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.
Attention Defecit Hyper Disorder (ADHD)
Austism Spectrum Disorder
Learning and language disorders
Gateway Psychological Services is excited to announce we are now offering Autism Spectrum Assessments. It is a requirement for all ASD assessments to be completed by a Psychologist, Speech Pathologist and Pediatrician. We would like to introduce Psychologist Juanita Scudds and Speech Pathologist Penny Lam who both have extensive experience in conducting ASD assessments with both children and adolescents. Both Juanita and Penny are fully qualified in the administration of the ADOS2. Please contact reception for further information.
Traumatic brain injury therapy
Lewy Bodies disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
When is a Clinical Neuropsychologist needed?
Confirm or clarify a diagnosis. Clarify what compensatory strategies may be useful.
Provide a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational, or other services.
Document changes in functioning since prior examinations, including effects of treatment.
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?
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.
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
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
- 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
Areas of Interest
- Generalized Anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Post-natal depression
- Adult survivors of abuse
- Emotional abuse
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)
- Intellectual disability / ability testing
- Dyslexia – i.e. Specific Learning disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Magistrates Conference WA, 2010
- Neuropsychology and Offending
- Department of Corrective Services 2010
- Traumatic Brain Injury – The Hidden Disability
- Perth Drug Court 2010
- Neuropsychology and Subtance Use
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.
Contact us today to get started on your journey to health and wellbeing.