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About Psychological Assessments
Anxiety, depression, social anxiety (“shyness”), obsessive behaviors, compulsions, and intense fears are struggles that can affect anyone at any age.

Clients come to Brain Spectrum Neuropsychology to gain clarity on their own or their child’s diagnosis. Quite often, a child or teen is also referred for testing because of escalating behavior problems at home or in school. Frequent temper tantrums, emotional meltdowns, aggression, or episodes of self-harm are some behaviors that can trigger a referral.

Common Concerns:

  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • School refusal
  • Bullying
  • Gender identity
  • Social withdrawal
  • Compulsions
  • Temper tantrums
  • Oppositional behavior
  • Anger
  • Self-harm
  • Unusual thinking
What Is The Process?
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At Brain Spectrum, we understand how disorienting it can be when you or your child are struggling emotionally. As a mother herself, Dr. Thurlow is acutely aware of your concerns and fears, particularly when it comes to your child’s psychological wellbeing. This is why she takes no shortcuts when it comes to the diagnostic process.

You may have scoured the internet for solutions, and you may have tried all sorts of methods to try and solve the problem. Your child may even be in some form of therapy but you’re not sure it’s working. At Brain Spectrum Neuropsychology, we believe that accurate diagnosis is the first step in developing an effective treatment plan.

We conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations with the goal of providing you with diagnostic clarity. Dr. Thurlow has been conducting complex assessments of children, teens, and adults with multiple diagnoses and co-occurring profiles for many years and she understands the complicated nature of the human psyche.

This is not a quick process. Our psychological evaluations are detailed, and they involve cognitive testing, personality assessment, in-depth clinical interviewing, and behavioral observations.

How Can a Psychological Evaluation Benefit You or Your Family Member?

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We view the primary purpose of a diagnostic evaluation to be enhanced understanding, and we believe that with greater understanding comes enhanced wellbeing.

If you or your child is diagnosed with a behavioral, emotional, or more complex multi-faceted issue, Dr. Thurlow will discuss these diagnoses with you during a feedback session. She will also offer evidence-based recommendations and provide treatment referrals upon request.

You will also be provided with a comprehensive report of the results.

What Results Can You Expect?
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If you or your child is diagnosed with a behavioral, emotional, or more complex profile, Dr. Thurlow will discuss these diagnoses with you during a feedback session. You will be provided with a comprehensive report of the results, including tailored, evidence-based recommendations.


Dr. Cheryl Arutt, PsyD, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

"I have known Dr. Thurlow for 25 years and give her my highest recommendation! She is that special kind of expert who really listens, combining her deep knowledge and experience as a neuropsychologist with her compassion as a human/parent/friend to illuminate ways to really support and deeply understand young people whose brains work differently. Her evaluations improve lives, and I always know those I refer to Dr. Thurlow will be in excellent hands."

Dr. Mandy Moradi, Clinical Consultant Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

"I have collaborated with Dr. Thurlow in various capacities over the years. She is an exceptionally bright psychologist who is committed to the wellbeing of our neurodivergent community. There is wide variability when it comes to evaluation quality, and finding a professional who offers best practice evaluations using gold-standard measures can be challenging. Dr. Thurlow offers the kind of sensitive, thorough, and evidence-based assessments that I trust. I recommend Dr. Thurlow without hesitation."

Dr. Jesse Olague, Child Psychologist, Del Mar

"Dr. Thurlow is without a doubt the best diagnostician in San Diego. Not only does she have the experience and high-level skills to understand even the most complex cases, she is also incredibly compassionate and kind. Families and professionals alike love working with her. I trust her clinical judgment without reservation."

David Teitelman, parent of a neurodivergent child.

"Dr. Thurlow is a spectacular psychologist/diagnostician. I can attest to her expertise in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and Neuro divergence. Dr. Thurlow was able to determine significant flaws in a previous evaluation of my neurodivergent child. With her help, we were finally able to obtain an accurate diagnosis after many years of struggle.

Dr. Thurlow's consultation, compassion, and support in obtaining an accurate diagnosis has truly been life-changing for our family."

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