What is the process like when I meet with a psychologist? You will need to schedule an initial interview, which lasts approximately 50-60 minutes. The doctor will meet with you to discuss what your specific concerns are about you, your child, and/or your family. After the initial interview, the doctor will provide you with her professional opinion about what steps need to be taken next. This may include individual or family therapy, and/or a comprehensive evaluation to help provide a diagnosis that will help identify treatment goals. You will leave with specific recommendations and treatment options after your first appointment. Many patients report that they leave their appointment feeling like they have a clearer understanding of what can be done and a renewed sense of confidence that they are on the right path to getting things back on track.
Scheduling an evaluation: All evaluations require an initial interview first. This allows the doctor obtain a detailed history of the client in need of assessment. Sometimes there are more than one diagnosis to be considered and getting a full understanding of what has happened as well as what is going on currently helps to make sure a thorough assessment is being conducted. Dr. Villesca is trained using the latest high standard assessments in the field. She has vast experience conducting evaluations for autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and mood disorders. In some cases, clients are certain they want an evaluation and it can be scheduled the same day as the initial interview. Our psychologists do not conduct court-ordered evaluations nor do we voluntarily participate in cases involving custody or legal disputes. (This is a specialty area known as forensic psychology if you need services for legal matters.)
Dr. Villesca conducts bilingual evaluations for those who speak Spanish as their preferred language. How are you different from a psychiatrist? A licensed psychologist is a doctoral level trained psychologist who went to graduate school and received advance training in psychology. We conduct therapy and psychological (and academic) evaluations. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who received advanced training in mental health. Their primary focus is to use their expertise for medication management. They typically do not conduct therapy sessions and they do not conduct comprehensive evaluations (e.g., two to four hours working with you and writing a full report). Because psychologists do not prescribe medication, and psychiatrists do not typically conduct therapy or do full evaluations, we often cross-refer to each other if/when each other's services are needed to help the client. You as the client, will always be in charge of your own decisions to seek out medication and/or therapy services. We have referral sources that we trust that we can recommend to you when needed.
For scheduling appointments or to ask additional questions by phone, call us at 832-913-8747. You can also send an email through the "contact" link on the top screen of the main website page. Thank you for visiting!