Dr. Alison Hernanez
Dr. Alison Hernandez
Raising children is often considered to be the most difficult and, simultaneously, the most rewarding task that we parents face in our lifetime. There is no simplistic, one-size-fits-all approach, or “how to” manual. When our children are hurting or they consistently make poor choices, we as parents often blame ourselves. It is a very difficult task to reach out and ask for help, however, doing so is often the first step toward healing.
A therapist or counselor can help in several ways. Talking about the problem to a professional can help sort out the issues, to understand them in a way that makes sense. Once the issues are understood, a therapist can assist in creating a treatment plan with the family, in order to identify broad goals and specific objectives to accomplish in order to reach these goals. A therapist can also assist the child or family in learning new and healthier ways of coping with life’s stressors, in order to help break negative cycles of thought and to implement new healthy and constructive thoughts and behaviors. I have walked though this processes many times with families and it is a joy for me to witness this process of healing.
I am also passionate about the area of psychoeducational testing and assessment. Research tells us that children’s brains do not necessarily develop evenly in various cognitive and academic areas. For example, one child may be excellent at memorizing facts, but may be struggling with keeping up in class. Another child may have difficulty in math but be an excellent reader. When children’s cognitive and academic areas do not develop evenly, academic challenges may occur.
A psychoeducatinal test battery can often identify a child, adolescent or college-aged student’s unique areas of strengths and weaknesses. Once the assessment identifies specific areas of weakness, recommendations are created, uniquely tailored to the student’s own abilities. Recommendations are created to minimize embarrassment and distress for the student. The student’s strengths are taken into consideration, to help them build confidence both inside and outside of the classroom setting. Ultimately, the psychoeducational test battery can assist a student in working to their potential.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Psychological and Psychoeducational Testing, including:
Assessments for learning disabilities
Testing/assessment to learn more about emotional or behavioral issues
Issues common to children, such as separation anxiety, childhood depression friendship issues, peer pressure, and social skills deficits
Issues common to teenagers such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and coping with divorce or family issues