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Clinical Neuropsychology Perth

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Clinical Neuropsychology Services Perth

At Gateway Psychological Services, we are committed to treating a variety of conditions to help people overcome life’s challenges. Our team of experienced neuropsychologists can give you the tools you need to understand and overcome difficulties and issues, so you can take control of your health and wellbeing.

Clinical Neuropsychologists have training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the brain. Clinical Neuropsychologists are trained to assist with diagnosis and treatment planning in a range of complex conditions. Brain dysfunction is often considered an invisible disability as individuals may have no physical signs of injury, but have reduced functioning because of their cognitive impairments.

This can have a significant impact on returning to work or study, and maintaining personal relationships. Clinical Neuropsychologists have scientifically validated tools for assessing and understanding the real life manifestations of brain dysfunction.

Whilst neuroimaging (MRI and PET) can show structure and function of the brain, only Clinical Neuropsychologists can integrate medical, personal and psychological factors into a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s overall cognition and quality of life.

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Learning Disorders

Attention Defecit Hyper Disorder (ADHD)
Austism Spectrum Disorder
Learning and language disorders

Degenerative Disorders

Traumatic brain injury therapy
Neurodegenerative disorders
Alzheimer’s disease
Lewy Bodies disease
Parkinson’s disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Psychiatric Disorders

Bipolar Disorder
Schizophrenia
Anxiety
Depression
Addiction/Substance Abuse

When is a Clinical Neuropsychologist needed?

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Confirm or clarify a diagnosis. Clarify what compensatory strategies may be useful.
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Provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational, or other services.
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Document changes in functioning since prior examinations, including effects of treatment.
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Referrals to other specialists, such as educational psychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists or social workers.

Examples of referral questions:

  • Learning and development: Does this client have a developmental disorder affecting learning? If so, how can we help to circumvent these weaknesses and provide the best learning environment for success?
  • Traumatic brain injury: What are the enduring effects of an injury and what treatment might help? (When problems are very mild, testing may be the only way to detect them).
  • For legal purposes: are an individual’s cognitive problems the consequence of some kind of accident?
  • Memory and aging: Is this normal age-related change or a disease?
  • Changes in personality and behavior: Are these symptoms of a psychiatric disorder or do they signify a brain-related syndrome?

Neuropsychological assessment

The neuropsychological evaluation will commence with a clinical interview to gather relevant historical information. Further information is obtained through reviewing medical and other records or reports. With the client’s permission, family members may be interviewed and asked to share their perceptions on important aspects of the history and symptoms.

The neuropsychological examination typically consists of the administration of standardized tests using oral questions, paper and pencil tasks and the manipulation of materials such as blocks and puzzles. There are no invasive procedures. The Clinical Neuropsychologist may also administer tests and questionnaires pertaining to the client’s mood, behavior, and personality.

Neuropsychological Assessment for Children

A neuropsychological assessment can be useful for:

  • Profiling a child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Diagnosis of cognitive impairment
  • Identification and treatment planning for children who may be experiencing difficulties with aspects of their cognition including memory, attention, learning, language, executive functioning (including problem solving, planning & organisation etc.)
  • Provide a baseline for future comparison of neuropsychological changes over time.
  • It can be used to predict possible educational, vocational and social outcomes. This may be important for decisions around school placement or career choices etc.

Child psychology

What does the assessment involve?

  • An interview with the child’s primary carer/s to obtain important developmental information and to clarify current concerns.
  • A range of activities which may include a child answering questions, remembering stories, looking at pictures, completing puzzles or writing things down.
  • Skills examined may include memory, visuo-spatial skills, problem solving, language, concentration, planning and organisation and academic skills.
  • The primary carer may be asked to complete some questionnaires and to pass questionnaires to a child’s teacher or aide.
  • The primary carer may be asked to complete consent forms for the retrieval of hospital records.

What occurs following the assessment?

  • A comprehensive report including recommendations for treatment or future planning will be prepared for the referrer (doctor etc)
  • A feedback session will be offered for the primary carer/s to ensure understanding of the findings and recommendations
  • In certain circumstances a review assessment in 12-18 months may be recommended
Clinical Neuropsychologists have the most scientifically validated tools for assessing and understanding the real life manifestations of brain dysfunction.

