Adult Services

Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy

The providers at WPA are experts in a range of psychotherapy theoretical orientations and techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and solution-focused therapy. We focus on the importance of first developing a strong therapeutic rapport with the client in a confidential setting. Then, evidence-based clinical theory and techniques are skillfully applied to reach the desired outcomes.

Treatment Issues:

  • Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues, Anger, Grief/Loss Issues, Life Transitions, Obsessive Compulsive Issues, Tourette/Tic Disorders, Career Issues, Trauma/EMDR, Gambling Issues, Sexual Compulsivity and Personality Issues
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Developmental Disability Services
  • Health Psychology Services including Smoking Cessation, Medical Regimen adherence, Coping with and Reducing Chronic Pain
  • Integrated Christian Psychotherapy
  • Marital/Couples Counseling
  • Pre-surgery Evaluations including gastric by-pass, lap-band, dorsal column stimulator, morphine pump, and organ transplant evaluations
  • Biofeedback Training for Chronic Pain, Stress Management, and other Health Related Issues
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling

 

Practice Exclusions (i.e., areas not served): Children under three, Child Custody Evaluations, Forensic (i.e., legal or court-ordered) Evaluations, Child Abuse Evaluations, Court-ordered Therapy, Substance Abuse, Clients with Schizophrenia or other Psychotic Processes, and Medication Prescription or Management.

Diagnostic Evaluations

Diagnostic evaluation by a psychologist is a process of using standardized instruments to accurately and quickly identify possible difficulties with attention (such as those seen in ADHD), memory (such as those seen in dementia), language, or psychological symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, trauma, Autism, pain or personality problems. In like manner to your physician ordering lab work or an X-ray to quickly assess possible problems, clinical psychologists like Dr. Spence Wilson complete evaluations to quickly evaluate neurodevelopmental, neuropsychological or psychological problems. Evaluations are generally made up of a clinical interview with Dr. Wilson, a licensed psychologist who specializes in evaluation, and then are followed by a formal assessment session. In the assessment, the measures Dr. Wilson chooses are completed to assess the areas of functioning identified as problematic.

Psychological Evaluations

  • Assessment for Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Somatoform
  • Personality Disorders

Neuropsychological Evaluations

  • Adult ADD
  • Learning Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Evaluations

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) represent a continuum of disorders characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The new revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) re-categorized a number of formerly classifed distinct conditions (Autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, NOS) into a continuum of disorder called Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Evaluation of the spectrum of Autism is multifaceted and, at its’ best, multidisciplinary. Further, the evaluation of ASD is often sequential and therefore often requires more than one evaluation appointment. At WPA, Dr. Wilson utilizes the current gold-standard neurodevelopmental/behavioral ASD evaluation methods including:

  • Social Responsiveness Scale – 2 (An ASD screening rating form completed by those familiar with the patient and the patient himself, if he/she is an adult)
  • Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (A semi-structured clinical interview with those familiar with the patient’s behavior, particularly in early development periods with special focus on ASD symptoms)
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation System – II (An direct clinical testing for behaviors associated with ASD)
  • Leiter International Performance Scale – III / Comprehensive Test of Nonverbal Intelligence – 2/ Test of Nonverbal Intelligence – 4 (Non-verbal tests of intellectual capacity)
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – 3 (A survey or rating form administered evaluation of current adaptive behavior functioning across nine different areas of functioning)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – IV (Standardized individual scales of intellectual capacity)
  • Personality Assessment Inventory/Millon Clinical Inventories (Personality and Clinical Syndrome Self-report Measures)
  • Conners Continuous Performance Tests (Computerized assessments of attention, sustained attention, vigilance and impulse control)
  • And, others as necessary

These evaluation methods are combined in a flexible battery approach to achieve a comprehensive evaluative picture of the patient’s functioning, strengths and weaknesses. These data are then utilized for both diagnostic and treatment planning purposes.

Those seeking evaluation for an ASD may rest assured that the evaluation they receive will comprehensively identify, confirm or rule out neurodevelopmental/behavioral symptoms associated with an ASD and will be offered relevant, patient-specific recommendations following the evaluation, which include other disciplinary referrals (i.e., Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy).

Dementia Evaluations

 

Contact Us

  • Open 8AM - 5PM
    Closed on Saturday & Sunday