportive environment where they can develop greater intimacy and connection. The group will aid members in identifying past traumas that are being played out, teach members how to expand the window of tolerance in the way the family regulates emotionally and connects, increase intimacy, and improve attachment patterns. This group is facilitated by Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian.
This interactive narrative group promotes questioning and awareness of ourselves, our community, and the world in which we interact. It is a collective of autobiographical stories brought together in one script and performed by the client, the author. We explore a variety of themes such as love, loyalty, disability, mental illness, acculturation, inter-generational family legacies, addiction, trauma, violence, sexism, shame, and success.
Designed to inspire relational dialogue and conflict resolution, this group enables participants to transcend the barriers of experience, identity, and culture that disconnect them from others, and effectively foster growth, connection, and healing. This narrative healing group is facilitated by Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian.