Dr. Ferrell provides psychological services in a wide array of areas within both CLINICAL AND FORENSIC SETTINGS. I work as a consultant for Southwest Forensic Consultations and Psychological Associates, LLC, for all Forensic Matters. A brief description of these services is provided below. Services are available in both of these areas of practice for individuals of virtually all ages to include children, adolescents, and adults. This would include services to young adults, baby boomers and seniors both at home and in residential settings for clinical and forensic needs. All services begin with an initial assessment of the presenting problems to be addressed, followed by a service plan to address those situations in one manner or another. The following areas of service are described below.
In Clinical areas, issues of clinical concern are evaluated and a treatment plan is developed based on those needs identified in the initial consultation(s). This is followed by the delivery of services to address those problems. Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personality of both the therapist and the patient as well as the particular issue(s) one may be struggling with at the time. There are a number of different approaches that can be utilized to address problems/issues effectively depending upon the therapist and needs of the client. However, it is not like presenting yourself to a medical doctor and having him or her do all the work. Therapy is an interactive treatment process which requires a very active effort between the counselor and the client. In order to be most successful, you and I will have to put forth the necessary effort both during our sessions and at other times in between sessions. This office's policy is to maintain open communication with you and changing need states. Our case coordinator, an RN by training, maintains contact when that is needed or required. There are various types of counseling and/or consultation that are provided, as noted below.
Individual Psychotherapy/Counseling is one of these clinical services in which therapeutic care is presented from a single counselor to a single client usually on a weekly basis for awhile. Services may be more frequent or provided on a less frequent basis. Psychotherapy has been shown to have multiple benefits as it often leads to a significant reduction of feelings of distress, improved feelings of self worth, better relationships with others and contributes to the resolution of specific problem areas and difficulties. When medication appears to be an option that may be helpful, you may be referred to your primary health provider or a consulting psychiatrist, usually, without interrupting your care at this office. Please know, that just as therapy has benefits, it may also be accompanied by some risks. Risks sometimes include experiencing painful or uncomfortable levels of unpleasant feelings as it requires recalling unpleasant aspects of your life history, processing a loss, or acknowledging and modifying current problem areas which have not been addressed and resolved before this time. Therapy is often a transitional period of time for one going from a difficult point in their life, whether they are a child or an adult to a more positive station. However, as in many areas such as these, there are no guarantees of a specific outcome. In my practice, I usually meet with you on a weekly basis in 50 minute sessions once treatment is initiated.
Family Therapy is another clinical service in which therapeutic care is presented by a counselor to two or more members of a family to include your spouse if you are married and/or, children, under the age of 18 living with you. I will often see each of you, or parents and children separately in an initial session and then again, as a unit, in order to address everyone's individual needs as well as the needs of the family in an agreed upon family treatment plan. Issues regarding school and work matters, communication, discipline plans, respect and boundaries are often addressed with others as well. These services may also simply address the needs of a parent and a particular child at a difficult time in the relationship.
Marriage Counseling is yet another clinical service in which specific therapeutic care is presented by a counselor specifically addressing relationship issues, conduct, or values that create or add to marital-relationship conflict. These services may be provided for individuals in a long term, committed relationship outside of marriage or a developing relationship, to include pre-marital counseling. I will initially consult with you and your spouse together and then individually, depending on the particular needs and goals of the union. I will then apprise you of the assessment of needs in a joint session as we work together to develop a plan to reach the desired outcome of both partners, if posible. If this cannot be agreed upon, or is seen as unworkable, which is at times, infrequently seen, I will refer you for individual care as you desire.
SKYPE sessions for services and consultations are available once a relationship has been established with individuals, couples, and families. This can be provided while away from the primary care setting while on trips, or following relocation on a temporary or permanent basis in order to assure continuity of care without increased costs of travel, etc. Skype programming is available at no extra charge and is easily established on your personal computer wherever you may be. Services have been used locally, out of state, from coast to coast as well as out of country sessions. These services can be provided when a family member is deployed in the military and other family members reside in the U.S.A. Please inquire with my Case Coordinator if this is of interest to you .
Evaluation services are also provided for clinical, educational, work, special employment criteria-certification, or medical needs of you and/or your family members. Evaluations consist of Clinical evaluations as well as Psychological Testing.
Clinical evaluations entail direct interview with you after various amounts of informational forms are completed (which can be downloaded and completed at your home or office), based on the type of evaluation required. Please see the Forms section. These forms may include social history, family of origin data, parent narratives, and child history forms. When necessary, I may ask you for records of prior treatment, school and work performance, legal and/or background data documents. Each situation is different, depending on your or your family members' specific needs.
With respect to Psychological Testing, standardized tests are utilized along with other checklists, questionaires and tasks. Testing must be completed in the office or in another supervised setting unlike the completion of the clinical forms described above. It takes time to complete the tests but is accomplished in the office in a pleasant and comfortable setting. Once completed the clinical and testing data will be compiled along with other data to address the needs that you or the referral source has provided.
If the evaluation is for treatment considerations, diagnostic and treatment recommendations will be provided to your treatment provider. If there is none and outpatient treatment is needed, that can be provided in our offices, or I can refer you to another consulting collegue.
Evaluations for educational or special learning needs of your child will be compiled in a Comprehensive Assessment Report addressing those individual needs of the student. Afterward, I can and will, at your request, attend parent-teacher conferences and ARD meetings to assist in developing appropriate learning modules for your child.
Evaluations for certain occupational duties often require evaluations prior to placement. Evaluations of various levels of capacity can be provided to include obtaining a license to carry (a weapon) (PP0).
In Forensic services there is no treatment plan, but rather a service plan that is developed based on the requirements and needs of the referral source, which in most circumstances is one who is, or is in contact with, the legal entity that is involved at one level or another in a legal matter or potential legal matter. That sounds a bit complicated, but then again, it can be.
A Forensic Psychologist is one who contracts to provide investigative evaluations of individuals, parties, witnesses, circumstances, evidence, damages, and other aspects involved in litigation matters. In some cases comprehensive evaluations are involved in matters having to do with the Court System whether those investigations are based on civil or criminal matters. At other times, forensic psychologists perform consultative services to attorneys or in special circumstances to the Court itself regarding legal matters. Additionally, trial support consultations and review of other expert's opinions are often provided. Forensic Psychology is an area I specialize in throughout Texas and in other areas with respect to Military Courts Martials in the Central and Western Districts of the United States.
Forensic Services provided in Civil matters are those that include:
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Child Custody or Child related matters pertaining to: Child Custody Evaluations, Capacity to Parent Evaluations, Possession and Access issues, Relocation matters, Witness Competency and Divorce Litigation.
Personal Injury matters pertaining to: Psychological Damages and injuries in personal, business/ city and municipal matters, wrongful death cases.
Title IX matters with respect to Harrassment and Hostile Workplace cases.
Divorce matters to include Mediation and Arbitration
Forensic Services in other matters include but are not limited to:
Criminal matters, Competency matters
Military Law matters
Personal Protection Officer evaluations
Please feel free to call and speak to a Case Coordinator at (210) 499-5025 regarding your matter. Someone is available 24/7 via email and will contact you with in 8 hours in most cases, or by telephone M-F 8:00 am - 5:30 pm. If we are out and your matter is not urgent, you will be contacted during normal business hours when we return to the office. Feel free to leave a message.