Neuropsychological Evaluations: Neuropsychology is the branch of psychology that deals primarily with brain functioning including a person’s cognitive (thinking) ability and emotional/behavioral regulation. Neuropsychological tests are used to measure these variables and the results are integrated in a way to comment on a person’s ability, disability, diagnosis, capacity and overall level of functioning. Neuropsychological evaluations can be useful to assess for possible brain injury and/or cognitive/intellectual impairments. Further, this information is very useful for diagnostic determinations, treatment planning after injury, and for assessing someone’s general abilities/disabilities. The following are types of neuropsychological evaluations offered by Dr. Ganci:
- Clinical: Clinical neuropsychological evaluations are usually at the request of a referring physician (i.e., neurologist, psychiatrist or another psychologist) and are aimed at providing a diagnosis and assisting in treatment planning.
- Forensic: Forensic neuropsychological evaluations are usually at the request of a lawyer or the court to aide in legal matters.
- Independent Medical Evaluations (IME): IME’s are usually at the request of Workers Compensation or insurance carriers to assess an individual’s status, treatment progress and/or the necessity and scope of ongoing care.
- Capacity: Capacity is defined as the ability of an individual to make an informed decision. Capacity neuropsychological evaluations can be useful in determining whether an individual is capable of making decisions regarding their personal affairs including, but not limited to, healthcare, finances and legal matters.
Therapy: In general, therapy is conducted to assist individuals in managing a particular problem and helping them improve the quality of their daily living. The following are types of therapies offered by Dr. Ganci:
- Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is a relationship oriented, talk-based approach to treating psychiatric disturbances. The nature of treatment depends on the particular problem, the characteristics of the individual, and their specific needs. Dr. Ganci employs a solution-based theoretical orientation, which includes aspects of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral theory. The ultimate goal is to collaborate with the individual to reduce/eliminate unwanted symptoms and to build mechanisms that the person can eventually use on their own to improve the quality of their lives.
- Cognitive Rehabilitation: Cognitive Rehabilitation is the systematic use of evidence-based techniques to treat cognitive and/or behavioral problems resulting from acquired brain injury. These techniques are generally aimed at improving one’s compromised cognitive skills while at the same time reinforcing new skills and behaviors to be used as compensation. The ultimate goal is to improve functioning in the person’s day-to-day living.
- Health and Behavior therapy: Health and Behavior therapy is treatment to assist individuals in coping with and managing the consequences of their injury and/or disability. Often, this therapy focuses on building adjustment behaviors and methods to overcome various obstacles created by their injury/disability.