Meet the newest member of our team!
Dr. Ariel Eckfeld is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological and psychological testing of children, adolescents, and young adults with a range of psychiatric and medical conditions. Her comprehensive assessments are based on evidence‑based practices to better understand day‑to‑day functioning. Dr. Eckfeld is very experienced working with ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and psychosis. She also has extensive experience working with complex presentations and neurological conditions like epilepsy, oncology, and concussions. She is passionate about working closely and warmly with clients and their families to provide tailored recommendations that can make a difference at home and at school.
*Dr. Eckfeld will be resuming in-person neuropsychological and psychological testing at our Laguna Beach office:
361 Forest Avenue, Suite 205
What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?
Clinical Neuropsychology is a specialty field within clinical psychology. It is dedicated to understanding the relationships between brain and behavior, in order to assist with diagnosing and determining effective treatment options for a range of medical, psychological, and neurological conditions. Clinical neuropsychologists receive specialized postdoctoral training to administer a wide range of neuropsychological and psychological tests.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation consists of:
  • A clinical interview and record review to gather a thorough history
  • Consultation with teachers and other healthcare providers
  • The administration of standardized tests using oral questions, paper and pencil, computers, and the manipulation of materials such as blocks and puzzles
  • A feedback session to review results in the form of a comprehensive written report
What areas may be assessed in the evaluation?
The evaluation will assess strengths and weaknesses across a range of areas including, but not limited to:
  • Intelligence / Intellectual Functioning
  • Learning and Memory
  • Language
  • Executive Functioning
  • Attention
  • Psychological Functioning
  • Social and Emotional Functioning
  • Academic Achievement (Reading, Writing, Math)
  • Day-to-day Adaptive Skills
  • Visual-Spatial Skills
Why would I need this type of evaluation?
You may consider receiving a neuropsychological evaluation for yourself or your child for the following reasons:
  • Academic, learning, or attention problems
  • Lack of progress in current interventions
  • Social difficulties
  • Clarification of diagnoses
  • History of concussion or traumatic brain injury
  • Certain medical conditions or treatments that cause cognitive changes (e.g., epilepsy, chemotherapy)
  • Change in cognitive and/or neurological function
What happens after the evaluation?
The results of your neuropsychological evaluation will be compiled into a comprehensive written report. Depending on the referral concern, the report will also include recommendations for treatment interventions and/or accommodations in home, school, and work environments.
Your safety is our priority! Call our office at (949) 891-0307 to make an appointment with Dr. Eckfeld and to learn more about what steps we are taking to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus within our office.