What is a Psychometric Assessment?
A psychometric assessment measures psychological characteristics such as personality traits, behavioural styles, cognitive abilities, motivations etc. The word psychometric literally means psychological measurement.
Types of Psychological Assessments
The Wellness Centre offers the following types of assessment for children (from 6 years old), adolescents and adults.
Cognitive / Intellectual Assessment
Cognitive assessments measure a range of mental processes, such as memory, problem-solving, decision-making, learning and attention, with a focus on identifying areas of cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
Learning Disorder Assessments
Identifying Specific Learning Disorders (e.g. maths, reading and written expression disorders) often requires both cognitive and academic achievement testing. Cognitive assessment can highlight learning problems, and academic achievement testing provides a benchmark to compare performance.
Personality Assessment (Adolescents and Adults only)
A personality assessment is designed to assist in clinical diagnosis, and structuring suitable psychological interventions. A personality assessment may be a useful adjunct to therapy.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessments
Completing an ASD assessment is a lengthy process. It involves an assessment of the individual’s developmental history as well as an assessment of his/her current strengths and challenges. Areas that are assessed include cognition, communication, social, behavioural and adaptive skills.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
One of the challenges of diagnosing ADHD is it can be accompanied by other disorders (i.e., learning disorders, mood disorders and oppositional defiant or conduct disorder). Therefore, a comprehensive assessment is required to assess not only attention and hyperactively, but other challenging behaviours, learning difficulties and mood disorders.
The centre currently offers limited neuropsychological assessment in cases where it is clinically important to evaluate higher-level executive functions. These assessments are completed in conjunction with a comprehensive clinical interview, cognitive and memory assessments.
If you require a psychological assessment not listed above please call the centre on (07) 4923 2233.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a treatment offered for behavioural and mental health issues. Through psychotherapy, psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.
There are various approaches to psychotherapy - including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy and other kinds of talk therapy. It provides a supportive environment that allows individuals to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and non-judgmental.
You and your psychologist will work together to identify and change thoughts and behavioural patterns that are keeping you from living a full and meaningful life.
The Wellness Centre has been providing therapy and offers a range of therapy options for adults, children (from age 6) and families. The therapies offered are evidence-based and best practice.
- Anxiety and related disorders
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Attacks or Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Depression and Bipolar disorders
- Trauma and related disorders
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
- Adjustment issues
- Grief and loss
- Stress management
- Relationship issues
- Sleep difficulties
- Pain management
- Health-related problems
Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy
The Wellness Centre can assist in providing treatment for a variety of emotional and behavioural issues impacting on child and adolescent wellbeing. Our therapists are committed to using a holistic approach involving parents and caregivers, as appropriate, to learn strategies and build skills to assist their child or adolescent.
- Anxiety and related issues
- Social Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Depression and mood difficulties
- Family adjustment to change
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder - social skills development
- Disruptive or oppositional behaviour
- Interpersonal problems
- Anger management
- Social skills
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-coping skills
Our Centre is exploring opportunities to partner with community agencies that have identified client needs for group services. Please contact Leonie Lorien, Wellness Centre Director, on (07) 4923 2233 for more information.