Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA)

with Independent Practice

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As a Licensed Psychological Associate with Independent Practice, I conduct psychological evaluations on children and adults of all ages, including; interviewing to determine the need for testing or other mental health services; formal testing using scientifically-derived objective measures; report writing, which includes results and recommendations (also known as the psychological evaluation report); and thoroughly go over the results and recommendations, including the need for psychotropic medication.  Feedback can be given in either English or Spanish.  However, psychological evaluation report will be in the English language.


Through a psychological evaluation, a diagnosis can be based on objective testing using formal measures for diagnostic clarification in order to guide treatment needs.  Such questions as, "Where does inattention come from?" is answered.  Is it due to level of intelligence, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, learning disability, language barrier, and/or a language disorder?  I have been determining language dominance; levels of intellectual, academic, and adaptive functioning; and presence of learning disabilities, language disorder, an intellectual deficit, an emotional disturbance, social deficits, and clinically-significant behavioral problems since 2014. Among others, an emotional disturbance includes disorders such as anxiety, depression, and Bipolar Disorders.  Deficits in social functioning include disorders within the Autism Spectrum realm.  Although not inclusive, clinically-significant behavioral disorders include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Conduct Disorder (CD).



In addition

I conduct psychological evaluations for...

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the family of those seeking resident alien status in the United States, also known as Immigration Hardship Psychological Evaluations, as well as hardship letters and letters of waiver.

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people undergoing surgery, such as bariatric or back surgery, as well as gender reassignment

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egg/sperm donors and gestational carriers

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My license also allows me to perform counseling services for children and adults with emotional, such as anxiety  and depression, and/or behavioral problems, such as an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder (CD), or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

IF FORMAL TESTING IS NOT NEEDED, PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION REPORTS ARE READY THE SAME DAY

Cost





is contingent on type of service, focus of evaluation, and/or whether completed during the day, evening, weekend, or holiday.  Please call to discuss your specific situation/need.

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CLIENTS ARE SEEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, INCLUDING EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

What is an LPA?

An LPA is a Licensed Psychological Associate.  There are two types of LPAs - one requires supervision and the other has independent practice.  

Which type of license do you have?

My license allows me to practice independently.  

What can an LPA with Independent Practice do?

An LPA with Independent Practice can do everything a psychologist can do except conduct child custody or adoption evaluations, competency or insanity evaluations, or fitness for duty evaluations for law enforcement personnel.  

Are you able to test in Spanish?

Yes, I am able to conduct assessments in Spanish.  However, psychological evaluation reports will be in English. 

Do you take insurance?

I do not take any type of insurance at this time.

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Norma Salazar Cortez, M.A.

(956)410-0388

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