Psychological Testing | Educational Support
Whether a child is inattentive, anxious, sad or struggling to learn, parents may feel unsure of the best ways to help. Through psychological testing and educational support, we guide parents in a compassionate way to a better understanding of the issues and effective solutions.
Since 2000, parents have put their trust in the licensed psychologists at The Pratt Center for psychological assessments of their children. We highlight areas of strength and talent while documenting any less developed skills. We complete psychological assessments of intelligence, academic skills and learning disabilities. We also evaluate anxiety, depression and social skills. Psychological testing can document issues with attention, memory and processing speed.
Psychological testing can assist parents in school placement and clarify the need for educational accommodations and special education services. In completing a psychological assessment, our licensed psychologists spend 18 to 24 hours to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child. We are financially independent of schools, and our psychologists are qualified to give diagnoses, including learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, anxiety, Aspergers and other conditions. We generally have psychological assessment reports ready within one or two weeks of when testing is completed. Our recommendations are thorough, practical and easily understood.
Psychological Testing & Therapy: Bay Area
- Information about therapy for children and teens in Los Altos
- Information about therapy for adults in Los Altos
Therapy for Adults in the Bay Area
Psychotherapy for adults is a collaborative and goal-oriented process and encourages work in between sessions with the psychotherapist. In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), we look closely at the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, feelings and physiological states. These four aspects of the self are intricately related, and small changes in one area lead to changes in other areas. In particular, we attempt to increase positive behaviors and challenge irrational and unproductive thought patterns to create a greater sense of well-being.
Therapy for Children and Adolescents
Children can face a range of difficult problems in their lives that might include sadness, anxiety, academic stress and family conflicts. They need to learn how to understand, control and share their emotions appropriately. They also may struggle to control their behavior and meet the expectations of their parents and teachers. Our child psychologists specialize in supportive therapy for children to help them work through these issues and make better choices in their lives. A child therapist can be a trusted mentor who helps children grow, mature and overcome obstacles.
Adolescence can be a difficult stage in life. Adolescents face increased academic and social pressures just at a time when they are often less open to parental advice. A licensed psychologist can provide an adolescent with needed emotional support in an honest, non-judgmental professional setting. Therapy provides an opportunity for adolescents to work through difficult feelings and learn how to get their needs met. Some adolescents just need a little help to get back on track, and others have more severe mental health issues, such as depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.