Cornerstone Behavioral Health (CBH) offers the following services:

Therapy and Counseling Services
Most of our therapists have very strong experience with cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT). CPT is often the most effective psychotherapy treatment today for behavioral and mental health disorders. Cornerstone Behavioral Health typically receives referrals for Anxiety (eg. Panic Disorder), Mood Disorders (eg. Depression), Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Behavioral Problems (eg. acting-out, impulse control issues) and OCD Spectrum Disorders (OCD, Trichotillomania).  Each patient will be assessed to determine what treatment modality is best (individual, family, parental, spousal). You can find a list of providers by location in the Locations section of the website.

Neuropsychological Evaluations
Our team of neuropsychologists have extensive experience in adult and child neuropsychological evaluations. You can find a list of providers by location in the Locations section of the website.

Adult Neuropsychological Evaluations:
Neuropsychological evaluations are often requested when there are symptoms or complaints involving memory or thinking. This may be signaled by a change in concentration, organization, reasoning, memory, language, perception, coordination, or personality. The change may be due to any of a number of medical, neurological, psychological, or genetic causes. Testing will be helpful in understanding your specific situation.

A typical neuropsychological evaluation can look at cognitive skills including intelligence, executive functions (like planning and organization), attention and concentration and learning and memory among others. A full neuropsychological evaluation will also look at other symptoms such as depression or anxiety that might impact thinking skills. 

Test results can also be used to help diagnose illnesses since different conditions result in different strengths and weaknesses in different cognitive domains. Therefore, the results can be helpful in determining which areas of the brain might be involved and what illness might be operating. For instance, testing can help to differentiate among Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

Child Neuropsychological Evaluations
Pediatric neuropsychology is concerned with assessing cognitive issues and psychological symptoms impacting the functioning of a child. A neuropsychologist working with a child must have expertise in a broad range of neuropsychological functions at different stages of development and how they impact a child's overall functioning. The evaluation differs from a school assessments which are usually performed to determine whether a child qualifies for special education programs or school based programs to enhance school performance. They focus on achievement and skills needed for academic success. Generally, they do not diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development. Evaluators in school settings are also often limited in terms of making diagnoses. 

Children are typically referred by a doctor, teacher, school psychologist, or other professional because of one or more problems, such as:
Attention difficulties
Difficulty in learning, behavior, socialization, or emotional control;
A disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain in some way; or
A brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or other physical stress.
A neuropsychological evaluation assists in better understanding your child’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality. This information will help you and your child’s teacher, therapists, and physician provide treatments and interventions for your child that will meet his or her unique needs.

Psychoeducational Evaluations/Learning Disability Evaluation
This type of evaluation assesses an individual’s skill level in different academic areas such as word reading, reading comprehension, reading speed, math, writing and spelling. An assessment of intelligence is also a typical part of this type of evaluation. The testing determines whether an individual is on target in these areas. It can also determine whether a specific learning disability is present. This type of testing is not typically covered by medical insurance. 

Independent Medical Evaluations and Forensic Evaluations
Dr. Cirillo has a wide range of experience conducting Independent Medical Evaluations (IME’s) and forensic evaluations. These evaluations provide a comprehensive assessment of cognitive and psychological factors impacting the ability to function effectively. This type of evaluation can prove quite informative when there has been a neurological insult such as a traumatic brain injury and an objective assessment of the cognitive and functional effects is needed. A neuropsychological evaluation in this context provides an objective method for identifying areas of deficits that can impact vocational functioning in addition to providing critical information about the credibility of the clinical presentation and testing results.

A Note About Insurance Authorizations for Neuropsychological Evaluations
Due to its comprehensive nature, the testing is lengthy (typically from 3 to 8 hours of testing time in addition to scoring, interpretation and report writing) and insurance companies often only cover it for neurological conditions. Insurance companies do not cover educational testing. We are happy to add academic achievement testing to an evaluation, but you would have to pay privately. We will help you determine whether neuropsychological testing is a covered benefit under your plan and whether a neuropsychological evaluation will be authorized by your insurance provider.

CBH is pleased to offer psychiatric services for children and adolescents. Our psychiatrist Dr. Shukair is a highly skilled expert who understand what types of medications can help address various psychiatric symptoms and concerns. Dr. Shukair is a very kind and caring individual who sees children and adolescents in our Worcester location.