East Metro, Minneapolis/St. Paul, North Metro, Virtual
Location of Practice
White Bear Lake; St. Paul (West Seventh); St. Paul (Midway)
We provide psychological assessment and individual, couples, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in working respectfully with: • “Gifted and talented” or “high potential learners” • Intense, sensitive, energetic, and/or creative folks • Autistic people and those living with children or partners on the autism spectrum • People challenged by executive functioning differences, including those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder In addition to working with clients to identify and deal with specific symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, or inattention), we often see families for whom, generally, the “standard approach” to parenting, family building, school, or relationships has not worked out. Perhaps a different approach is needed because a child does not fit the “standard model” (e.g., in temperament, intellectual ability, or world view), or because the parents have different values or goals than the mainstream (e.g., pursuing attachment parenting; wanting both structure and warmth in their home). We also work with adolescents and adults who want “more” out of life – more connection, more authenticity, more effectiveness, or more peace.
East Metro, Minneapolis/St. Paul, North Metro, Out of Metro Area, South Metro, West Metro
Location of Practice
Developmental Discoveries specializes in pediatric neuropsychological and autism evaluations, with a particular focus on learning disabilities, ADHD, giftedness, and twice exceptional (2e) populations. We have specialized knowledge and experience with late-diagnosed autism, ‘subtle but significant’ autistic traits, and autistic girls. Licensed psychologists conduct the assessment. Assessments of younger children typically include real-world observations at school or daycare. We provide user-friendly reports in a timely manner and child-friendly feedback for older children. With our team’s extensive experience in the autistic community, broad clinical experience, and a deep interest in niche areas of child development, we provide a non-judgmental space for parents to discuss their concerns and ask important questions. Our goal is to increase knowledge, understanding, and compassion in order to better support children in their unique cognitive and developmental journeys. We embrace the concept of neurodiversity, where disability and identity intersect, emphasizing the importance of understanding and supporting individuals across a diverse neurodevelopmental spectrum.
A private practice in St. Paul providing gold standard neuropsychological evaluations for things like dyslexia/dysgraphia/dyscalculia, ADHD, and other neurodiversities. All of our staff are experienced and well-versed in working with gifted and twice exceptional children and adolescents. Wait list is typically 2 months or less. Evaluations are completed in 1 day, with report ready within 1 week.
Neuropsychological evaluations for ages 2-22 for a wide range of referral reasons, such as ADHD, autism, learning disability, trauma/ACEs, intellectual disability, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. I have experience with and am growing my expertise in twice exceptional and gifted children and adolescents.
Melissa specializes in coaching students and adults who experience performance challenges in the areas of executive function and self-regulation. Dr. Malen coaches clients that have ADHD, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disability, or are twice exceptional. Melissa earned an MA in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Education. Dr. Malen has researched the experience of parents of students with ADHD and speaks locally and internationally at teacher development conferences.
Academic, ADHD, College Consultation, Educational Consultation, Executive Function Coaching, Parent Coaching, Writing Coach
Mary L. Wandrei, PhD, specializes in psychotherapy for gifted and talented and twice-exceptional children and adults; autism screening/consultation; school adjustment and educational planning; and consultation around executive functioning, anxiety, OCD, depression, sensory processing, and temperament issues. She also supervises therapists in training, who often have openings when therapy is hard to find, and offers office space for multidisciplinary providers (therapists, nutritionists, coaches, etc.) who work with intense and gifted individuals.
One-on-one tutoring especially for learners with spatial strengths. This includes spatial learners, dyslexic learners, ADHD learners (time, materials, and task management), and ASD learners. As a classroom teacher for the highly and profoundly gifted for 10 years, my specialty most recently has become as a cognitive coach. I have worked with students from 1st grade to 12th grade to learn how to manage their brain; to get them back on track in school. I support kids as they learn how to find their internal power.
Coaching for students and/or parents, navigating the educational system, SENG support. As a retired superintendent and high school English teacher, I have unique expertise and perspective on schools and schooling.
Educational Consultation, Parent Coaching, SENG (Social Emotional Needs of Gifted)