A neuropsychological evaluation consists of an initial interview with Dr. Priano followed by testing, administered by Dr. Priano or the Psychometrician.
Ideally, a close family member, spouse, close friend, or caregiver should be present for the initial clinical interview which is aimed at gathering medical and personal information including onset of symptoms, medical history, medications, and other relevant personal information. Approximately, the process takes about an hour.
Testing involves taking paper-and-pencil or computerized tests and answering questions. Approximately, a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation may take anywhere from two to four hours, sometimes more, depending on the problem being assessed. Breaks will be provided as needed. Most people find the examination challenging and interesting.
Patients are recommended to bring along a snack and to wear comfortable clothes to be comfortable. Water, coffee, and tea are available at the office. Have a good night of sleep and eat a nourishing meal before your visit.
After neuropsychological testing is completed, Dr. Priano prepares the report. It might take 1-2 weeks before Dr. Priano meets again with the patient and family member. The session lasts about an hour and test results, recommendations, and treatment plan are discussed. Educational material is often provided.
It always begins with an initial interview with Dr. Priano to gather relevant personal, psychological, and medical information. Then, a psychological assessment is administered to answer the specific referral question, for example, psychological clearance before bariatric surgery or spinal cord stimulator trial.
Psychological testing may involve direct face-to-face time with the psychologist and it measures attitude, motivation, depression, anxiety, and other mental health related disorders. After the assessment or after the initial clinical interview, Dr. Priano will be able to offer her clinical impressions and recommendations on the necessity to pursue psychotherapy or other behavioral / psychological interventions.
Psychotherapy involves discussing important aspects of one's life in order to achieve a better understanding of one's maladaptive thinking and behaviors, to find solutions to specific problems, to improve one's relationships, to reduce feelings of distress, and ultimately, to improve one's quality of life.
Dr. Priano uses a client-centered approach in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions.
It engages in specialized cognitive training to compensate for deficits in attention, memory, executive functioning, and visuo-spatial functioning following an acquired brain injury. It aimed at maximizing safety, daily functioning, independence, and quality of life.
Improved Memory and Concentration
Improved Communication Skills
Learning Coping & Self-Care Strategies
Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
Improved Quality of Life and Independence