4004 Genesee Place, Suite 101
Lake Ridge VA 22192
Phone: 703-495-3164
Fax: 844-202-3965

McCleary Psychological Services
EVIDENCE-BASED THERAPY & PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS
Our Services
At McCleary Psychological Services we employ evidence-based therapy  to help adults, adolescents and children alter unhelpful beliefs and uncomfortable emotions like Anxiety, Anger, and Depression. Other issues we address include Trauma & PTSD, Stress Management, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, ADHD, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

​Additionally, we offer:
Psychological testing  for diagnostic clarification, treatment planning, and eligibility for accommodations, specializing in ADHD.
Court-Ordered evaluations to assess mental health functioning .
Immigration evaluations for individuals and families dealing with immigration issues. 
Psycho-Educational assessments to assess for learning disabilities and identify the individual’s strengths and weaknesses
Evidence-Based Therapy
We provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults utilizing Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Insight-Oriented Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
​CBT usually are short-term treatments (i.e., often between 6-20 sessions) that focus on teaching clients specific skills. CBT is different from many other therapy approaches by focusing on the ways that a person's cognitions (i.e., thoughts), emotions, and behaviors are connected and affect one another. 
CBASP combines interpersonal and cognitive and behavioral therapy and is the only therapy model developed specifically for the treatment of chronic depression.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) 
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
MBCT combines mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Mindfulness focuses on becoming aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings and accepting them, but not attaching or reacting to them.The goal is to interrupt negative automatic thought processes that lead to emotional malaise and instead have a more reflective, nonjudgemental response.
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events. CPT is generally delivered over 12 sessions and helps patients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. This treatment is strongly recommended for the treatment of PTSD.
Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) 
Also known simply as insight therapy, this form of mental health treatment is client-centered, a type of talk therapy that guides clients toward developing an improved understanding of self. 
IPT  focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. 
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
CPT is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters.
Psychological Evaluations

At McCleary psychological Services we offer comprehensive and individualized psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults assessing cognitive, behavioral, thought, personality, and emotional functioning.

This includes Court-Ordered Psychological Evaluations; ADHD Evaluations; Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments; Cognitive Testing; Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessments; Medical Certifications; Pre-Surgical Evaluations; Immigration-Related Evaluations; and Adoption Evaluations, among others.

  1. These evaluations generally focus on the mental health functioning. The following components are involved: a thorough psycho-social history, clinical interview, psychological testing, review of documents, and a feedback session. This service is not covered by insurance.
    Court-Ordered Psychological Evaluations
  2. The process typically includes: a clinical interview, psychological testing, review of available records, research-based rating scales from significant others (i.e., teachers, parents, spouses) and a feedback session. This service is typically covered by insurance.
    ADHD Evaluations
  3. A comprehensive psychological evaluation focuses on providing diagnostic clarification for emotional, personality, or cognitive disorders and may include assessment of intellectual, emotional, and personality functioning. This psychological evaluation can also serve as a guide for treatment planning. This service is typically covered by insurance.
    Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation
  4. Psychological evaluations offered to individuals applying for gastric bypass surgery. This service is not covered by insurance. Although we are in network with most insurance plans, we often find that insurance plans may cover weight loss surgery but may not cover some of the psychological testing needed for approval.
    Pre-Surgical Evaluation
  1. This evaluation focuses on collecting information related to cognitive functioning, including memory, cognition, language, learning, and other behaviors influenced by brain functioning. The specific battery of tests conducted will depend on your individual needs. This service is typically covered by insurance.
    Neurocognitive Evaluation
  2. This evaluation will focus particularly on social skills deficits with an emphasis on determining whether an Autism Spectrum disorder best accounts for these difficulties. This service is typically covered by insurance.
    Autism-Spectrum Evaluation

Immigration Psychological Evaluation

We provide fully multilingual psychological evaluations in English and Spanish. 
Click here for more information about these services. 

Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions

Individuals seeking Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions due to illiteracy, significant impairments in memory, dementia, and head injuries can be evaluated as these conditions may prevent an individual from passing citizenship examinations. 

Political Asylum

An immigration psychological evaluation can be provided to assess psychological factors like Post-Traumatic Stress or other Mental Illness that may be significant in the Political Asylum proceedings. Applicants for political asylum often have been exposed to extreme deprivation, torture and psychological distress when they were in their home country. As such, the purpose of an asylum evaluation is to collect information about this mistreatment and to examine the psychological impact that these circumstances had on the immigrant. 

Extreme Hardship Waiver

An evaluation for an Extreme Hardship Waiver is also provided. This evaluation focuses on the potential impact of the immigrant's deportation from a lawfully-resident parent or spouse. 

U Visa

Victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. 

VAWA Visa

An evaluation for a Domestic/Spousal Abuse Waiver (VAWA) seeks to establish the presence of domestic abuse and the psychological and practical impacts of the abuse. These services are not covered by insurance. 
Psycho-Education Testing

At McCleary psychological Services we offer  psychoeducational testing to diagnose and evaluate children and adolescents with learning disorders. Testing involves a comprehensive evaluation of your child's cognitive and academic skills to provide a thorough understanding of his or her abilities. 

What is Psycho-educational Testing?
Psychoeducational testing can be helpful when your child is experiencing difficulty learning basic academic skills. If your child demonstrates problems in one or more of the following areas, psychoeducational testing may be warranted.

Reading – has slow and effortful reading, difficulty sounding out words, guesses at words
Reading comprehension – does not understand inferences or deeper meaning of what is read
Spelling – may omit, add or substitute vowels or consonants
Written expression – makes multiple grammatical or punctuation errors, has poor paragraph organization, ideas lack clarity
Mathematics – difficulty mastering number sense, number facts or calculating; counts on fingers to add single digits; gets lost in the middle of an arithmetic procedure
Mathematic reasoning – has difficulty applying mathematical concepts, facts or procedures to solve word problems


​Is Psycho-Educational Testing covered by insurance?
This service is not covered by insurance.

What is included in a psychoeducational evaluation?
Evaluations vary according to the age of the child, the diagnostic question, and the professional doing the testing. Usually a psychoeducational evaluation will include:

1. Clinical interviews (with you and your child/adolescent)
2. Intelligence testing (IQ test)
3. Neuropsychological testing (memory, visuospatial, auditory, motor, fluency)
4. Achievement testing (reading, writing, math, oral language)

How is a private evaluation different from the school psychologist’s evaluation?
A private evaluation will most likely be more comprehensive and detailed. There are certain areas a school will not want to delve into, such as family problems causing emotional distress, and some areas that are controversial for schools to diagnose, such as ADHD. A school psychologist ultimately works for the school, not the child or parents. 

When is it the right time to seek an outside evaluation and not rely on the school?
A private evaluation offers more privacy to the family, and parents can opt to not share the results with the school. On the other hand, a school-based evaluation is free and available to all children. A private evaluation might be the only option in cases where the child is achieving at an average level or does not meet the demonstrated need for a school evaluation.