We realize that most people have never been to a psychologist,
and may be unsure how a psychologist can help their child achieve
academic or personal success. As Adults, we are often skeptical
about if and when we should pursue services for our emotional
issues and well being. Like with any new experience, we encourage
and expect you to have questions. You will be offered an initial
consultation to discuss any questions you might have concerning
our practice and our services.
The Services we offer are:
- Motivational Achievement
- Identify and remove roadblocks that prevent children and adults from achieving academically, professionally, or interpersonally
- ADD/ADHD Assessments
- Full range of diagnostic services - psychological and educational
- Consultation for School Placement and IEPs
- Academic, Executive Functioning & Professional Coaching
- Pediatric Consultation and Early Childhood Intervention
- Counseling: individual, family, marital, group
- CBT and interpersonal interventions
- Gifted Children and Adolescents
- Serving Loudoun County, Fairfax County, and Alexandria
Understanding motivational difficulties can be complex; the primary
causes underlying these difficulties are emotional in nature.
ACADEMIC MOTIVATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR CHILDREN
AND ADOLESCENTS -
Motivational problems arise when expectations are not in keeping
with what the student is capable of doing. This situation usually
arises not because such students lack the ability or intellectual
capacity but because of obstacles which interfere with or delay
their emotional development.
These students are bright, personable and are well behaved in
the classroom. Teachers are often frustrated by the student’s
sporadic performance, lack of organization, lack of drive and
minimal output. Parents are concerned, frustrated and fear the
impact this problem will have on the child’s future academic
and career options. Students will often complain of boredom, just
not caring or questioning the purpose of school, and of difficulties
concentrating or finding it difficult to maintain the stamina
of consistent effort, follow through and timely completion of
projects and assignments.
ADULT SERVICES -
Each day we expend a great deal of our energy modulating our mood
to optimize our professional and personal experiences. Intervention
involves the identification of emotional defenses that block the
path of emotional health. These barriers often result in symptoms
of irritability, anger, anxiety, lethargy and depression. Additional
contributing factors are biology and life events. The intervention
process involves the awareness and ending of existing negative
patterns of responding and reacting and the creating of new emotional
This creates an emotional balance which restores
emotional resiliency and improves everyday functioning.
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS
A psychological or educational evaluation is a valuable information-gathering
tool for teachers and professionals used to identify areas of
individual strength and weakness in a variety of domains, such
as intelligence, thinking ability, academic achievement, leadership
ability, and social/emotional functioning. These evaluations have
multiple benefits, which include providing the individual with
knowledge of what they do well, what they might find challenging,
assisting professionals in better serving the individual's specific
needs and identifying various learning and emotional difficulties
as well as management styles. This information is useful for accommodations,
treatment goals and objectives, school placement decisions including
private school admissions and talented and gifted programs as
well as independent evaluations for organizations and the Loudoun
County Public Schools.
Dr. Karen L. Larson
Dr. Larson received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from
Georgia State University. She developed an interest in motivation
while interning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Emory
Medical School. Upon completion, Dr. Larson returned to her native
state of Virginia for a two year postdoctoral position in private
practice prior to establishing her own specialty practice.
Dr. Larson is an active member of the national and state psychological
associations. She is a member of the National Register a prestigious
professional society which selects psychologists for their past
achievements. She is also published in the Journal for Behavioral
Analysis, and is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. Her expertise spans
the whole scope of services offered by the practice.
Dr. Jennifer L. Rashap
Dr. Rashap received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from
George Mason University. She interned at Penn State's Geisinger
Medical Center. Dr. Rashap provides psychological assessment and
treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialty/interest
areas include anxiety, depression, and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity
Dr. Michael R. Dudis
Dr. Dudis received his doctorate from George Mason University
and interned at the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological
Services of West Virginia University. His clinical rotations have
included adults, adolescents and children. His externship rotations
included Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Services,
Catholic University Counseling Center and the George Mason Psychological
Clinic. He specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy as well as
helping individuals work through interpersonal difficulties. He
also conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments.
Dr. Theresa Lichtman
Dr. Lichtman received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University in May 1998. She interned at the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium where she received training in rehabilitation medicine, therapy with inpatient and outpatient psychiatric adult patients, and sports psychology with college athletes. She has a breadth of professional clinical experience including providing school-based mental health clinical, educational, and assessment services in her work as a school psychologist and mental health consultant. Dr. Lichtman provides psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialty/interest areas include anxiety, depression, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and helping individuals work through interpersonal difficulties.
Mrs. LaPolla received her Masters in School Psychology from Towson University in May 2006. She is also recognized as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She interned with Loudoun County Public Schools before accepting a full-time position in 2007. Her professional experience and specialty/interests include Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and behavioral consultation with individuals and families.
Pamela Lindo graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Education with a Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S.) in School Psychology in 1993. Pamela interned part time in the Public School System of New York City and interned part time at Coney Island Psychiatric Hospital in Brooklyn, NY where she received training in conducting psychological assessments and working with inpatient and outpatient clients at the hospital. She has worked in the New Mexico and Prince George's County Maryland Public School System before joining the Loudoun County Public School System in 1997. She has over 20 years experience in conducting psychological assessments for learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and emotional disabilities. Pamela also conducts preschool developmental evaluations and autism assessments, and works with children, adolescents, and adults.
Pamela is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in the Field of Education, and she is a Licensed School Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Her specialty/interest areas include ADHD, autism, anxiety and depression.