Dani is a fully registered psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has a first-class Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Masters of Research, and Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dani was awarded the Macquarie University award for Academic Excellence for her Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology. She specialises in the assessment of cognitive processes such as attention, memory, executive functions and language and has developed a keen interest in the assessment and management of neurodevelopmental disorders. Dani works with children, adolescents, and adults and also provides assistance to older age adults who may be showing signs of dementia. Dani provides comprehensive assessments using standardised evidence-based assessment tools and works deductively to reach a diagnosis of the problems. She is then equipped to provide remediation for the difficulties and can provide very helpful recommendations for future planning. Unlike other services, Dani will follow through with the recommendations she provides and will explain each step of the process towards recovery.
Some of the neuropsychological difficulties that Dani provides assessment and treatment for are (but not limited to):
- learning difficulties (school/academic problems)
- attention and executive dysfunction (ADHD)
- language development
- reading (dyslexia)
- or other developmental problems such as Autism Spectrum Disorder
What is a neuropsychological assessment?
Clinical neuropsychological assessment provides a detailed profile of the patient’s strengths and weaknesses and is recognised as a sensitive tool for the diagnosis of cognitive impairment, particularly in cases where changes are subtle and not evident on screening assessments or neuroimaging. It helps with diagnosis and treatment planning for people experiencing difficulties with memory, attention, language or other aspects of cognition or behaviour. Because neuropsychological conditions can worsen or improve with time and treatment, neuropsychological assessment is valued as providing a baseline for future comparison of changes over time. It can also be used in predicting and enhancing social, educational and vocational outcomes. Involves a clinical interview and a range of individually administered tests. They can range from brief consultations to detailed comprehensive evaluations involving several hours of face-to-face contact. The results of the assessment are then used to assist with developing individual treatment recommendations or plans.
Clinical neuropsychological treatments are designed specifically for the needs of individual clients, taking into account their unique psychological needs and personalities. Treatments use a holistic framework where cognitive, emotional, motivational and noncognitive functions are addressed, integrating learning theory, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Neuropsychological treatments can range from a few short sessions to multiple, extended sessions.