What is a neuropsychology assessment?
Neuropsychology refers to the relationship between brain function, emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and cognitive functioning. Many people experience difficulties with their cognitive abilities, such as difficulty with their thinking and reasoning skills, poor memory, concentration, attention, and language difficulties, for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes these difficulties manifest as challenges with solving problems, decision making, and managing emotions. Common reasons for cognitive difficulties include chronic health conditions that affect how the brain functions. For example, disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, as well as the consequence of serious mental health difficulties, such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. Experiencing difficulties with cognitive function can be very distressing and affect people’s ability to engage in daily activities, sustain meaningful relationships and can impact on education, work, daily activities, relationships, and quality of life. Understanding specific areas of strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to cope with cognitive problems, can support people to live well despite their difficulties.
When should I consider a neuropsychology assessment?
A neuropsychology assessment offers an opportunity to better understand different areas of your thinking and reasoning abilities through a formal assessment. If you have any of the conditions mentioned above and or have noticed any difficulties with your memory, thinking and/or reasoning abilities, it would be helpful to explore a neuropsychology assessment.
Who will carry out the assessment?
Dr Sara Simblett is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Neuropsychology and is highly experienced and skilled in delivering neuropsychology assessments. Dr Simblett leads the Neuropsychology assessments within The Chelsea Psychology Service.
What to expect from a neuropsychology assessment?
A neuropsychology assessment can take up to four hours and involves a clinical interview with the client (and sometimes consultation with someone who knows the client well) to better understand the exact nature of a client’s concern and experiences. Following completion of the clinical interview, each client completes a series of thinking and reasoning tasks, which can involve practical paper and pencil tasks to measure cognitive performance. The results of the client’s performance on these tests are used to create a cognitive profile of strengths and weaknesses. All assessments are followed up with a report summarising the overall findings and include recommendations for further support and/or information on potential compensatory strategies. If clinically indicated, neurorehabilitation for cognitive difficulties can be offered with a specialist psychologist within the clinic.
What is the cost of the assessment?
The cost of a neuropsychology assessment starts from £2500. Please contact our clinic directly to discuss the fees.