Everyone experiences difficulties and emotional struggles at some point in their lives. For many, counseling can be a valuable and meaningful way to help in difficult times.
At JFS Counseling, we help you find your way. Our experienced therapists work with you through the issues you're facing in a welcoming, supportive environment right here in the Richmond community. Our counselors are highly skilled in assisting individuals of all ages, couples and families, children and adolescents, older adults and those with special needs. For your convenience, we also provide on-site services at Assisted Living Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Rehabilitation Hospitals.
All too often stress, anxiety and depression can cloud our vision of what's possible in life. Together, we can navigate through challenges so you can gain the emotional strength and perspective needed to move forward.
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Life can pull us in many directions and all too often, we put ourselves and our emotional needs last. Counseling can provide a welcome outlet to explore personal growth.
At JFS, we take an individual approach with each and every client. We understand that everyone is unique and so too, are the reasons for seeking counseling. Whether you're dealing with family, relationship or older adult issues, or if simply talking with someone would help, we offer a compassionate and respectful environment where you can cope and move forward.
Many clients experience a wonderful freedom that comes from being able to talk openly about the issues they face. Discussing our problems out loud often helps make them more manageable. We believe anyone who is suffering emotionally or mentally deserves the time, attention and respect needed in order to heal.
When you're ready to speak with a counselor, we encourage you to fill out the general intake form below so we may gather the information needed to set up your counseling appointment.
Memory Assessment Services
Neuropsychological Evaluations for Adults
Neuropsychology is a specialty that focuses on brain functioning. Clinical Neuropsychologists have advanced training in the relationships between our brain and our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
You may be referred for a Neuropsychological Evaluation if you have had problems with your memory or another area of thinking like forgetfulness, problems staying organized, issues with reasoning or judgment, or difficulties with daily tasks like managing medications or finances. You also might be referred to help differentiate normal aging from a mild cognitive impairment, or you’ve been previously diagnosed with a concussion, traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor, aneurysm, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or dementia.
Clinical Neuropsychologists use standardized, objective tests to evaluate cognitive skills including attention, memory, language, spatial relations, and problem solving, as well as the assessment of social and emotional status measured by a standard psychological evaluation. This very detailed assessment can guide important healthcare decisions by giving your doctor or healthcare team an accurate diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
When you are referred for a Neuropsychological Evaluation, you will usually be seen across three visits.
During the first visit, you meet with the Neuropsychologist for a detailed clinical interview. It is helpful and highly recommended that you bring a family member or close friend who knows you well. Questions are asked about your symptoms, daily living skills, medical history, behavioral health history, family history, educational and work history. The Neuropsychologist will discuss the details of your upcoming assessment at the end of your visit.
During the second visit, you and the Neuropsychologist complete the standardized testing. As long as you can manage independently for about four hours, family or friends don’t to be present for this second appointment. It is important for you to take all your medications (unless specifically directed otherwise.) It is also important to bring any necessary glasses, magnifiers, hearing aids, amplifying devices, and snacks.
In the week following the assessment, you meet with the Neuropsychologist a third time to thoroughly review the test results and discuss recommendations. It can be very helpful to bring a family member or friend with you. At the end of the visit, you will receive the Neuropsychological Evaluation Report. A copy will be sent to the doctor who referred you for testing, and additional copies can be provided to other physicians if you sign a Release of Information.
Our Clinical Psychologists
Dr. Joy O'Grady is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in Neuropsychology and currently provides Clinical Neuropsychological services to older adults. She is also involved in several multi-national pharmaceutical trials of Alzheimer’s medications. Joy received her B.S degree from Ursinus College, M.A from American University, and Ph.D. from University of Memphis. She completed internship training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System.
Dr. Jennifer Morgan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in Neuropsychology. She has worked in private practices since 1999, with previous experience in hospital and educational settings. She volunteers at the state and national level, advocating for issues related to health care benefits. Jennifer received her doctoral degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, completed her internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and completed residency training at Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.