Psychological Assessment is the process of evaluating an individual's emotional and psychological functioning and making recommendations for improved mental health. Dr. Minter is able to provide "gold standard" assessments for children and adolescents which include:
-Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder -Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Learning Disorders -Behavioral and Conduct Disorders
For adults, assessments often include issues such as:
-General Personality Evaluations -Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
-Substance Abuse/Dependence Disorders -Depression or Anxiety Disorders
-Evaluations for medical procedures like bariatric surgery, spinal stimulator implant, etc.
For senior adults, he assesses for dementia, depression, safety, independent living, and substance and alcohol abuse challenges.
Dr. Minter has provided evaluations for other psychologists and counselors, for psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, and primary care physicians. He has also performed assessments for the State of Florida's Department of Disability Determinations, Vocational Rehabilitation Department, Public Defender's Office, and Department of Juvenile Justice.
Psychotherapy is the process of helping individuals improve their mental health and general life functioning. It is sometimes called just "therapy" or "counseling" or even "life-coaching."
There are many types of psychological therapies employed today--literally in the hundreds. Dr. Minter believes that the most effective therapies are chosen based on several factors, including the scientific support for the therapy, the presenting issues of the client, the personal characteristics of the client, and how the client wishes to work. He is very collaborative in his approach.
Goals for change and growth are important, so Dr. Minter spends time with each client learning what they desire out of their time in therapy. Then, drawing from several different perspectives, he is able to tailor interventions to best fit client needs. For those interested in the specifics, Dr. Minter's approach is known as "integrative"--largely cognitive/behavioral with strong psychodynamic elements. He regularly seeks feedback from clients concerning their experience of therapy and makes adjustments to maximize effectiveness. This feedback may be done formally through an instrument called the Outcome Rating Scale or informally.