Caitlin Dawes

Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychology Registrar

Caitlin is a registered psychologist who has undertaken specific training in clinical neuropsychology at the Macquarie University. Caitlin works with children, adolescents, and adults and also provides assistance to older age adults who may be showing signs of dementia. Caitlin provides comprehensive assessments using standardised evidence-based assessment tools and works deductively to reach a diagnosis of the problems. She is then equiped to provide remediation for the difficulties, and can provide very helpful recommendations for future planning. Unlike other services, Caitlin will follow through with the recommendations she provides and will explain each step of the process towards recovery.

Some of the neuropsychological difficulties that Caitlin provides assessment and treatment for are (but not limited to):

 

 

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.

Neuropsychological treatments

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.