Our team evaluates and coordinates care for:
Psychological & neuropsychological assessments
Parent support & education
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) evaluations for verbal, pre-verbal, and non-verbal children
Our goal is to provide effective psychological evaluations to academically and emotionally troubled children of all ages in order to determine the pattern of brain-related strengths and weaknesses, emerging personality traits, emotional and behavioral difficulties and develop an understanding of the nature of such difficulties. We strive to provide parents and caretakers with appropriate diagnoses, treatment recommendations and suggest interventions, supports, resources and creative therapies for each child. We use pre-screening measures and questionnaires, cognitive assessments and achievement tests along with interviews and mental health assessments to measure how a child is doing in school, at home and in the community. These assessments seek to measure each child’s academic habits, motivation, visual and auditory processing skills, fine/gross motor skills and executive processes. The results of our comprehensive assessments inform behavioral, social and educational intervention recommendations for parents, educators, physicians and other professionals who may be involved in a child or teen’s physical and mental health.
Advocating for Your Child
Our licensed clinical psychologist is able to provide all of the above services with the support of other Ocean Medicine team members to better assist families and their children in their journeys toward improved mental and physical health. We often serve as a conduit between children and their parents, school teachers, principals and administrators as well as other physicians. We seek to support families with their children’s academic needs by attending school meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan meetings, and serve as mentors, advisors and liaisons as needed. When working with each child, our goal is to understand individual barriers, cultural or linguistic difficulties, socioeconomic factors, and other medical challenges which may impact treatment and prognosis while at the same time highlighting and working from strengths.
It is our hope that we will help others understand each child's specific needs, rather than simply applying labels. Our clinical psychologist focuses on teaching parents and caregivers how to encourage their children, provide appropriate boundaries and structure, and help them succeed academically through tactics aimed to improve focus, concentration, memory, and communication. Psychological testing complements our approach to assessment and we strive to provide the best care through expertise, compassion, and data.
Book An Appointment
To make an appointment for a psychological testing, call us at (949) 446-8990, or click below out an appointment request, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
About the Psychologist
Katie Yamauchi, PsyD
Psychological Testing Specialist
Dr. Katie Yamauchi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine before pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. Upon completion, she furthered her studies and received her Doctorate of Psychology degree from Loma Linda University. During her doctoral program, Dr. Yamauchi completed multiple practicums and internship specializing in psychological testing and therapy for children and adolescents. She currently maintains a co-occurring role as a Clinical Psychologist at the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center - an outpatient clinic of Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach.