Hana Carmona, Ph.D.
Hello, I am a California licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25510) currently on staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, while also offering private therapy, testing and consultation services. I've been providing this variety of clinical services to youth and families for 13 years. I have a PhD. from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA (2011), completed an APA accredited internship and a post-doctoral fellowship with a specialty in working with teens and young adults who have mental health needs related to identity development, mood disorders, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, medical illness and neurodevelopmental disorders.
In addition to therapy and assessment services for teens and young adults, I am also a supervisor for the Children's Hospital APA accredited psychology internship and post-doctoral fellowship programs. I act as the coordinator of assessment services and provide regular training regarding the administration and interpretation of psychological tests. I am currently certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused CBT and several other evidence based therapy practices, and my background in research largely focused on identifying what teens need to be resilient and thrive, even in the face of trauma and chronic adversity. Whether I am doing therapy, conducting an assessment, training, supervising, or consulting, my focus is on helping youth take positive steps in their development in order to reach their full potential.
Bridgid Mariko Conn, Ph.D.
Hello and thank you for your interest in our services. I am a California licensed psychologist (PSY27641) and have been providing therapy and assessment services with children, adolescents, and their families over the past 8 years. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts (2014), a doctoral internship at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah (2014), and a post-doctoral fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (2016). I am currently a staff psychologist in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I provide individual, group, and family therapy, psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational evaluations, and clinical supervision for doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows. In addition to my clinical work, I also engage in scholarly and research endeavors with a focus on addressing racial/ethnic/social class disparities in accessing mental health services, supporting transitions from pediatric to adult healthcare systems for chronically ill adolescents and young adults (AYA), and understanding the impact of stress and resiliency on mental health and academic outcomes for AYA. I am dedicated to supporting youth (and their families) in gaining an understanding of their cognitive, developmental, and emotional selves in order to identify the most appropriate accommodations, supports, and services within an environment that is the best fit for their needs.
What is testing for?
It’s natural for people to have questions about how we are developing and whether we may be experiencing symptoms that impact our ability to function. Parents often have concerns about how their children are adjusting to the increasing responsibilities of life. Here are some common questions we see in testing referrals:
My child has always had a hard time in school but has not been able to get the support they need. What can I do to help the school understand my child’s needs?
I think my child has a harder time than other kids their age with things like paying attention, staying organized, remembering and following directions. What could be causing this?
There are mental health issues that run in my family and I’m worried that these types of issues will impact my life. How can I know if I am showing symptoms of mental health problems?
My child is having a hard time getting along with others. Is this a sign of mental health issues or is this normal for their age? Would going to therapy help them?
Psychological assessment may empower you with the information you need to make decisions and take next steps. Your assessor will be with you throughout the process of testing, will provide recommendations tailored to your specific referral questions and may provide professional consultation to others (for example, school staff) in order to support you.
The First meeting
Getting to know your family and understanding what you need from the testing process is important. We want you and your child to feel comfortable with us and the format of testing so we will take some time to explain the purpose of psychological assessment and answer any questions your family has about it. We will also get some paperwork filled out including consent forms which allow us to speak with people who may have helpful information about your child. Speaking with teachers, doctors or relatives sometimes adds a lot of insight to the assessment. In this first meeting, several general questionnaires may also be used to gather initial information from yours and your child's perspectives.
We will meet with you and/or your child in person to administer tests and questionnaires specific to your unique referral. Basic assessments may require 2 to 3 sessions, while more complex or comprehensive assessments may need more sessions to complete. These sessions may take place in the home if a suitable, distraction-free environment is available, at your child's school if this is allowed by school administrators, or in an office setting that will be arranged by your assessor depending on your geographical location.
preparing the results
Once the testing sessions are done, all of the information gathered from interviews, questionnaires and tests will be analyzed together to address the referral questions and formulate recommendations. A written report will be prepared which reviews the information gathered, testing results, diagnostic summary (if a diagnosis is being given), and recommendations. If there has been testing done in the past and these reports are available to us, we will discuss how past testing results may relate to the current findings in order to present a bigger picture of how a child is developing over time.
reviewing results together
We will go over the results contained in the report with you and in most cases we will give age appropriate feedback to your child about their strengths and steps they can take to grow in their abilities. You and your child can ask any questions and you will be given a written report of the test results which may be shared with others at your own discretion. If you were referred for testing by a health professional, you may consent to having them be present at this feedback session and having a copy of the report released directly to them.
ongoing consultation and therapy
Depending on your needs, additional services such as consultation at IEP meetings or therapy services may be added after testing is complete (additional fees apply). Consultation services include explaining diagnosis and identifying appropriate interventions as well as advocating for the support your child needs. This can be helpful in dealing with various systems of care including schools and community agencies. Your assessor is also a highly trained and licensed clinical psychologist with a background in child and family therapy and a specialty in working with adolescents and young adults. They may offer short or long term therapy to address mood and behavioral issues or they may give referrals to other helpful resources and providers.
SAMPLE ASSESSMENT PACKAGES & FEES
We understand that asking for an assessment can be seen as quite an investment (financially, time-wise, and effort-wise) and often people are not sure how and why an assessment may be beneficial. We offer a no-cost initial consultation call in order to discuss your referral question, review potential options for evaluation to address the referral need, and to provide an overview of the assessment process.
We are out-of-network providers and do not participate as an in-network provider with any insurance company. If you have an insurance plan that allows you to utilize assessment and therapy services with out-of-network providers, we are able to provide you with a detailed invoice "superbill" that provides procedure codes and diagnostic codes that may be submitted to your insurance for reimbursement purposes. If pre-authorization paperwork is required by your insurance, we are happy to complete these for you.
Payment is required at the time of the session and we accept checks and cash. The retainer, which is 50% of the total cost, is expected at the time of the initial appointment. The remaining balance is expected at the time of assessment completion and upon delivery of the report.
The following sample packages are estimates based on age and focus of the assessment. Note: Emotional/Behavioral Assessment – Cost may be estimated based on consultation.
Comprehensive Psychological Assessment - $3,000
Intake session with client and parent and/or guardian (approx. 1 hour)
General battery, which includes cognitive and academic achievement assessment, as well as behavioral, emotional, social assessment, neuropsychological testing, and/or personality assessment as indicated (estimated 4-6 hours face-to-face testing, 4-5 hours report writing, 3 hours for incidentals, including driving, preparation, phone calls, etc.)
Feedback session with clients and/or parents/guardian to review written results and discuss recommendations. (approx. 1 hour)
Comprehensive clinical history review with client or parent/guardian
Battery includes cognitive assessment, behavioral rating scales from multiple raters (i.e., self, parent, teacher), neuropsychological tests of attention, concentration, and memory
Direct behavioral observation in school setting (optional, approx. 30-45 min)
Feedback session with clients and/or parents/guardian to review written results and discuss recommendations.
Intellectual/Cognitive Assessment Only
- Complete cognitive testing battery with brief written report
Academic Achievement Assessment Only
- Complete academic achievement battery with brief written report
If your assessment includes a school observation, consultation with school staff or other providers, or attendance at an IEP meeting, you will be assessed an additional fee of $200 an hour (calculated in 15 minute increments), which includes travel time. Other charges may also apply if we need to rent office space in specific circumstances.
Please use the form below to provide your contact information and a brief description of your assessment questions or consultation goals. We will return your message within 1-2 business days.