Our clinicians conduct assessments for adults in a range of areas, to assist with the diagnosis of intellectual disability, learning difficulties and/or to understand functional capacity.
We provide assessments of:
- Cognitive ability (thinking, reasoning and problem solving – often referred to as IQ assessments)
- Learning difficulties and specific learning disorders (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia)
- Intellectual disability
- Mental health conditions
- Adaptive behaviour/functional skills (for NDIS or other support purposes).
All assessments are evidence-based and include detailed recommendations to address the identified needs and assist with planning for therapy and support services.
An assessment can show areas of strength and weakness which can help you to maximise your learning, enhance areas of strength and develop any areas of weakness.
Assessments can help you to:
- Understand your own abilities better.
- Focus on areas of strength and develop your potential in these areas.
- Understand what to do to overcome barriers to progress at work or home.
- Receive appropriate support from other services.
At Solasta, we understand the importance of a strong connection between you and your clinician where you feel understood.
For this reason, our team take care to link you with a clinician who is best suited to your needs and preferences and who you will connect with.
Our clinicians are committed to a person-led approach, ensuring that you are at the centre of all our services. To achieve this, your clinician will focus on your strengths and work with you to build the skills you need to achieve your goals.
During your time at Solasta, you will always feel safe, listened to, respected and supported.
Frequently asked questions
How long will the assessment take?
The number and length of assessment appointments will vary depending on the assessment type and your needs.
Some assessments will take approximately three to four hours and may be spread across two appointments. Other assessments may require additional or longer sessions in order to complete a comprehensive assessment.
Short breaks will be given during each assessment appointment if needed as some people may find it tiring.
When you book your assessment, you will be provided with more information about the length of your appointment.
Do I need a referral?
Many assessments do not require a referral. If a referral is needed, our team will discuss this with you at the time of your enquiry.
How do I prepare for my assessment?
In order to get the best assessment of your abilities, it is important that you are well rested, feeling physically well, and have not used alcohol or other drugs at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Ensure that you have had something to eat and drink before the assessment begins, and feel free to bring along snacks and water for the assessment appointment/s to consume during breaks.
If you wear glasses or require a hearing aid, please bring these along with you to the assessment. If you have any previous medical or allied health assessment reports, please bring them along as well.
How much will it cost?
Does the NDIS cover assessments?
NDIS participants may be able to use their funding to access functional capacity assessments, sometimes these may be referred to as adaptive behaviour assessments. These assessments are undertaken to understand the needs of NDIS participants so that appropriate supports and services can be put in place to help them achieve their goals. Solasta staff are able to undertake adaptive behaviour assessments and provide detailed reports which include recommendations for services.
In some circumstances, NDIS funding may be able to be used for cognitive assessments. This will depend upon the goals in your NDIS plan. Cognitive assessments provide important information about the person’s strengths and weaknesses. This helps to identify difficulties they may be experiencing and informs the types of services and supports they need. It also provides useful information to ensure that intervention strategies are appropriately tailored to the person’s cognitive abilities.
The NDIS will not fund diagnosis and assessment of health conditions, including mental health conditions and disabilities.
Will my services be confidential?
Any information that you disclose is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else without your permission. There are two exceptions to this rule – the first is if you are at risk of harm either to yourself or someone else, and the second is in relation to court orders. Your Clinician will discuss the limits of confidentiality at your first appointment.
Our clinicians who provide assessments for adults
Nataly Veal is a Clinical Psychologist with experience supporting individuals across all age groups, including children, young people, and adults with mental health concerns, learning difficulties, and disabilities. Nataly has specific interests in autism and ADHD.
With over a decade of experience in diverse settings, including public, private, and independent school systems, Nataly possesses a wealth of knowledge in psychoeducational assessments and can identify and provide recommendations for various conditions, such as intellectual disability, specific learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia), as well as gifted and talented learners.
Nataly's therapeutic style is warm and engaging, and she is dedicated to employing a strength-based and values-driven approach that empowers clients to achieve their goals. When working with neurodivergent children who have social, emotional, and behavioural needs, Nataly adopts a child-centered approach. Nataly collaborates with parents, teachers, and other allied health professionals to develop effective strategies across home and school settings.
When working with adolescents, Nataly's kind and empathic therapy style enables her to foster strong relationships and provide genuine understanding and support throughout their life challenges. She also extends her expertise to adults, assisting them in improving their mental health, life outlook, and overall well-being.
As a committed professional, Nataly provides clinical supervision to early career psychologists as well as clinicians in registrar programs seeking practice endorsement. Her guidance and mentorship empower fellow practitioners to refine their skills and deliver exceptional care.
Kerry has over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. This has included hospitals, community based services and private practice.
Kerry has wide experience in psychological assessment and is able to assess and diagnose a range of conditions including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, specific learning disorders and intellectual disability.
Kerry is passionate about understanding the whole child and works very much from a strengths-based framework to help children reach their potential. Kerry enjoys working therapeutically within a broad range of areas including anxiety and depression.
She also consults with the Independent Schools Association on ways to support children with mental health diagnoses and challenging behaviour at school.
She often runs workshops for parents and teachers covering a variety of topics including growth mindset, ways to support mental wellbeing, understanding challenging behaviour, anxiety and autism spectrum disorder.
