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”

The Ultimatum: Michael Scott Does DBT

In honor of The Office leaving Netflix (US) last night, I spent a lot of yesterday afternoon marathoning. (I have to say, though, the Super Fan episodes on Peacock make me feel like I’m watching for the first time again!) Choosing a favorite episode of The Office is like choosing a favorite child; I justContinue reading “The Ultimatum: Michael Scott Does DBT”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Personality Test?

Like I mentioned in my initial post, a “psych eval” can refer to many different things. Today I thought I would educate a bit on what it means when you get a personality assessment or take a personality test. These are different than the “personality tests” you find on websites like Buzzfeed and are admittedlyContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Personality Test?”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Source?

I spoke last week about referral questions, or what you are hoping to learn from a psychological evaluation. This week, I want to talk about referral sources, or who recommends that you get a psychological evaluation. Working with kids, most of my referrals come from pediatricians, and a lot of adults get referred by theirContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Referral Source?”

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”

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?”

Intrusive Thoughts: Changing The Radio Station

Intrusive thoughts are common for trauma survivors or people with diagnoses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety disorders. That’s why it is important for therapists to have a variety of thought stopping exercises. The following is written with children in mind, but this skill can absolutely be used by adults as well. Do you everContinue reading “Intrusive Thoughts: Changing The Radio Station”

Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Psych Eval?

One of the tricky things about getting help with your mental health is that many people don’t know where to start or what to ask for. We don’t get educated about psychology unless we specifically go to school for it (but thank God I memorized all 50 state capitals and only remember 10 of them!).Continue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: What Is A Psych Eval?”

How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?

Last week on Twitter, a social worker asked, “Child and family therapists who don’t have kids, what are you even doing?” (I might have the wording slightly wrong, as I didn’t screen shot and she deleted her account shortly afterwards, but the gist is in tact.) Seeing as I’m a child therapist/psychologist who doesn’t haveContinue reading “How Can You Be A Child Therapist If You Don’t Have Kids?”