Forensic Consultation

Forensic Consultation

Dr. Joette James provides forensic consultation within the SOAR Program. Forensic consultation brings to bear psychological expertise as it relates to comprehensive preparation of a client’s case in civil or criminal legal proceedings. The forensic consultant is an active member of the client’s team, attending team meetings, collaborating with other experts on the case, reviewing documents, and when appropriate, meeting the client and attending hearings. The activities of a forensic consultant include, but are not limited to:
 
• Reviewing documents and psychological data for the purpose of mitigation and further development of the case
• Assisting in the development of legal strategy as it relates to psychological factors and specific diagnostic criteria (e.g., IQ data in Atkins intellectual disability cases)  
• Identifying and assisting in the selection of additional content experts (e.g. related to trauma, substance abuse, unusual medical or genetic conditions)
• Preparing witnesses (including content experts with limited experience in the forensic arena) for direct and cross-examination
• Managing behavioral, cognitive, and emotional challenges experienced by the client
• Strengthening the team’s relationship with the client
• Assisting the team in addressing the role of cultural factors
 
Dr. James also provides peer consultation to support other psychologists and neuropsychologists within the field. This service is particularly helpful to those just beginning on the forensic path.

 

Some reasons you might seek therapy include:

  • Anxiety, fearfulness, and/or worry
  • Feelings of sadness, depression, and/or low self-esteem
  • Drop in work performance and/or decreased motivation
  • Loss of appetite, interest in activities, and/or increased exhaustion
  • Unexplained physical complaints
  • Struggles with friendships and/or loneliness/isolation
  • Marital or romantic relationship stress and/or distress
  • Pregnancy loss and/or difficulty conceiving
  • Post-Partum distress (Anxiety, Depression, Attachment, etc.)
  • Poor work/life balance
  • Poor parenting skills
  • Angry outbursts
  • Changing moods and/or excessive irritability
  • Poor body image
  • Self-harming thoughts, talk, and/or behaviors
  • Struggles with gender or sexual identity (we are LGBTQ+ affirmative)
  • Attention concerns
  • Distress related to world events
  • Poor coping and/or adaptive skills
  • Big changes, transitions, trauma, or losses
  • Confusion about your path in life
  • Family difficulties, diagnoses, and/or conflicts
  • A recent mental health, attentional, ASD, and/or learning diagnosis

If you are not sure whether therapy is the answer, please call us. We’ll meet for intake, or for a ‘next steps’ consultation based on our preliminary discussion, to help you determine the best way to move forward.  

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