Neuropsychological Evaluations

Neuropsychological evaluations are comprehensive assessments of how the brain is functioning based on the connection between brain and behavior. A typical evaluation includes review of pertinent records (to include psychological, psychiatric, medical), clinical interview (may also include collateral interviews), administration of a battery of tests (some self-report measures, though the majority are tests administered by the clinician), scoring (based on standardized interpretations compared to expected level of functioning) to determine strengths and weaknesses, interpretation of scores, and report. Neuropsychological Evaluations are typically requested when changes are noticed in functional ability, for example, with work or social interactions.

Common referrals for evaluation include conditions such as:
• Concussive injuries
• Traumatic brain injury (such as sports injuries or stroke)
• Psychiatric disorders
• Neurodegenerative conditions (such as dementia or movement disorders)

Neuropsychological evaluations may also include:
• Disability determination or for forensic (legal) purposes
• Tracking changes, progress, or decline in cognitive functioning over time

Psychological Evaluations

Psychological evaluations involve examination with use of empirically validated measures by means of psychological test administration and/or self-report inventories; available records (to include psychological, psychiatric); and clinical interview (may also include collateral interviews) to determine mental disorder diagnosis/diagnoses, personality characteristics or profiles, and behavioral patterns. Such evaluations may also provide recommendations to improve daily functioning and interpersonal relationships.

Common referrals for evaluation include conditions such as:
• Mood/Depressive Disorders
• Anxiety Disorders
• Trauma Disorders
• Adjustment Disorders and general adjustment problems
• Personality or characterological concerns

Dr. Holsman is not currently available for ongoing psychotherapy.