366 S. California Avenue Suite 14 Palo Alto, CA 94306
Years of experience
The team of experienced clinicians at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California, provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for neuropsychological conditions. Infants, children, adolescents, adults, and their families benefit from the team’s extensive training and experience and a highly personalized, collaborative approach to neuropsychological care.
Using evidence-based cognitive assessment tools and interventions, the skilled professionals at Abbey Neuropsychology practice traditional psychotherapeutic techniques as well as innovative, research-supported therapies that harness the brain’s natural capacity for change. Biofeedback, neurofeedback, executive function coaching, parent coaching, and Cogmed Working Memory Training® are some of the treatments available in addition to traditional psychotherapy and counseling.
Clients see us for many reasons. Some are struggling to sustain attention (ADHD/ADD) or are experiencing difficulties with academics (learning disabilities – dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia). Others are finding it difficulties to regulate their emotions or behavior in the school or work environments (Anxiety, Depression, PTSD). We also see clients for more medically-based concerns (Autism, TBI/Concussion, headaches or migraines, memory and cognitive decline). However, you do not have to have a concern or a diagnosis. Many clients we see simply want to achieve overall wellness and be their best selves.
Here at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic, safety is our priority and so is your health. We understand that many of you are dealing with a “new normal” and have had to adapt to the many changes in your day to day lives. Even if we cannot physically see you face-to-face, our promise to see you achieve personal wellness and to be your very best selves are still important to us. Personal Connection. If anything, we could all use a little more personal connection nowadays. All of our programs are offered remotely, with personal connection in mind. Through HIPAA protected video conferencing, shared screens, and customized home-kits, clinicians and trainers work with you in real-time to motivate and guide your sessions. With baseline neuropsychological assessments, personalized treatment plans, and evidenced based equipment, we bring the care of our clinic to your home. Contact us to hear about our programs, like: Neuropsychological Assessments, Neurofeedback, Stress Management, Reading Intervention, Vision Training, Move & Learn, Safe & Sound etc.
Dr. Abby Designed a neuro feedback, visual training for my son who has overall delays. Devin made exceptional progress as a 27 year old young adult. In comparison to therapy he had has for years there was significant changes in social skils, verbal skills, attention and coordination. It was like taking steps in cognitive skills I thought he may never take. I would recommend this clinic to anyone who is working on life skills.
I am a private psychologist who has referred many patients to Dr. Abbey's clinic for both assessment and treatment. Dr. Abbey and his staff members have all been extremely helpful and both my patients and their families have reported effective treatment and positive experiences. The assessments and treatment offered by this clinic are complex and the fees charged reflect that complexity. However, having compared the rates of this clinic to others that offer similar services, I have found, if anything, that this clinic is at the lower end of the cost spectrum. Dr. Abbey emphasizes personal attention to each of the clinic's patients seeking to fully understand all of the issues presented and finding the most effective course of treatment.
Dr. Abbey and his colleagues are extremely passionate about their work and truly care about providing the highest quality services to their clients. He is very knowledgable and dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment services to children to enrich their lives. He provides treatments that are based upon current research and very effective for children. I can't recommend him more highly.
Assessments are designed to identify cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses, uncover the root of struggles (beyond diagnosis), guide intervention and provide individualized recommendations. The standard administration of assessments typically involves face-to-face methods. However, the practice of psychology has adapted those methods to simulate standard assessment practices remotely by using screen sharing and webcams throughout testing. Moreover, we are excited to integrate tests specifically designed for the purpose of telehealth/remote administration and have been created to measure various neurocognitive functions.
Sometimes learning isn’t meant to be done in a chair all day. We know there are many online programs, but very few involve movement and live one-on-one training. Our Move and Learn program motivates the power of the brain and movement in learning. Your student will build skills in processing speed, mental timing, and self-regulation. Work with our Interactive Metronome trainers and complete a series of exercises and games in the comfort of your own home.
Utilize your strengths in our dynamic program by tying in gross motor movement with cognitive processes. The Move and Learn program builds on the student’s strengths. Students ultimately learn to be in-tune with their bodies and to have more control.
Our reading program is a multi-sensory approach to reading and language. The program focuses on developing foundational skills in reading such as phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency as well as cognitive skills such as working memory, attention, processing, and sequencing skills. An initial assessment will be administered to help your child get started with the appropriate reading level. By taking the initial assessment, you will then be assigned specific exercises to help you strengthen your skills.
These exercises turn reading into fun games, using interactive graphics (animals, aliens, etc.).
Neurofeedback, which is also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, harnesses your brain’s capacity to change in order to reshape weaknesses in brain function. Neurofeedback can be used to treat patients who have disorders such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), anxiety, depression, ASD (autism spectrum disorder), and brain injuries. Neurofeedback works by reinforcing optimal brain functioning through rewards. For example, when your brain is using the correct neural pathways, you will receive an immediate reward such as the movie you’re watching becoming brighter. When your brain deviates from optimal functioning, the reward is taken away. This process of operant conditioning helps retrain the brain and optimize functioning. In response to COVID-19 we are offering different home interventions available for neurofeedback to be done via telehealth communication and video conferencing.
This innovative technique heightens and develops neural pathways relating to eye movement, neural timing, balance, motor control, and your awareness of the position and movement of your body in space. Vision training enhances your perception and processing of new visual information. By strengthening your visual system, neurological functions often improve.
Work one-on-one with a vision trainer from the comfort of your home to improve and train eye tracking, eye teaming, depth perception, attention, and cognitive functioning, among many other visual and cognitive skills. Use state-of-the-art software and equipment shipped to you!
Central to our ability to think for ourselves are mental processes that link our past experiences with present actions and enable us to plan and organize our behavior over time. These are called ‘executive functions’ and play a key role in our everyday lives including activities such as:
-Keeping track of time on exams or work assignments
-Sustaining attention to successfully complete homework or projects.
-Taking appropriate actions to respond to different situations
-Inhibiting actions that could be inappropriate or counter-productive
-Thinking critically and actively while reading or writing.
Integrated Listening System, known as ILS, is a comprehensive program designed to help people who struggle with inattention, sensory sensitivities, slow processing speeds, or low comprehension. The sound therapy is delivered through an air and bone conduction headset and directly targets the vestibular system, responsible for balance and coordination as well as sensory modulation and emotional regulation. When combined with body movement and language exercises, our neurons are repetitively stimulated and essentially our brain is being re-trained to become more efficient and effective to improve cognitive performance. Here at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic, we are proud to offer the ILS program to our clients remotely so that you can work on becoming your best self in the comfort of your own home while using us as a coach for your journey. Please call us at 650-614-0014 to learn more about how ILS can help you.
The Safe and Sound Protocol, known as SSP, is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Designed by Dr. Stephen Porges, SSP is helpful for people struggling with social and emotional difficulties, auditory sensitivities, anxiety and trauma, and inattention. This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. Upon completion, individuals are better able to focus and experience a calmed emotional and physiological state. With the help of experienced professionals at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic, let us guide you through the SSP program remotely. Give us a call at 650-614-0014 to learn more.
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