When it comes to having your child evaluated for a learning disability or mental health diagnosis, the most important thing is not to wait.Lost time can’t be made up, and the sooner you know what your child needs, the sooner you can get the right services in place.Although your child’s school may offer evaluation services, many parents prefer a private evaluation so they can maintain their privacy.
Our primary goal is to make the assessment process painless and collaborative, while still having you walk away with a report so authoritative, clear, and objective that it speaks for itself when it comes to advocating for your child’s needs!
Goldstein Therapy is pleased to offer educational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults (Yes, adults need evaluations sometimes too, to be eligible for accommodations at school or at work!).
Clinical, neuropsychological, and forensic evaluations are available as well.
So, whether you’re looking for clarity about whether your child has a learning disability and/or needs accommodations or an IEP assessment; trying to tease apart a complicated mental health issue in yourself, a family member, or a patient; or are wondering if your child is experiencing any adverse effects from family conflict, we can help with this. (And if you want a second opinion about what your child’s school is saying because you’re not sure you agree, well, we can do that too!)
Dr. Erik Dranoff is a licensed psychologist in New York (License Number: 021093-1) and New Jersey (License Number: 35SI00547000) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at William Patterson University. Dr. Dranoff is a graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, New York. After Dr. Dranoff earned his doctorate, he completed the postdoctoral fellowship at the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect within Hackensack Medical Center (i.e. Audrey Hepburn Children’s House) where he obtained specialized training in the area of forensic mental health assessment.
Dr. Dranoff’s private practice is primarily focused in conducting clinical evaluations, pediatric neuropsychological evaluations, and forensic evaluations for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Dranoff’s clinical and neuropsychological evaluations are referred for the purpose of differential diagnosis and treatment planning, which typically involves serving as a consultant for psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians to provide clarity about the reasons a patient has shown limited progress in treatment. His explanations of the findings in verbal feedback sessions and in the written reports are designed to be useful to the patients and their families as well as the mental health professionals who are providing the treatment.
Dr. Dranoff’s forensic practice is broad in scope and involves conducting a wide range of evaluations in criminal, civil, and family court proceedings. Although Dr. Dranoff conducts criminal responsibility and competency evaluations in criminal cases and personal injury, guardianship, and immigration hardship evaluations in civil cases, the majority of his cases are referred from family court. Dr. Dranoff is one of the forensic evaluators for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) where he conducts psychosocial evaluations of children and adolescents to obtain information about the extent that physical, sexual, or emotional abuse has contributed to their mental health, and parenting capacity evaluations to determine if an adult is able to provide a safe and stable environment for their child. Complementing his work in child protection, Dr. Dranoff regularly conducts court-appointed psychological evaluations, visitation risk assessments, and child custody evaluations to assist attorneys and judges in their decision-making process.
Complementing his clinical and forensic practice, Dr. Dranoff is committed to serving his professional community through teaching and mentoring future psychologists and devoting time to educating attorneys about mental health. To this end, Dr. Dranoff presents at New Jersey’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) and teaches a wide range of classes at Montclair State University.
To set up your evaluation, or for any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Dranoff using the contact info below (be sure to mention Goldstein Therapy when you speak with him):
Erik Dranoff, Ph.D
Phone: (973) 420-6782 | Fax: (973) 777-7731 Email: ErikDranoff@iCloud.com