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Services for Children & Teenagers

Three types of services are offered for children and teenagers.

1. Assessments

  • Diagnostic assessments which include Psycho-educational assessments
  • Academic Assessments
  • Diagnostic Assessments

The primary goal of a diagnostic assessment is to determine what is causing the child or teen problems. This assessment is focused on determining the nature and severity of the problem and the extent to which these problems impact on daily functioning. Clarifying the nature of the problem is often helpful in designing a plan of support and intervention. All assessments include recommendations and advice about moving forward.

A psycho-educational assessment is a specific type of diagnostic assessment. However, in this type of assessment the focus is clearly on factors that impact learning. Recommendations are developed such that they will be practical in a school setting.

Multiple procedures are used in any one assessment. Procedures include but are not limited to: diagnostic interviewing, observations, review of background documentation, symptom checklists, teacher ratings, parent ratings, and standardized and norm referenced tests. The most common areas evaluated using standardized and / or norm referenced tests include: intelligence, information processing, memory, attention, emotional functioning, behavioural functioning, executive functions, essential academic skills and knowledge, and visual motor integration.

All assessments include a written report. The written report summarizes the assessment findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Problems Commonly Evaluated in diagnostic assessments:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Under achievement
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Oppositional-defiance
  • Addictions
  • Intellectual delay
  • Intellectual Giftedness
  • Memory Problems
  • Behaviour problems

Academic Assessments

Academic assessments are focused assessments. The child or teen’s academic functioning is thoroughly assessed in three areas: reading, written language, and math. This type of evaluation is helpful to determine with confidence whether the child or teen is under achieving or whether or not academic support has been helpful.  Academic assessments are done more frequently than diagnostic assessments because academic functioning is something we expect to see changes in over time.

2. Counselling

Dr. Smith offers individual counselling for children ages ten through nineteen years. For children younger then ten Dr. Smith usually works with the parents to help the child. 

3. Parent Consultation

Dr. Smith will consult with parents of children and teenagers. In this consultation service it is common that the child or teenager does not attend the sessions. The consultation service is focused on assisting the parent(s) to make plans and decisions about how they can best help their son or daughter.  Consultation can be a very effective method of bringing about positive change.   


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Services for Adults 

Three types of services are offered for adults.

1. Assessments

The primary goal of diagnostic assessments is to determine what is causing the psycho-social problems. This type of assessment is focused on determining the nature and severity of the problem and the extent to which the problems impact on daily functioning. Clarifying the nature of the problem is often helpful in designing a plan of support and intervention. All assessments include recommendations and advice about moving forward.

A psycho-educational assessment is a specific type of diagnostic assessment. In this type of assessment the focus is clearly on factors that impact learning. Adults request a psycho-educational evaluation if they have gone back to school and find they are having more problems than expected. These assessments can also be helpful when there are problems in the workplace. A formal psycho-educational evaluation can lead to clear recommendations about workplace accommodations especially as they relate to promotion and evaluation for a promotion.   

A psycho-vocational assessment is another specific type of diagnostic assessment. In this type of assessment the focus is clearly on factors that impact functioning in the workplace or gaining employment.

Multiple procedures are used in any one assessment. Procedures include but are not limited to: diagnostic interviewing, observations, review of background documentation, symptom checklists, self report ratings, and standardized and norm referenced tests. The most common areas evaluated using standardized and / or norm referenced tests include: intelligence, information processing, memory, attention, emotional functioning, behavioural functioning, personality, executive functions, career interests, and essential academic skills and knowledge.

All assessments include a written report. The written report summarizes the assessment findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Problems Commonly Evaluated in diagnostic assessments:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Addictions
  • Memory Problems
  • Personality Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder

2. Individual Counselling

Dr. Smith offers individual counselling for adults and counselling with men is an area of special interest. He uses a short term approach to counselling which emphasizes the client’s strengths and capacities to bring about change in their daily lives. He draws on multiple schools of therapy which include: cognitive behavioural, client centered, solution focused, narrative, and a mindful approach to dealing with stress and anxiety.

3. Couples Counselling

Dr. Smith does provide counselling for couples at all stages of relationship.  He believes that work in the following areas is particularly helpful for couples: improved communication, helping to increase intimacy, clarifying shared goals and values, clarifying and re-committing to marriage vows or relationship commitments. If it becomes apparent that one or both members of the coupleship would benefit from individual counselling in addition to the couples counselling then Dr. Smith would clearly express this opinion. In this situation Dr. Smith would continue with the couples therapy and would refer the individual(s) to another practitioner for the individual counselling.     

Why Choose Dr. Tim Smith

  • Over 20 years of child psychology experience
  • Formally trained to work with children, teens, and adults
  • Assesses strengths as well as problems
  • User-friendly, practical and tailored assessments

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