I believe in the power of intersections and the intersectionality of one’s identity, and, as a bilingual and multi-cultural psychologist, I provide psychological services that incorporate the varied and unique facets of your identity.
I conduct various types of psychological testing/evaluations to help understand the potential underlying reasons for a person’s behavioral or emotional difficulties, varied capabilities (e.g., academic, intellectual, vocational), and/or personality challenges.
I specialize in conducting psychological assessments that incorporate the intersectionality of each individual. I conduct clinical interviews along with standardized evaluations that take into consideration the influence of culture, linguistics, identity, and any other intrinsic and/or environmental factors so that we can get a complete picture of your diagnosis and thereby provide you with sound recommendations.
The process of conducting these evaluations is methodical and incorporates various intersecting facets and identities such as language, culture, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, (dis)abilities, religion, spirituality, and gender identity.
Typically, there are four core components of a psychological evaluation.
- Carefully selected standardized tests that provide quantitative scores in comparison to other similar test takers. This also includes assessing which language (English or Spanish) testing should be used for testing.
- Conducting a clinical interview to understand relevant background information such as personal and childhood history, life experiences, school history, and family history.
- For children/adolescents, an observation of the person in their natural environment, it could be school, home, or a community setting.
- Collateral interviews– this can include speaking with teachers, co-workers, partners, and/or other medical and mental health providers in order to get a holistic picture of each client.
You will receive a comprehensive evaluation (which include multiple tests) to determine diagnostic impression and receive treatment recommendations.
Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs)
This option is for parents who are seeking a second opinion following the school’s standardized testing and results from the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). I am an authorized vendor with various school districts in San Diego County. I have conducted numerous IEEs, which include the standardized testing and serving ad your advocate for the IEE results meeting. I will also attend the IEE meeting with you to present our findings and recommendations.
Receive an in-depth evaluation of your personality tendencies and how these might be affecting your relationships.
How long will psychological testing take?
It depends on what type of testing you are seeking, whether it be an ADHD evaluation, cognitive assessment, or personality testing, etc. Testing time can range anywhere between 2-8 hours in which we would meet face to face at my office. There would be breaks depending on the flow of testing. My goal is to get accurate results, and so if you or your child begin to fatigue, we may have to schedule an additional day of testing. I may also give you various self-report (for yourself) or parent forms to fill out (for your child) via paper form or a link to a secure website.
After completion of the assessment, I will have the report ready for you within two weeks. Expedited reports can be available with an additional fee. I will then invite you back for the feedback session where I verbally present the results of the test and also provide you with the written report. If there are any discrepancies or concerns, updates, and modifications to the report can be made.
Therefore, a total of at least two separate meetings (one meeting for the intake and testing and one for the feedback session).
Not sure which one is best?
Feel free to contact me to explore which one will best meet your needs.