A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional psychologist trained in the science of brain-behavior relationships. The clinical neuropsychologist specializes in assessment and intervention based on the scientific study of human behavior across the lifespan. Behavior it compared to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system (definition by the APA, Div. 40).
Clinical neuropsychologists use current knowledge about the brain-behavior relationship in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of patients with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and/or psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders. Diagnosis is primarily based on patient history, qualitative observation of behavior, results on neuropsychological assessment and qualitative analysis of errors/challenges during formal neuropsychological testing.
The number of treatments will vary depending on the problem and individual. After the initial assessment, the neuropsychologist will discuss their assessment or treatment plan for the process. You can also refer to this website for some guidance.
It is always a good idea to see your Family Doctor first. Tell him or her about your concerns and what you have observed. Take notes if you need to. Neuropsychological evaluation is usually undertaken only after medical causes have been ruled out. Hence, neuropsychologists often work in collaboration with other health professionals.
No, neuropsychologist can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. However, we recommend that you keep your family doctor informed and that you send him or her a copy of your report. Moreover, some health insurers require a doctors referral before they authorise cover of fees, some only require a phone call.
No, only Physicians prescribe medication. Your general physician knows about your hearth, your liver, your kidneys and about your overall health. He/she is in the best position to prescribe and monitor the effect of the medication on your body.
We recommend patients to be transparent with their general physician and tell them about any other medication (legal or not) they may take. Some medication may interact or have secondary effects. Your MD is the one in best position to monitor and respond to any issues in that sense.
Long story short : your GP is the central person when it comes to your physical health. We recommend you inform him/her about your process in neuropsychology. The neuropsychologist can also directly contact your GP and vice versa.
You can book a 2 hours initial in-person consultation during which Dr Gagnon will conduct a thorough interview and basic cognitive screening, as necessary. Based on this initial assessment, a neuropsychological assessment will be recommended or not (see above). You may also receive suggestions and recommendations or a brief educational session, depending on the initial findings and clinical impressions.
Similarly, the term Psychologist is protected by law. Psychologists are extensively trained in the treatment of psychological difficulties. Many also have a specialized area of practice. If your main challenge is anxiety, depression or PTSD, and that is the main reason why you seek help, I recommend you find a Psychologist. Here is how : Province of Quebec: click here Province of Ontario: click here
A psychiatrist is a Physician who has a specialty in Psychiatry. Because they are a Physician (they studied Medicine), they prescribe medication. Psychiatrist mostly work with patients who suffer from psychiatric challenges. Most of them work in hospitals and are covered by RAMQ.
If you have had brain imaging done, please make sure to bring the results with you or to send them to us. You can also kindly ask your family doctor to send us a copy of the results. Diagnosis may also draw on findings from neuroimaging and other diagnostic medical procedures.
After each session, clients can pay by cash, check or internet transfer. After the payment, you will receive an invoice via email. You are responsible for the payment of each session, at the end of each session. For internet transfer, please set it up at the beginning or before the session.
You should check with your health insurance to see what coverage they provide for you, under your plan. We suggest that you read about your insurance coverage early in the process, to avoid surprises. Look under the "Psychologist" category.
After each session, clients can pay by cash, check or internet transfer. I will send you the invoice via email and you can forward it to your insurance company to get reimbursed as per your contract with them. When in doubts, contact your insurer to ask about reimbursements procedure. Remember : neuropsychological services fall under the "Psychologist" category.
We ask that you call or email us 48 hours before the appointment to cancel or re schedule: 1(514)618-0543. There is considerable preparation time allowed to each session so we ask you advise us in advance. Last minute cancellation are usually associated with a 160$-200$ cancellation fee.
You can click on these links, to get brochures from the American Psychological Association (French or English).
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