Forensic Psychological Services

  • Forensic Evaluations: Forensic Psychology is an area of specialized practice that applies the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. Forensic psychologists often provide evaluation and/or treatment services to aid the justice system in civil or criminal matters. Forensic psychologists also serve as consultants and expert witnesses for attorneys and the courts. Forensic psychological evaluation is a complex process that involves extensive interviewing, collection of collateral information, review of relevant records and psychological testing. Dr. Luizza makes certain that her conceptualizations and recommendations are backed by evidence, research, and case law. Dr. Luizza offers the following services:

      • Competency/Fitness to Stand Trial Evaluations

      • Criminal Responsibility/Insanity Evaluations

      • Military Diversion Evaluations

      • Mental Health Diversion Evaluations

      • Psychosexual Evaluations

      • Pretrial and Sentencing Mitigation Evaluations

      • Violence Risk Assessments

  • Court-Ordered Treatment: When mental health conditions contribute to maladaptive or dangerous behavior, affect the way a person treats others, or increase the risk of recidivism, a court may order treatment as an alternative to jail or prison time. A court may also compel treatment if a person is deemed a risk to themselves or others. State laws governing court-mandated treatment vary, as do the programs a person might complete as part of court-ordered treatment. Dr. Luizza offers the following court-ordered treatment services:

      • Drug and Alchohol Treatment

      • Domestic Violence Treatment

      • Sexual Dysfunction Treatment

Clinical Psychological Services

  • Psychological Assessment: Psychological assessments provide information about an individual’s emotional, intellectual, behavioral, and/or academic/occupational strengths and challenges. With this information, Dr. Luizza can help an individual(s) better understand their psychological functioning and generate recommendations to improve and/or compensate challenges. Psychological assessments offer insight as to the severity of a particular issue or concern and of the capacity for optimal functioning. Assessments can help determine appropriate diagnoses, treatment planning, and/or testing and school accommodations. Each psychological assessment includes a clinical interview, administration, scoring, and interpretation of all test measures, a comprehensive psychological report with recommendations, and feedback session with Dr. Luizza. Dr. Luizza offers the following testing services:
      • Psychodiagnostic Determination

      • Personality Structure and Psychopathology Evaluations

      • Learning & Intellectual Disorder/ADHD Evaluations

      • School or Testing Accommodations Evaluations

      • Alcohol and Drug Evaluations

      • Psychological, Neuropsychological, and Psychoeducational Testing (Full Battery)

  • Psychotherapy: Our childhood experiences shape the way we view and experience ourselves, others, and the world. When we understand why we think, feel, and behave the way we do, we can begin to accept our past and enjoy our present. Dr. Luizza uses the past strategically to connect the dots to today’s unhelpful patterns that are no longer serving you and causing distress in your life. By gaining insight into how our past influences our present, we can make more mindful decisions and take control of how we respond to the world around us. Using a personalized and nonjudgmental approach, Dr. Luizza will work with you collaboratively on confronting and processing unresolved inner conflicts and trauma, identifying and changing self-defeating patterns, developing healthier ways to manage emotions and challenging situations, and uncovering the underlying meanings, desires, and motivations of your thoughts and behaviors. The healing nature of the therapeutic relationship is a pivotal part of the work we will do together. How you relate and respond to your therapist usually mirrors how you behave in other relationships. By working on these dynamics within the therapeutic relationship, Dr. Luizza’s goal is to create a safe holding environment in which you’re able to have a corrective emotional experience that you can internalize and take with you. Dr. Luizza provides therapeutic services to adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, academic, legal, and/or professional issues. Dr. Luizza works closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, and other agencies to determine how to best treat and care for her clients. Each psychotherapy session with Dr. Luizza is estimated to be approximately 50 minutes in her office or via telehealth, whichever you are most comfortable with. Dr. Luizza’s therapeutic specialties are:

      • High Functioning Depression

      • Borderline & Antisocial Personality Disorders

      • Relationship Issues

      • Childhood Trauma

      • Chronic Relapse, Impulsivity, & Self-Sabotage