Ryan Passarelli, MA, NCSP, LPC

Rhode Island College
M.A. Counseling
C.A.G.S. School Psychology
CT Licensed Professional Counselor
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Ryan is a school psychologist and licensed professional counselor. He has experience providing counseling and psycho-educational evaluations with a variety of children, adolescents, and individuals. Ryan takes a strength-based approach, looking at ways to utilize and develop what is going well while building on any challenges that may be interfering with life, school, family, or employment goals. He believes in the importance of a strong, genuine, and trusting relationship between the client and therapist. Some areas that Ryan often address are issues related to anxiety, school refusal, depression, behavioral dysregulation, relationship challenges, ADHD, autism, coping and problem-solving skills, sexuality, and trauma.

Ryan also offers tailored, comprehensive assessments of school children and individuals to test capability in many areas including academic and cognitive ability, memory, executive functioning, adaptive skills, social skills, and emotional concerns. Ryan values the importance of an individualized evaluation that leads to a clear understanding of its outcome and useful, creative recommendations. He provides individual, family, and school consultation as needed to maintain ongoing communication, transference of strategies, and commonality of approaches.

Psycho-Educational Services

at  Key Therapy

Why conduct a private evaluation?

  • A private evaluation provides an opportunity to do everything you can to help your child grow, learn, and develop to their highest capacity. Our psycho-educational evaluations help fully investigate and learn unique strengths and challenges, giving you clarity and understanding as to why certain behaviors occur.  Combined psychological and educational assessment gives a more complete picture of the individual. I provide customized evaluations that assess areas including academic ability, cognitive ability, memory, executive skills, adaptive skills, emotional and behavioral regulation, learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, autism and more.

What is the overall goal of an evaluation?


  • The overall goal of all evaluations is to meaningfully select assessments and review testing outcome to develop creative recommendations that will assist individuals in reaching their full potential. This includes supportive consultation with families, school personnel and other professionals, if requested, so that there is a detailed understanding of how to use the results to inform interventions and supports. 

How can psycho-educational assessment help my child?

  • An extensive array of performance, rating scale, and interview measures are available to narrowly target strengths and challenges, and break down skill sets within areas like executive functioning, attention, and specific learning needs. The thorough evaluation of these skill sets is what is often needed to get at the core of challenges.

  • The assessment can answer questions regarding if a learning, intellectual, social, behavioral, or emotional disability exists, provides a formal diagnosis when appropriate, and aligns with classifications for services used in schools. This helps better inform interventions that would benefit an individual in school and at home.

  • The assessment helps to provide more information for concerns around special education and 504 plan eligibility and services, planning for transition from grade levels, high school to college, training programs, or employment, and establishes the need for formal accommodations granted on SAT’s, ACT’s, etc. The assessment can also provide the documentation colleges require to provide certain accommodations for students with disabilities including extra time, note taking support, and alternative test taking locations.

  • The assessment also helps to identify your child's learning skills and styles that work best so that their strengths can be engaged most effectively. I give recommendations for interventions within various environments for families and school staff, while providing strategies for the child. Each are essential to long-term change and growth.

What is the evaluation and assessment process?

  1. Initial free confidential consultation

  2. Determination of needs, evaluation purpose, questions, and goals

  3. An agreed upon established timeline to complete testing

  4. A comprehensive report of results and recommendations reviewed

  5. Consultation, when desired, provided to school and medical professionals

  6. A follow-up consultation at an agreed upon time after the date of the evaluation to review recommendation progress


What are my assessment plan options?


Three types of evaluation options are offered to help identify the target outcome of the assessments:

Basic: General evaluation mostly consisting of cognitive capability and achievement testing, interview data, review of applicable data, and consultation.

Standard: All components listed above and more specific evaluation to determine if a disability exists such as ADHD, learning/dyslexia. Others areas of functioning will be screened but targeted areas are tested completely.  

Comprehensive: Assessing all areas of functioning, adding performance tests for memory, attention, executive functioning, learning, visual motor, interviews and review of available data.

What are the costs?

  • We offer very competitive pricing however the costs vary depending on the type of plan you choose. To learn more about fees or to schedule a consultation call 203-261-7090. We will develop a plan specifically tailored to your child so that you only pay for what you need.