Interview with Dr. Katie Gordon, Psychologist and Author

I connected with Dr. Katie Gordon on Twitter when she posted about her upcoming book about suicide prevention. Obviously, this is an important topic, and she graciously agreed to an interview with me. Content warning: this post talks about suicidal ideation. 1. Tell me a bit about your professional background. I went to Florida StateContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Katie Gordon, Psychologist and Author”

Psychological Evaluation 101: ADHD

One of the most common referral questions I get for psychological evaluations is for ADHD, so I thought I would speak a bit about what an evaluation for ADHD looks like. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning that the brain of a person with ADHD has structural differences compared to a brain that doesContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: ADHD”

App Review: ProviderResilience

I found my new favorite app. It’s called ProviderResilience, and it’s free. When I saw the name, I knew it would fit right in with my brand! ProviderResilience helps mental health practitioners track levels of burnout and encourages choices that increase our resilience. ProviderResilience has daily affirmations that it encourages you to focus on throughoutContinue reading “App Review: ProviderResilience”

Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids

Like adults, children get referred for psychological evaluations for many different reasons. Usually, the kids I evaluate are sent in from one of three places: The teacher noticed behavioral problems and suggested that the parents talk to someone. The pediatrician noticed something (either the child’s behavior in office or a comment from the parent) thatContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids”

Psychological Evaluation 101: Learning Disorder Assessments

When I was a graduate intern, I did about 200 learning disorder assessments for school kids in Arkansas, to the point that I could pretty much complete one in my sleep (and if dreams count, I often did). Learning disorders (like dyslexia) occur when someone struggles to take in and comprehend new information like theyContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: Learning Disorder Assessments”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What is A Waiver?

A Waiver Evaluation (or Medicaid Waiver) refers to a specific psychological evaluation that determines an individual’s need for government-funded support and services. These are usually requested for adults, but sometimes children are referred for Waiver Evaluations also. Typically, these evaluations assess for Intellectual Disability, as adults with this diagnosis might need extra support in trackingContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What is A Waiver?”

Interview with Dr. Margaret DeLong, Psychologist and Author

I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Margaret DeLong about her work as The Gratitude Psychologist. Dr. DeLong is an author and psychologist with a dynamic and innovative practice, and I loved having the opportunity to get to know her! 1. Your website says you’re the Gratitude Psychologist. What does this mean to you,Continue reading “Interview with Dr. Margaret DeLong, Psychologist and Author”

Online Dollhouse

I’ve been trying to create a virtual dollhouse for months and could not figure out the best way to make it intuitive, simple, and aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, I’m one of thousands in my field, and someone else had a strength I was lacking. Dr. Karen Fried did an amazing job creating an interactive virtual dollhouse,Continue reading “Online Dollhouse”

Skills for BIG Feelings: An Interview with Casey O’Brien Martin

As you all know, I’m constantly looking for new resources for my therapy practice, especially resources that I can share with other therapists. About two weeks ago, I found a fantastic workbook that can be used with kids individually or in a group setting. Skills for BIG Feelings author Casey O’Brien Martin is not onlyContinue reading “Skills for BIG Feelings: An Interview with Casey O’Brien Martin”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Question?

Seeking support for your mental health can be overwhelming and scary. The goal of a psychological evaluation is to answer a question, and finding the right provider to complete the evaluation starts with knowing what that question is. The referral question is what you hope to have answered following the evaluation. Referral questions can beContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Question?”