17 Nov 2019
Forensic Services
Dawn Lanaville, Ph.D.:

Dr. Lanaville is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in Virginia and North Carolina. She provides a variety of forensic services, for criminal and civil matters, as well as clinical Psychology testing.

Dr. Lanaville obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, an American Psychological Association accredited program. For the past 22 years, Dr. Lanaville’s work experience has spanned the criminal justice and psychology fields, including probation & parole, court testimony, forensic and clinical psychology evaluations, individual & group treatment, and rehabilitation.

Forensic Services

Individuals may be court-ordered for an evaluation, or may choose to seek testing in the context of a court case. Examples include personal injury, trauma and abuse, custody and parental capacity, sex offender, parental alienation, mental competency, competency to stand trial, and other evaluations intended to assist the Court in determining sentencing, recommendations and compensation.

Dr. Lanaville’s forensic services are provided on a self-pay basis only. Court-ordered evaluations or evaluations needed for forensic (court-related) purposes are determined on a case-by-case basis, and a free initial, half-hour consultation will be provided to assess each client’s specific needs.

Clinical Psychology Testing

Dr. Lanaville also provides Clinical psychology testing services on a self-pay basis only. However, unlike forensic evaluations, her clinical psychology testing fees may be reimbursed by your insurance, if you have out-of-network benefits. For example, personal injury, mental competency, trauma/abuse, and disability evaluations for military service members may be covered as an out-of-network insurance benefit.

Clinical psychology testing provides parents, teachers, therapists and physicians with valuable information for educational and treatment planning. Psychological evaluations assesse cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning and provide diagnostic impressions and comprehensive treatment recommendations.

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16 May 2017
Parenting Skills

Parenting Skills

We recognize that parents are the primary teachers in their children’s lives and play a critical role in their children’s development. Unfortunately, the vast majority of parents are not given any formal training in effective parenting, at home or in school, especially when it comes to children with special needs. We help children by involving their parents in treatment planning and ongoing therapy, especially when the child is young or when behavior problems are the target of treatment. We rely on empirically-supported treatment models for child behavior problems, which include:


We teach parents how to reinforce desired behaviors (and stop reinforcing undesirable behaviors), by changing their own (often automatic) responses. Much emphasis is placed on the following:

· Effective Discipline Techniques
· Labeled Praise
· Planned Ignoring
· Structured Household Rules


· Problem-Solving and Conflict-Resolution Skills (Primarily for Adolescents)
· Assertive Training and Communication Skills

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15 May 2017
Testing and Evaluation
Psychological Testing

The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center offers a variety of psychological testing services, for children, adolescents, and adults. A psychological evaluation is a great way to gather a lot of information in a short period of time, which provides therapists with insight into a client’s personality functioning early in the therapy process. A psychological evaluation assesses social, emotional, and behavioral functioning and provides diagnostic impressions and comprehensive treatment recommendations.

We also provide evaluations for ADHD, learning disabilities and requests for accommodations for students in school or taking college entrance exams. These evaluations assess cognitive potential (IQ), academic achievement, and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. We provide a comprehensive report that will meet documentation requirements for secondary schools, university disability services offices, and the College Board. Physicians and insurance companies often request an ADHD evaluation for the initial diagnosis, to document the need for medications, as well as yearly updates.

We also provide psychological evaluations for clients who are undergoing bariatric surgery.

Insurance Coverage and Our Fees: Most psychological evaluations are covered by insurance, although there may be some limitations. Our office staff will be happy to work with you to determine your responsibility for the cost of these evaluations. An estimated cost will be given at the initial appointment and a retainer is typically required.

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15 May 2017
Pain and Chronic Illness

Coping with Pain, Physical Disability
and Chronic Illness

After being injured or receiving a disturbing diagnosis, many adults are flooded with negative emotions: shock, denial, despair, anger, self-pity, uncertainty, worthlessness, uselessness, helplessness, loneliness, loss, guilt, vulnerability, and fear. Without psychological help, these emotions may persist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, with its emphasis on teaching positive, flexible thinking and motivating healthy behaviors, is uniquely well-suited to examining the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of these adults and transforming their emotional suffering into psychological growth.

If you’re a recently diagnosed adult, you may be overwhelmed with your many tasks:

· Understanding your diagnosis and prognosis

· Adjusting to treatment routines

· Acquiring adaptive equipment

· Modifying or changing your residence

· Adjusting family and work roles to your new capabilities, or to accommodate fatigue or a personal attendant

Even if you’ve been coping with the same physical challenges for many years, you might never have achieved a positive outlook, with a sense of optimism; hope for medical advances, cure, or remission; and valuing of remaining assets. Self-acceptance, serenity, and a sense of personal control are often attainable.

If your life expectancy is short, you may wish to focus on grieving losses, accepting death, healing conflicted relationships, leaving a positive legacy, and preparing others for their loss.

Counseling at Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center can help you achieve psychological goals such as to:
· Accept your new body and capabilities

· Maintain or enhance your sense of self-worth, basing it on unchanged qualities

· Replace shame with pride in your resilience, emotional courage, effort, and creativity

· Find positive new meaning, purpose, and goals

· Live fully despite uncertainty

· Manage stigma and overcome stereotypes

· Enhance assertiveness and activism

· Improve family connections

· Enlarge your social network to include those with similar challenges

· Resolve conflicts over dependency

· Revise the gifts you give to/get from others

· Minimize negative emotions

· Generate the energy, perseverance, and determination to persevere

· Find the flexibility and creativity to accomplish tasks in innovative ways

Thus, you’ll be empowered to live
your best possible life!

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