According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V), ADHD is a complex psychiatric condition that often persists over a lifetime. Symptoms can vary amongst individuals and present differently for boys, girls, men, and women, but fall into three categories:
ADHD usually becomes problematic for an individual once the symptoms begin to interfere with the quality of social, academic or workplace functioning.
ADHD does not discriminate by gender, age, or race. About one million Canadians are currently living with ADHD; these individuals come from diverse age, race and gender demographics. ADHD symptoms usually begin in childhood and often go unnoticed until adulthood, at which point individuals begin the process of seeking diagnosis and treatment. (Please note that while the term ADD is sometimes used instead of ADHD, both terms refer to the same condition. ADHD is now the preferred term as it encompasses the full spectrum of attention deficit presentation and treatment. An ADD assessment is thus exactly the same as an ADHD assessment.)
Do you or a loved one:
Even if the above ADHD signs are regularly observed in an individual, it does not necessarily confirm a diagnosis of ADHD. However, when these symptoms become significantly pronounced and begin to impact one’s life and functioning, individuals may want to be formally tested for ADHD.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of ADHD, a standardized assessment by a registered professional will help determine the extent to which you formally meet the criteria for an ADHD diagnosis. This test will include computerized simulations and assessments, behavioural analyses, and various other assessments administered at the discretion of the professional providing the evaluation. This process is thorough, as it can be difficult to distinguish ADHD from learning disorders, processing disorders, or other conditions that tend to mimic or co-exist with ADHD.
I am a Registered Psychologist with a specialty in psycho-educational, cognitive and psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. I bring more than fifteen years of psychology and assessment expertise to provide the highest level of support to individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. My goal is to help you embrace your uniqueness to build a more joyful, healthy and productive life.
I know what it feels like to live with ADHD. I understand its deep challenges as well as the opportunities it provides for growth, meaning, and connection. I work from this unique vantage point of understanding and empathy to provide you with a professional ADHD assessment that will help you discover your potential to grow and thrive.
I bring my extensive psychological assessment experience to provide ADHD assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.
For your convenience, I offer my ADHD assessment and screening services from both Calgary and Bragg Creek practise locations. I also welcome clients from Redwood Meadows, Millarville, Priddis, Cochrane, Springbank, Black Diamond and surrounding areas.
Many government and publicly-funded ADHD assessment agencies have long wait lists - sometimes as long as one year or more. This means that many are forced to wait long periods of time for the funding and support they require. In contrast, I work hard to provide open doors for my clients and strive to provide you with a much shorter time frame.
If you or a loved one suspects you might have ADHD, I can help. Please contact me today to book an assessment.
We will begin with an initial consultation, in which I will ask specifically tailored questions and focus on any behavior symptoms associated with ADHD. I will also answer any questions and concerns you may have. This will give me a better understanding of your unique situation, your history, and the areas of functioning where you experience the greatest impact from your symptoms.
Standardized assessments are used to determine the extent to which you formally meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD. The standardized assessments comprise of intellectual functioning, computerized simulation, questionnaires and checklists. Afterward, I will review your results with you and provide analysis, integration, interpretation and feedback with recommendations tailored to your unique needs.
A formal or summary report can be provided. This is the most expensive part of the process. In some cases, clients do not need a report; however, for many, such a report is needed for a variety of reasons. In this report, we will identify your strengths, development areas, learning profile, appropriate strategies, as well as resources and recommendations to support you in your education, work and daily living.
Professional fees are $200.00 per hour for consultations, report writing and form completion. These fees are payable after each session via cash or cheque. A flat rate fee is calculated for comprehensive psychoeducational, professional, vocational, ADHD or career assessment packages.
For your convenience, we provide official receipts, as some health insurance plans and extended health care benefits packages will reimburse incurred costs. In some cases, government-sponsored agencies such as Children’s Services and Alberta Human Services will provide coverage as well. Additionally, psychological services are considered a tax-deductible medical expense and you can use your payment receipt as an official tax receipt.
Assessment materials are charged separately and we will inform you of additional costs upfront.
Sometimes, clients will request a referral letter. We do not charge for referral letters in cases where a formal written report is not required. In this case, referral letters are included in the overall fee. Pending the results of your assessment, we will review whether or not a referral letter is necessary.
We require 24 hours advance notice should there be a need to cancel a booked appointment.
If you are wondering whether you meet the criteria for an official diagnosis of ADHD, and if you would like to start living to your full potential, reach out today. I will meet you where you are at and come alongside you to help you move forward and reach your goals. I focus on your unique needs and provide access to a wide variety of resources. When necessary, I also refer clients to other professionals, including counsellors, pediatricians, family doctors, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, behavioural optometrists, and tutors. Begin harnessing your full potential -- contact us today!