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Executive Functioning Training
& Coaching

Our offices are excited to offer executive functioning training & coaching classes next month for adults as well as child & adolescent. More info coming soon.

WHAT IS EXECUTIVE FUNCTION?

 

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION ASSESSMENT

Executive Function is an umbrella term that refers to brain functions that activate, organize, integrate and manage other functions. Furthermore, it allows individuals to make real time evaluations of their actions while considering short and long term consequences, planning and modifying their behavior as necessary if outcomes are not desirable. The proper function of this process insures academic and subsequent occupational success, deficits of these skills can result in disorganization, difficulties in getting started and finishing work, remembering homework, memorizing facts, writings essays or reports, solving complex math problems, reading comprehension, long-term products, being on time, controlling emotions, and generally planning for future events. A useful metaphor to understand this concept is by comparing executive function to the role of a conductor in an orchestra, according to an expert in the area of Executive Function, Dr. Tom Brown. Dr. Russell Barkley, a noted authority on ADHD, reported that 89-98 percent of children with ADHD have deficits in executive skills. Dr. Barkley believes that evaluating and understanding a person’s executive function, breaking it down across several domains, is a better predictor of real world functioning than merely reporting they have a deficit.

Executive Function can be broken down into six different clusters:

  1. Activation: Organizing, Prioritizing and Getting Started on Tasks (getting started; paying attention; organizing time, projects, materials, and possessions, finishing work)

  2. Focus: Focusing, Maintaining and Shifting Attention (changing activities, stopping existing activity, stopping and thinking before acting or speaking)

  3. Effort: Regulating Alertness, Sustaining Effort, Processing Speed (complex problem solving).

  4. Emotion: Managing Frustrations and Regulating Emotions (ability to tolerate frustration; thinking before acting or speaking)

  5. Memory: Using Working Memory and Accessing Recall (holding facts in mind while manipulating information; accessing facts stored in long-term memory.)

  6. Action: Monitoring and Self-Regulating Action (self-monitoring and prompting, using “self-talk” to control one’s behavior and direct future actions)

Understanding which area(s) of executive function are impaired allows recommendations for accommodations and support be the most successful in helping an individual in their daily life.

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Fertility Services

 

Your mental health matters. Here at La Jolla Psychology Center, we are dedicated to assist in helping women experiencing mental health conditions before, during, and after pregnancy. Infertility can affect many aspects of your life including your relationships with others, perspective on life, and feelings about yourself. Support from family and friends is vital during this time, and counseling can provide further assistance if negative thoughts and feelings persist. Our clinicians work in unison with your healthcare provider in order to best understand your situation and work towards a solution. Our offices provide dedicated and experienced counseling for those struggling with fertility issues and are happy to provide additional resources and support to our clients.

Immigration Services

 

It is often that immigration laws require a psychological assessment or expert testimony by a mental health to move forth with immigration proceedings and place this burden of proof on the applicant or their beneficiary. Additionally, there are a number of reasons why a psychological evaluation can be helpful, even if required. As these reports are very specific it is essential to work with a professional well-versed in immigration services and at La Jolla Psychology Center you have come to the right place. Our offices specialize in a number of immigration proceedings and collaborate with immigration attorneys to best serve the client. Furthermore, to insure you feel safe and comfortable during the evaluation process we are able to provide an assessment in English and in Spanish. Evaluations consist of one-on-one interviews and psychological tools and tests to assess your current symptoms. These results are then interpreted, drafted, and sent confidentially to your or to the attorney handling your case. For further questions, please contact us directly and inquire about our immigration services.

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Parenting Workshops & Classes

In addition to individual pre-birth and postpartum assessment and psychotherapy, Dr. Boscan and her fellow clinicians gives helpful sessions for guardians and their babies. Regularly, parents seek these therapy sessions since they may feel that there's a mismatch between them and their child or their feelings are confused about them. Others have concerns about their child’s development, while others come to develop a stronger and deeper bond. These sessions can be most supportive when the child is still young, a few months old, however there is evidence that prenatal counseling which addresses parent’s thoughts and concerns about the child can be instrumental for the establishment of a positive attachment and connection. Expectant mothers who have an elevated risk for Post-Partum Depression (PPD) can particularly benefit from the combination of prenatal and postpartum counseling that focuses on the mother-infant relationship.

Our goal is to foster the bond between you and the infant! It is important for you to keep in mind that:

  • There is no “right” way to parent

  • No parent, or child, will ever be perfect

  • A therapist can be useful at assessing the situation from an outside perspective

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Veteran Services

Here at La Jolla Psychology Center we are proud to offer a wide array of mental health services for both active duty and retired military members. Our clinicians have proudly provided treatment to members of the military and their families for the past ten years. Clinicians at our office have experiences in varying forms of treatment, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, and can help with medication management. We work closely with both patients and their families, aiming to provide the utmost high quality service and a goal of delivering long-term relief with mental health struggles. Depression is a mental health condition which can lead people to struggle to go to work attend school, or perform everyday activities, as it impacts a person’s behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. Lingering symptoms of depression can put strain on an individual’s relationship with friends, family, and themselves. Anxiety is another mental health condition which can indicate underlying disease such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder when symptoms increase in frequency and intensity, impacting activities of daily life and preventing the enjoyment of life. Proper mental health treatment for military families can be hard to find not just in San Diego but in other regions across the United States, which is why we are proud to offer a variety of options to ensure that active and retired military personnel and their families receive our utmost support in alleviating their symptoms. Whether dealing with symptoms from combat or other stressors, we also recognize the struggle of the family in coping with being apart from their loved ones for extended periods of time, all which can take a toll on individual mental health. Our goal is to find the right mental health treatment service for all service members and their loved ones.

Psychological Services Available:

  1. Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy aims at identifying the root of a person’s suffering and to find ways to cope with the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Some common types of psychotherapy can include individual, group, and play therapy. Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and many others. Psychotherapy is often provided in conjunction with other treatments for depression and anxiety, such as medications.

  2. Neuropsychological Evaluations

    Neuropsychological Evaluations are used to assess an individual’s thinking, behavior, and social and emotional functioning, using standardized tests and procedures. Tests results can help guide treatment to ensure correct symptoms and appropriate management.

  3. Post-Partum Depression Treatment

    An important intervention for new mothers, Post-Partum Depression may impact mothers after childbirth and cause mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, and other symptoms of depression. Meeting with a doctor can help mothers understand their symptoms and develop a treatment plant that prioritizes not only her recovery but the health and well-being of her baby as well.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism have a tendency to share many similar symptoms. Both show signs of: problems with focus, inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, communication, trouble with school work and with social interactions. However, the two are completely different conditions. Autism is a developmental disorder whereas ADHD impacts the way the brain grows and develops. And possibly, you or your child can have both. According to researchers, roughly two-thirds of kids with ADHD have at least one co-existing condition, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are among the conditions that commonly occur with ADHD. Some studies suggest that up to half of kids with ASD also have ADHD.

There are two main differences between the two conditions:

  1. ATTENTION

    While children with Autism will struggle to focus on things that they want to do and fixate on other things, kids with ADHD simply lose interest.

  2. COMMUNICATION

    A child with ADHD may talk nonstop, interrupting or attempt to dominate conversations, while a child with Autism may have a hard time communicating thoughts and feelings.

Our goal is to provide an early diagnosis and set the child on a correct treatment plan in order to insure that both as kids and into adolescence and adulthood he or she can lead a successful, and happy life!