“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but getting up everytime we do”Confucius
Hounam & Associates provides consulting and assessments for children, adolescents, adults, families, and agencies in the Waterloo Region and the surrounding area.
Services Offered for Children
- Psycho-educational assessments to identify learning disabilities, recommend accommodations for learning, and identify strengths and weaknesses in your child’s educational skills.
- Psychological assessments to identify children with developmental disabilities that require a diagnosis to access services in the community.
Psychological assessments can be used to identify Developmental Delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Children ages two years and older can be assessed.
Services Offered for Adolescents and Adults
- Psychological assessments to clarify diagnosis to access services in the community, provide necessary documentation for disability programs, or promote a person’s understanding of personality traits and emotional difficulties.
- Psycho-educational assessments to identify learning disabilities and provide a diagnosis needed to access services and accommodations for high school, college, or university.
- Provide psycho-educational assessments to referring agencies to help clients access services and funding.
- Psycho-vocational assessments to identify strengths and weakness as well as areas of interest and aptitudes when considering a career.
Diagnoses that might be provided include:
- Learning disabilities in reading (Dyslexia), written expression, and mathematics
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Intellectual abilities (qualified for giftedness or eligibility for developmental services)
* Potential for identification of auditory and visual processing disorders. If identified, a referral for further assessments with a qualified specialist will be provided.
Deb Hounam is a Psychological Associate with a Graduate Degree (masters equivalent) in Child Studies, Assessment, and Counselling from the University of Toronto – Institute of Child Studies, and is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has been in private practice since 1994 and has been providing supports to parents, consultation to agencies, and assessments for over 25 years.
In addition to her private practice, Deb has worked in children’s mental health for many years. She has previously worked with organizations such as The Child and Family Centre Brantford, Woodview Children’s Centre, Regional Support Associates, and Peel Children’s Centre. Currently, she continues to provide assessments for Two Rivers Family Health Team and programs supported by The Waterloo Wellington Canadian Mental Health Association.
Do you accept insurance to cover payments?
Most extended health plans cover a portion or all of the cost of psychological/psycho-educational assessments and individual or family counselling. It is important to talk with your insurance provider to learn the extent of your coverage. Some insurance providers may require a referral from your doctor.
How do payments work?
Payments can be made using cash, cheque, or E-Transfer. There is a scheduled payment plan according to the amount of required sessions for testing and following the completion of the report. Sessions are charged on an hourly rate. Completion of payments or shown confirmation of payments is due at the end of each session. An invoice will be sent for the time taken to write the assessment. A significant portion of the cost of the assessment comes from the write up of the report due to time commitment.
How do I know what will be kept confidential?
Information is private and confidential and can be shared only with written consent. Under certain situations your right to privacy and confidentiality might be limited, such as potential risk for harm or if required by court of law. The limits of confidentiality will be further explained at the beginning of your first session.
Do I have to share the results of my assessment with others?
Information intended to be shared with others for medical, educational, or professional purposes can be limited depending on the preference of the person being assessed. All of, or portions of, the final report can be kept confidential if requested.
How long will it take for the report to be finished?
Due to current significant mental health demands, please expect a wait of three to six months before an intake meeting can occur to begin the assessment process. A report will be completed within four to six weeks after all assessment sessions have been completed. All required forms and documentation must be provided by the date specified by Deb Hounam for the four to six week window to apply.
Phone & Fax:
114 Grand Ridge Drive
Cambridge, ON N1S 4E4