A neuropsychologist studies the link between behavior, the nervous system and the physical brain. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the human brain is very complex. Disorders and/or damage in the brain is often enough to elicit an entire reversal in the individual’s behavior and personality. People with such disorders or damage often feel limited and don’t believe that it’s possible for them to become more independent. For this and to learn how to cope with their disorder and/or damage emotionally, many of these individuals require psychological counselling as a part of their treatment.
Neuropsychologists tend to specialize in areas such as memory difficulties, emotional challenges and disorders, and dysfunctions in the nervous system. They also study neuro-related diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy. They work with medical doctors in order to ensure the maximum potential of being able to make the correct diagnosis.
How to Qualify as a Neuropsychologist in the Toronto Area
Qualified neuropsychologists in the Toronto area are required to have a Ph.D. or an equivalent in psychology. U.S. or Canadian Universities are preferred. They are also required to be registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, which is not a school but a governing body for both professional psychologists and psychology-related associations in the Ontario area. Neuropsychologists working in the Ontario area, however, must register with them, stating neuropsychology as their specialized competency. They must show the ability to work independently with, as well as excellent interviewing and assessment skills with, adults and seniors. As a result, they also must demonstrate excellence in organizational as well as time management skills in general.
An assessment is the initial part of most psychological counselling services. Toronto Psychological Services is no exception. Toronto Psychological Services ensure that their clientele are paired with the professionals best suited to working with them in order to be able to maximize the potential for independent living again.
The role of the neuropsychologist is a very important one within the neurological field. General medical practitioners focus mainly on physical symptoms and general psychology professionals do have a minor degree of training in the basic workings of the brain but focus mainly on the mental aspect. The neuropsychologist can arguably be said to work as a bridge in between the two to some degree.
If you or a loved one has recently sustained brain damage or has a disturbance, please contact our York Region Psychological Services and we will be more than glad to assist you. We believe in providing the most comprehensive and compassionate service that we can in order to help you or your loved one to be able to live the life that you want again.