Before your first appointment, please download and fill out your intake forms. You can bring these forms to your first appointment, or securely fax to (720) 441-0480.
The forms are in .PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program, to view and print them. You can also view them online using Google Drive.
On the day of your Neuropsychological Assessment
You will need to
- get a good night’s rest the night before
- eat a nutritious breakfast
- complete and bring all paperwork
- take all medications as prescribed
- bring a snack and water
- bring your glasses if you require them
- bring a close friend or family member who can be there for the first hour or two to tell Dr. Arnold about their concerns for you
- anticipate being at Dr. Arnold’s office for about six hours: 1.5 hours of discussion of symptoms and history and 3 hours of evaluation with a lunch break and any other breaks you desire
- avoid making other appointments that day since she cannot guarantee that you will be finished exactly at 3:00
What to expect
People are often anxious about what their neuropsychological assessment entails. Here is what you can expect:
Neuropsychological assessment is to gather information about your brain functioning such as your attention, concentration, language skills, visuospatial skills, memory, and complex thinking. Dr. Arnold will spend the first hour or so talking with you and your relative or friend about your symptoms, medical history, psychological history, educational history, family history, etc., to get a good sense of what your brain has been through in your life and what she might expect during the evaluation. She will then excuse your relative or friend. You will stay with Dr. Arnold’s assistant (psychometrist) to answer questions, draw things, remember things, etc., so that Dr. Arnold can assess how your brain functions in different ways. You will have a lunch break and any other breaks you need. Dr. Arnold will not be able to give you the results immediately because she needs time to complete calculations and analyses of your performance. She will schedule an appointment to explain the results to you about two weeks later. This appointment lasts about a half hour and you may bring anyone you wish to hear the results. This evaluation is completely voluntary and you can leave at any time. However, please know that if you leave prematurely Dr. Arnold might not have all the information she requires to answer your physician’s questions regarding your diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
What to expect
If you are referred for psychotherapy you will be scheduled for an initial psychological evaluation so that Dr. Arnold can get to know you and better understand your symptoms and treatment needs. On the day of your evaluation you will meet with Dr. Arnold for 1-1.5 hours to discuss your history and background of your symptoms. She will then ask you to complete some questionnaires to provide her with more information. This often takes another 1.5 hours. Please plan to stay for at least 3 hours. Dr. Arnold will then schedule a follow-up appointment a week or so later to discuss her impressions and recommendations for treatment. This might or might or might not include psychotherapy with Dr. Arnold.
What to expect
Dr. Arnold meets a patient coming for psychotherapy on the same time and day of the week on a weekly basis. Psychotherapy typically involves discussing how you are doing, your symptoms, their triggers, the timing of symptoms, and strategies for reducing and preventing them. It can include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), hypnosis, and other techniques if you and Dr. Arnold agree that these could be helpful for your particular symptoms. It is difficult to determine how long therapy will last. Some people’s symptoms resolve within a few weeks and some can take much longer to remit.