The professionals at Valley Christian Counseling are skilled in addressing a full range of mental and behavioral health concerns for clients of all ages. We have a strong reputation for effectively working with children, adolescents, couples, individuals and their families. Psychotherapy appointments are normally 50 minutes in duration. The following issues are commonly treated with psychotherapy:
Child and Teen Concerns
-Adjustment/Reactions to Life Events
-Adolescent Relationship Issues
-Anxiety, Worry, Stress
-Attentional Disorders (ADHD)
-Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Self-Injurious Behaviors (Cutting)
-Developmental and Behavioral Problems
-Divorce and Family Problems
-Motivational and Conduct Concerns
-Parent/Child Conflict Resolution
-Poor Self Esteem
-Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar)
-Marital and Relationship Concerns
-Adoption/ Infertility Issues
-Chronic Illness or Pain
-Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
-Adult Children of Alcoholics
-Women's Support Group
-Children's Social Skills Group
Psychological assessments are performed by our licensed psychologist, Dr. Hoffman.
Psychological testing can help improve the accuracy of diagnosis and clarify questions about thinking, performance and personality. When a client has complicated problems, psychological assessment can also help clarify how to proceed with treatment. Dr. Hoffman works closely with your physician, psychiatrist, therapist, or children’s teachers and caregivers to answer referral questions in a comprehensive way.
Psychological assessments typically consist of a clinical interview to obtain information about identified concerns and pertinent background information. A customized battery of psychological assessments and screeners are then administered depending on the client's individual needs and referral question.
Dr. Hoffman personally completes all aspects of the assessment process to ensure the highest quality of services. She does not utilize psychometrists or psychological testing technicians. When selecting psychological assessment services, be sure to ask if all testing will be completed by a doctoral-level psychologist.
Psychological assessments are offered for the following referral questions:
·Child and Adult ADHD Testing
·Autism and Asperger's Disorder
·Learning Disability / Education Planning
·Cognitive/ IQ Assessment
·Personality Disorder Assessments
·Parental Evaluations for Adoption
Only the most current psychological assessments are used, including electronic administration with iPads to enhance reliability and efficiency. Below is a partial list of the wide range of tests that Dr. Hoffman frequently administers:
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
Test of Variables of Attention
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
Behavior Assessment System for Children
Beck Youth Inventories
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
Millon Personality Inventories
Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration
SCAN Tests for Auditory Processing Disorders
Adaptive Behavior Assessment System
For more information about what to expect with psychological testing and assessment, read this article from the American Psychological Assocation.
For some conditions, a combination of psychotherapy and medication may be recommended by your therapist, and a referral for psychiatric care may be made as part of your treatment plan. The therapists at Valley Christian Counseling work closely with many adult psychiatrists and child and adolescent psychiatrists in the community to coordinate care for our clients.