Genevieve has experience working in government, not-for profit organisations, and private practice settings. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within a broad range of concerns including anxiety and depression.
Genevieve's down to earth, non-judgemental, and friendly approach allows her clients to feel comfortable and supported throughout therapy. She has experience and interest in working with women who are impacted by mental health difficulties within the perinatal period. Genevieve also enjoys working with adolescents and understands that this can be a particularly difficult time of life to navigate. She has experience in providing support to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental differences including Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. In addition to therapy, she offers Psychoeducational assessments to explore and diagnose learning and other disorders.
She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with clients, however tailors therapy to the individual and draws from several therapeutic approaches in her practice. She aims to provide all clients with a safe space to explore their mental health and build upon their wellbeing.
Dr John Callary has over 25 years’ experience as a psychiatrist. John presently works in private practice in Adelaide and Pt Augusta and is also a RANZCP examiner and tutor at Glenside Hospital.
John has previously worked as Clinical Director at headspace Adelaide, SA Director of Psychiatry Training and staff specialist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
John works with young people and their families and his clinical interests include learning and developmental disorders, organic psychiatry and early onset psychosis.
John is able to provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments for children and young people up to the age of 18 for GPs and other members of the treating team, this includes diagnostic assessments, treatment advice (particularly medication related) and second opinions. All appointments require a current GP referral for a comprehensive psychiatric review (MBS 291).
Lisa is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in providing a range of psychological services to individuals, families, schools and organisations. She has worked in private practice, school, community and residential care settings. Lisa also has experience working in child protection, family reunification, and youth homelessness settings.
Lisa works in a collaborative and non-judgemental manner and is passionate about working with children, adolescents and adults to improve their wellbeing. In addition, she frequently consults with families, teachers, support staff and other allied health professionals to improve their ability to support their children. Lisa regularly conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for students experiencing learning difficulties, and to diagnose conditions such as intellectual disability, specific learning disorders and ADHD.
She has a particular interest in supporting adolescents to understand and manage their mental health and improve their wellbeing. She also has an interest and experience in helping her clients to recover from traumatic and adverse life experiences.
Lisa completed her Honours in Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Flinders University.
She has also received specialist training in Family Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Child and Adolescent Psychology. Her therapeutic style is grounded in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, though she tailors her approach to each individual client in a strengths-based manner.
She is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia with Clinical Endorsement and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Rachael is a clinical psychologist with significant experience. She has worked with a range of individuals from different backgrounds at varying stages of life who are dealing with challenging circumstances.
Rachael started her career as a sessional couple’s therapist at Relationships Australia in Perth before moving to Sydney and working in a community drug and alcohol treatment service with groups and individuals dealing with addiction issues. During that time she also worked in a Women’s Drug Rehabilitation Centre and at Unifam with families and young people post separation.
Rachael’s areas of interest include working with the effects of trauma as well as engaging with couples and supporting families and individuals dealing with the impacts of brain injury to find effective ways to live full and meaningful lives.
She recognises the importance of using various approaches to assist clients to take risks, build greater understanding of themselves and develop ways to make changes that are sustainable over time.
Katira is a Registered Psychologist renowned for her compassionate and empathetic approach, fostering genuine connections with both children and adults. She builds therapeutic relationships built on empathy and a non-judgemental approach.
Katira specialises in providing psychological therapy for children and adults facing a broad spectrum of challenges, such as anxiety, depression, stress, fears and phobias, trauma, and emotional regulation difficulties.
Recognising that life can present challenges and feel like a rollercoaster ride at times, Katira’s therapy sessions offer a safe place for individuals to explore these difficulties.
Drawing upon evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches, Katira tailors her methods to suit individual needs.
Katira's extensive career spans a diverse array of settings, including schools and disability and not-for-profit organisations. Her breadth of experiences and versatile therapeutic techniques uniquely equip her to provide tailored support for each and every client.
Madeline is a dedicated Provisional Psychologist on the cusp of achieving full registration, having earned her Master of Professional Psychology from Flinders University in 2023, alongside a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) and Honours Degree in Psychology.
Madeline brings a wealth of experience to her practice, having worked in child protection settings in regional North Queensland, as well as private practice and not-for-profit organisations where she provided assessments and therapy to individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injuries.
At Solasta, Madeline provides compassionate and non-judgemental psychological therapy to children, young people and adults facing a broad spectrum of challenges including anxiety, depression, stress, phobias, trauma, and emotional regulation difficulties. Drawing upon evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, elements of Schema Therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques, Madeline tailors her methods to suit individual needs. Eager to expand her repertoire, Madeline is currently undergoing training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
In addition to her therapeutic work, Madeline will soon be offering psychoeducational assessments, enhancing her ability to provide comprehensive support to her clients.
As a student member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Madeline is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice and remains committed to her ongoing professional development.
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We offer a carefully designed, modern and inviting therapy space. Our carefully designed, spacious and light-filled rooms create a safe and comfortable environment. From the wait-room to your time in our consult rooms, we have consciously created an enriched space to ensure your experience at Solasta is a positive one.
We also have rooms designed to accommodate sensory needs, with soft lighting and thoughtfully selected furnishings to create a calming environment.
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