Why choose Gateway Psychological Services?

We are an engaging, friendly and approachable practice that works with you to improve your overall quality of life. Gateway Psychology enables you to experience confidence and control while improving your overall quality of life.

  • People – Our team of psychologists is qualified, approachable, and friendly. All practitioners are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Board. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals.
  • Tools – We utilise an assortment of effective, applicable, scientifically validated tools and techniques to address your challenges and empower you to overcome your issues.
  • Results – To overcome your hardships and take control, you must be willing to make changes and succeed. Our practitioners work to the best of their abilities to ensure that you get lasting, life-changing results.

Meet our Clinical Neuropsychologists

Our team is committed to giving you the highest quality psychological services in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our practitioners are extensively trained at the Doctoral level in Clinical neuropsychology.

Dr Kate Elliott

Dr Kate Elliott

Clinical/Neuro Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology (minor in Children and Family Studies) – Edith Cowan University 2004
  • Postgraduate Diploma Psychology – Murdoch University 2005
  • Masters Degree in Community Development – Curtin University 2006
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology – University of Western Australia 2012

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Areas of Interest

Clinical Psychology

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Perfectionism
  • Eating Disorders

Neuropsychology

Assessments to assist with;

  • Returning to the Workplace after Accident
  • Traumatic Brain injury (work place accidents, car accidents, victims of crime)
  • Acquired Brain Injury (strokes, cancer recovery, drug use)
Dr Karen Brooker

Dr Karen Brooker

Clinical/Neuro Psychologist

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 1984
  • Graduate Diploma Psychology – University of Western Australia 2006
  • Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) – University of Western Australia 2007
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology – University of Western Australia 2012

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Areas of Interest

Clinical Psychology

  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Adult survivors of sexual abuse
  • Cancer survivors
  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-natal depression
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Workplace bullying
  • Shyness and social skills deficits
  • Teacher burnout
  • Adjustment post bariatric surgery
  • FIFO adjustment (workers and their families)
  • Helping children adjust to parental separation/divorce

Neuropsychology (6 years +)

  • Intellectual assessment
  • Intellectual disability
  • Academic assessment
  • Learning difficulties
  • School issues
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Vocational assessment and career issues
  • Memory Impairment
  • Impact of Chronic Disease and Medication
Nicola Whalan

Nicola Whalan

Psychologist

Nicola works out of our Beverley clinic located at the Beverley Community Resource Centre 132 Vincent St, Beverley, WA. Please direct all enquires through the Midland Clinic.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Of Arts (1990) Deakin University
  • Post Grad Dip (1992) (Adolescent and Child Psychology) University of Melbourne
  • Master of Educational Psychology (1996) University of Melbourne

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Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety Management using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Reactive and Acute Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, specifically attributable to involvement in combat
  • Grief Processing
  • Family Relationships
  • Workplace/Cultural Adjustment
  • Career Guidance
  • Educational and Vocational Assessments
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Diagnostic Input and Assistance
Esha Jamnadass

Esha Jamnadass

Clinical Psychology Registrar

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Psychology with First Class Honours – University of Western Australia 2011
  • Masters of Clinical Psychology – completed and working towards completion of Doctor of Philosophy University of Western Australia
  • Co-author of three publications: the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Early Human Development and the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

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Presentations 

  • Mental Disorders for Mental Health Week 2016
  • Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference in Philadelphia 2015
  • Presentation at Curtin Autism Research Open Day
  • Presented at Australasian Society for Autism Research conference in Melbourne (December 2014)

Member of the Australian Psychological Society. Member of the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Areas of Interest

  • Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • PSTD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Child Behavioural difficulties
  • Stress management
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Perfectionism
  • Bullying
  • Separation Anxiety
  • School Refusal
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Cognitive Assessments across the lifespan

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Our Location

Gateway Psychological Services is located in Midland, Western Australia. Midland is considered to be the gateway to the Avon Valley and regional areas including the Wheatbelt.

The clinic is situated several minutes away from the beautiful Woodbridge Riverside Park and in close proximity to the picturesque Swan Valley.

Given the proximity to the Wheatbelt, regional clients are welcome. Skype sessions are available for those clients who due to their remote location cannot attend appointments in person. The clinic is also within walking distance of the Midland and Woodbridge train stations.

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