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Archive for March, 2013

Child Psychiatrists, Adult Psychiatrists and Forensic Psychiatrists

Over the past few decades, one of the bona fide revolutions in mental health treatment has involved the use of modern, FDA-approved medications for certain mental disorders. A careful medication regimen under close supervision of a physician can reduce overall levels of distress, promoting a more appropriate adjustment to situational stressors, as well as facilitating improvements through psychotherapy.

Medications are often combined with psychotherapy for treating mental and emotional disorders.

Ashburn Psychological Services has Board Certified Child, Adolescent, Adult and Forensic psychiatrists to treat and diagnose clients for improved mental well being.

We serve all of Northenr Virginia and invite you to contact us to discuss your specific needs and how we can best be of service to you. Our office manager, Christine Kutt, can be reached directly at: (703) 723-2999.

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Perhaps one of the biggest challenges faced by educators is how best to teach students who present with difficulty learning. Even gifted children often possess an uneven set of cognitive abilities, which in turn could negatively affect learning and academic performance. Obtaining a profile of a student’s learning strengths and weaknesses through professional assessment is essential to understand how best to teach such a student and to determine appropriate interventions, accommodations and/or school or classroom placement.

Psychoeducational testing evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s abilties, learning style and educational achievement. Through Psychoeducational testing Reading, Writing and Mathematics Disorders are determined. Standardized educational testing will also reveal the extent to which a student’s problems fall in the mild, moderate or severe range when compared to same aged peers and whether other factors are contributing to or exacerbating functioning. It is well established that children and adolescents with learning disorders have a much higher rate of ADD and ADHD, as well as behavioral problems. Thus, it is essential to further identify or rule-out potential processing problems such as: Dyslexia, AD(H)D, Auditory Processing Disorder, Auditory and Visual Memory difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorder, Executive Functioning Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability and Visual-Motor Integration Disorder.

After assessing an individual’s test results, APS will provide a comprehensive report, an in-depth feedback session and specific recommendations to address diagnosis and treatment. Ashburn Psychological Services (APS) will serve to determine if the student is eligible for education services under IDEA or ADA. Such accommodations could include: preferential seating, 1:1 certified tutoring, extended time on tests and/or alternative examination formats. Depending on the child or adolescent’s needs, APS clinicians are trained to work closely with parents, schools, tutors, educational consultants, and other specialists to implement a plan of action to get the student back on track.

APS also provides admissions testing and IQ testing for independent, private schools.
We are certified independent evaluators for Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, Stafford, and Fauquier Counties.

To discuss your needs and how we can best support you, we invite you to contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at: (703) 723-2999

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Dr. Malika Seth is this week’s featured doctor at Ashburn Psychological Services. Dr. Seth received her training in psychiatry and psychotherapy from some of the country’s leading institutions. Dr. Seth is that rare psychiatrist today who can provide both psychiatry and medication services and psychotherapy. Below is Dr. Seth’s professional biography for your review and consideration. Dr. Seth is accepting new patients, and we invite you to call our office manager, Christine Kutt, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Seth. Ms. Kutt can be reached at: (703) 723-2999 or via email at: info@ashburnpsych.com.

Dr. Seth has both weekday and weekend hours.

Malika Seth, M.D.

EDUCATION: Princeton University, B.A., Weill Medical College of Cornell University, M.D.
RESIDENCY: Payne Whitney Clinic of New York, Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University
CREDENTIALS: M.D., Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry
TREATMENT POPULATIONS: Older Adolescents and Adults
SERVICES PROVIDED: Medication Management and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Individuals and Couples
MEMBERSHIP: American Psychiatric Association
LICENSURE: Commonwealth of Virginia

Dr. Malika Seth is a trained Adult Psychiatrist. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her main areas of interest are women’s health, including during pregnancy and post-partum, cross-cultural psychiatry, depression, bipolar, OCD, panic and general anxiety disorders. She works with individuals and couples. She believes that the most effective treatment often combines psychotherapy with medication, and offers both therapy and medication management in her practice.

Dr. Seth studied Neurobiology at Princeton University and received her medical degree from Cornell University. Her psychiatry residency was at the Payne Whitney Center of Cornell University. After her training she had a private practice in Manhattan and was a Clinical Instructor and Assistant Attending in Psychiatry at Cornell University. She taught a course for residents on Cross-Cultural Psychiatry which focused on culturally relevant factors of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. She also received a teaching award in Psychosomatic Medicine. She is focused on providing comprehensive care for her patients, including therapy, medication management, and collaboration with other providers.

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Ashburn Psychological Services Neuropsychological Testing

Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive procedure that measures and identifies the interaction between cognition, processing capacities, and psychological functioning and their impact on academic and daily behavior. This sort of comprehensive testing is recommended for cases in which a detailed but general overview of functioning is requested.

Neuropsychological testing provides quantifiable data about the following mental functions:

Short-term and long-term memory
Intelligence
Problem solving and conceptualizing
Ability to learn new skills and solve problems
Attention, concentration, and distractibility
Logical and abstract reasoning functions
Ability to understand and express language
Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordination
Planning, synthesizing and organizing abilities
Functional impacts on learning and information recall
Academic achievement
Impact on the way a person thinks and feels as a result of the way their brain uses information

A neuropsychological evaluation will serve to confirm or clarify diagnoses such as, dementing conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s), developmental learning disabilities, attention/executive functioning disorders, developmental disabilities, and the effects of toxic chemicals or chronic substance abuse, to name but a few.

Testing results will offer specific recommendations to educators, consultants and employers, which can help the child, adolescent or adult adapt to the work or school setting.

To schedule a consultation or to discuss your needs and how we can best be of service to you, we invite you to contact our office manager, Christine Kutt, at: (703) 723-2999. We also invite you to visit our Website at http://www.ashburnpsych.com to learn more about our team and services.

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Ashburn Psychological Services will be closed on March 6, 2013 due to inclement weather. Enjoy the snow!

Dr. Michael Oberschneider
Director

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