Psychiatric Services click to expand/collapse
- Psychiatric Evaluations
- Medication Management
- Forensic Evaluations
- Fitness For Duty Evaluations
- Disability Assessments
- Mindful Balance (Yoga Therapy) See below
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- Individual & Family Therapy
- Couples/Marital Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Exposure and Response Preventive Therapy
- ADHD Evaluations (Tova)
- Weight Loss/Gastric Bypass Evaluations
- Psychological Testing See below
- Biofeedback See below
Psychological Testing click to expand/collapse
Dr. John Lewandowski III
Psychological testing sounds intimidating, but it’s actually designed to help you. Psychological testing is like a medical test. If you, or someone you know, are presenting with symptoms, a medical doctor may order an X-ray or a blood test to help them understand what might be causing those symptoms, and the results of the test help the doctor develop a treatment plan.
Psychological evaluations work in the same way. Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a patient’s behavior to find a conclusion regarding diagnosis or overall functioning, which helps guide treatment.
Psychological testing can be ordered for a myriad of reasons. For example, if a child is having difficulty in school, a counselor or teacher may ask for testing regarding the student’s aptitude or to assess if there are any learning disabilities present. The results of the testing can be used to create an individual education plan that emphasizes the student’s strengths, and to help put a system in place so the student can learn in the more supportive environment possible.
Additionally, if someone is having difficulties at work or in school, or even in personal relationships, tests can help a therapist understand whether their client might have issues with anger management or interpersonal skills, or if certain personality traits are present that might be contributing to the problem. Psychological testing can also be used to evaluate if a person is experiencing emotional disorders, like Anxiety or Depression.
For many people, the cause of their symptoms or problems is not always clear. Psychological testing can help create a better picture of a person’s overall functioning. It’s not meant to be scary, and it’s not something you can study or prepare yourself for to get a better score. Think of it as an opportunity for your provider, whether it’s a psychiatrist or a therapist, to have an opportunity to improve the quality of treatment they are providing for you.
Testing can be useful for assessing
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bariatric Assessment
- Differential Diagnosis
- Learning Disabilities
- Memory Deficits
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorders
To see if psychological testing might benefit you, call Dr. John Lewandowski at 815.526.5326.
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Dr. John Lewandowski III
Dr. Lewandowski provides biofeedback and neurofeedback therapy to help individuals who experience psychological and physical symptoms related to a variety of conditions including, Anxiety Spectrum Disorders, Depression Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Brain Injury, Sleep Issues, and Processing Disorders.
What is Biofeedback?
If you have ever taken your temperature or weighed yourself – you’ve engaged in a form of biofeedback. The information about your body provided by the scale or thermometer helped you make a decision to change your situation, in this case, to take medication or to change your diet. Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feedback” information to the client and, with help of Dr. Lewandowski, the client is able to practice skills and learn techniques to help regulate physiological symptoms.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, often referred to as EEG biofeedback or brain wave training, is very similar to other forms of biofeedback; however, Neurofeedback focuses on the central nervous system and the brain. Neurofeedback pairs certain aspects of a client’s neurophysiology, such as brain wave amplitudes, to some form of auditory or visual feedback, usually a movie, game, or white noise, such as a guitar and ocean waves. The feedback allows the brain to monitor and manipulate the underlying EEG activity, which can cause positive changes in a person’s mood and overall functioning. Neurofeedback is most successful when the training is completed twice a week.
Possible Effects and Side Effects
Common effects of biofeedback/neurofeedback treatment include improved self-regulation of arousal level, stress reduction, increased attention and concentration, decreased impulsivity, improved mood, improved sleep, and some relief from mental health symptoms. Occasionally, a patient may experience a temporary increase in a symptom they want to decrease during the treatment. If this is the case, the patient should immediately inform Dr. Lewandowski and she will adjust the treatment approach. Quite often individuals who participate in neurofeedback training will experience a decreased need for medication. Dr. Lewandowski works closely with prescribing physicians to monitor the patient for signs and symptoms related to over medication. Biofeedback/neurofeedback is an individualized process. Many, but not all, patients experience overall mood improvement.To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewandowski in the Crystal Lake office, please call 815-526-5326.
Mindful Balance click to expand/collapse
Dr. Paul is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and has also completed more advanced studies in mind/body medicine including meditation and yoga techniques. She now offers modern psychiatric care, including psychotherapeutic methods and medications, as well as interventions based on a mind/body approach to wellness.
Each patient starts with a full one hour psychiatric evaluation to determine symptoms or conditions that need to be addressed. At the end of the session, Dr. Paul will discuss treatment options and plan.
Follow-up appointments are fifteen to thirty minutes long, depending on treatment recommendations. Sessions may focus on medication management concerns, talk therapy, breathing or relaxation strategies, or a recommendation for yoga or other mind/body interventions outside of the office.
Please contact the Vernon Hills office to schedule with Dr. Paul by calling 847-918- 8282 and press 0 for staff assistance.
Learn about meditation and other useful ways to manage stress on my website: www.mindfulbalancemd.com