Additional Services

Neuropsychological Evaluations

PCI is now offering neuropsychological evaluations via telehealth. Our novel assessment battery consists of various empirically supported cognitive and behavioral assessments designed to obtain a comprehensive picture of our patients’ functioning and maximize our ability to best serve our patients and their treatment needs.

We are committed to empowering our patients by deepening their insight into their cognitive health and cultivating informed, individualized treatment plans. Our neuropsychological assessment and compassionate, dedicated team of providers strives to understand our patients beyond traditional modalities and help them reach their treatment goals.

Make PCI your last stop on your treatment journey.

PCI is now offering neuropsychological evaluations via telehealth. Our novel evaluation battery is skillfully cultivated to offer greater clinical utility and efficiency while adhering to ethical and safety guidelines amid the global pandemic.

PCI’s virtually delivered assessment battery, consisting of a variety of cognitive and behavioral domains, is designed to obtain a comprehensive picture of our patients’ functioning to optimize therapeutic utility, capturing elements that may be otherwise undetectable through traditional psychotherapeutic modalities.

Our team is dedicated to proactively staying abreast of the latest research on telepractice to ensure the reliable and valid delivery of the evaluation measures via telehealth. Research suggests that psychopathology and substance use can result in significant cognitive changes, subsequently altering thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Such changes can influence one’s functioning and ability to engage in treatment. Likewise, one’s cognitive state can be impacted by these cognitive alterations, creating challenges that manifest across an array of domains within one’s overall functioning (i.e., interpersonal, occupational, academic). Therefore, by assessing cognitive domains via objective neuropsychological measures, we can help discern the extent to which psychiatric and substance use concerns may be impacting our patients’ cognitive functionality and related activities of daily living. Our team of providers utilize assessment data to collaboratively inform therapeutic interventions, provide recommendations, and create individualized treatment plans.

Our interdisciplinary team is collaboratively engaged to consider the factors within our patients’ clinical picture to optimize our ability to best serve our patients and their treatment needs. As such, we strive to integrate patient bio psychosocial domains with assessment data, as well as cultural and other demographic factors, to offer a comprehensive snapshot of our patients’ functioning. Our goal is to support our patients’ treatment course, across an array of diagnoses and referral questions, by systematically gathering information from a breadth of sources to offer a valuable resource in support of their treatment journey.

We value helping our patients acquire the tools to assert agency and take control of their lives. Through the provision of assessment protocols rooted in empiricism, we strive to help empower our patients by deepening their insight into their functioning, identifying their strengths and weakness to enhance their capacity to establish treatment goals and expectations. We aspire to engage collaboratively with our patients, as we recognize the benefits of cognitive insight relative to the treatment process.

Our teleneuropsychological evaluation captures information across object and subjective measures assessing ones functional status within the scope of:

  • Attention/Concentration
  • Information Processing
  • Learning and Memory
  • Language
  • Adaptive behaviors
  • Executive Functioning
    • Impulse control
    • Decision making, planning
    • Behavioral monitoring
    • Self-regulation

Collectively, our battery can help address questions including, but not limited to:

  1. The strategies one uses to process, learn, store, search for/retrieve, and recall information from their memory store.
  2. The contexts and types of tasks one performs better or worse in to identify strength and growth edges of functioning.
  3. Self-regulation and inhibitory skills, which reflect the ability to refrain from inappropriate and non constructive behavior in order to initiate a more appropriate response.
  4. Understand cognitive control capacities (i.e., cognitive flexibility) to support treatment adherence and/or relapse prevention.
  5. One’s adaptability to circumstances; ability to control thoughts and actions in various environments or situations.
  6. The mental health impacts on performance on daily tasks by discerning applications of cognitive performance that parallel activities of daily living.
  7. Understand one’s reflective style; how one reflects upon, integrates, and responds to stimuli.

 

Note to our patients:

Notwithstanding the challenges and external factors beyond control amid telehealth implementations, evaluating these areas permits us to deepen your individualized treatment plan and ensure that you get the most from your treatment at PCI. With our compassionate, dedicated team of providers, we are excited to offer this service to you. While our novel implementation is not intended for diagnostic purposes, we hope that this service will help you learn how your brain functions to expand your resource tool belt and reach your goals. Make PCI your last stop on your treatment journey.

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Family Night.

As a part of ongoing efforts to support our community amid the outbreak of COVID-19, PCI is offering an open and interactive virtual discussion with Dr. Miriam Hamideh and Dr. Joshua Diamond to patients, friends, and family to provide helpful information and respond to any concerns.

We will be discussing what measures PCI is taking to provide continued group and individual medical consultations and psychotherapy sessions on an online platform. Additionally, we will provide current medical updates on the virus, as well as explore the impact of home isolation measures on substance use disorder, recovery, and potential of relapse. The latter half of the meeting will be dedicated to answering any questions that may arise.

We at PCI strive to ensure the safety and security of our community’s well being, and hope to be your trusted resource for information about the shifts our community is facing, and how they may pertain to mental health and substance use.

We hope to see you for tonight’s discussion.

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00pm