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Martinez psychologist moves to larger facility

Posted: February 19, 2012 - 1:06am
Dr. Maria Gangarosa-Emerson (left) visits with chamber president Tammy Shepherd during the grand opening of Gangarosa-Emerson's new facility on Baston Road. The psychologist's new, larger office will offer diagnostic neuropsychological testing as well as other services for children.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Dr. Maria Gangarosa-Emerson (left) visits with chamber president Tammy Shepherd during the grand opening of Gangarosa-Emerson's new facility on Baston Road. The psychologist's new, larger office will offer diagnostic neuropsychological testing as well as other services for children.

A Martinez psychologist has taken her services down the street to a larger facility.

Dr. Maria Gangarosa-Emerson recently moved her practice from Furys Ferry Road to 302 Baston Road, nearly doubling her office size to 2,500 square feet.

The additional space is needed as Gangarosa-Emerson is bringing seven associates with her to the new building.

Gangarosa-Emerson, who currently sees about 100 patients, said she and her partners work primarily with children who have disruptive emotional and behavioral problems, such as depression and anxiety.

Trauma evaluation is now available for victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

“Most people come in and there are some difficulties perhaps in school or daily living,” said Gangarosa-Emerson, who got her doctorate with an emphasis in child neuro-
psychology at the University of Georgia. Gangarosa-Emerson said she uses a patient’s strengths to help them address their weaknesses.

Treatment, which can include neurofeedback and other screenings, can begin after those weaknesses are identified through testing.

Therapy services also are offered at Gangarosa-Emerson’s office, which includes rooms for therapy and clinical testing in addition to “play therapy” testing areas.

“I just enjoy when someone can finish through the course of therapy and they’re just doing really well, functioning like they should be,” Gangarosa-Emerson said.

At the new location, Gangarosa-Emerson has also brought in educational advocates to help parents understand their children’s needs and how to navigate within the school system.

“We’re hoping to have some educational seminars where people can come and learn more about learning disabilities and special needs in the schools,” she said.

For information about Gangarosa-Emerson’s practice, call (706) 447-8700 or visit www.childneuropsychology.info.

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