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Educational Consulting

Our Mission

We understand that there are many reasons children, adolescents, and young adults don’t thrive in school, and fail to tap into their full potential to reach and launch into their social, academic, and vocational goals. We have found that part of the solution is first having a comprehensive understanding of your child’s strengths and challenges including any underlying causes to these challenges.

An evaluation that examines this can provide a life map to inform what specific services are needed to bridge the gap between your child’s current struggles and tailored academic and therapeutic services to meet his or her life goals.

Custom Comprehensive Evaluations

As preferred providers for pediatricians, schools, and the courts, we have completed hundreds of complex evaluations for the following conditions:

  • Recurring major depressive episodes
  • Manic and depressive mood swings
  • First psychotic breaks
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Excessive worry, anxiety, panic, and fear
  • Paranoia and thought disturbances
  • Social avoidance/relationship struggles
  • Poor life management skills, failure to launch, or other college and career set-backs and delays
  • Procrastination and self-sabotage
  • Drug and alcohol misuse

We are pleased to now provide educational consulting and advocacy to parents and their child, adolescent, and young-adult children who struggling to reach their full academic potential, despite interventions (e.g., counseling, medication, 504, IEP, etc.) received over time.


We take a two-pronged approach to addressing the mental health and educational needs of youth and adolescents. First, we conduct a comprehensive evaluation that covers the following areas:

1) Neuro-cognitive

2) Personality, behavior, and mood

3) Development

4) Family systems/Community

5) Vocational

6) Psychiatric

This helps identify any underlying mental health concerns and establish what services your child needs to best treat these. Second, we help connect your child, adolescent, and young adult with expert-based services to address the underlying problems.

On one end of the spectrum, this includes directly consulting with the school based professionals involved in your youth’s life including, if necessary, attending planning meetings to advocate for the services that your child needs, etc. On the other end of the spectrum, this includes facilitating educational placement and monitoring of your child over a 12-month period in a specialized academic/therapeutic program.


Step 1: Discover Potential

High school is an opportunity for academic, social and personal growth. Find out how to make the most of it.

Step 2: Explore Colleges

Choosing a college is one of the first major decisions a student will make. With over 4,000 colleges to consider, do you know what to look for?

Step 3: Showcase Strengths

The application process is your chance to showcase your strengths and demonstrate how you can contribute to a college campus.


The NW Family Psychology team brings a wealth of knowledge to the educational consulting process.

child forensic psychologistDr. Tutty has evaluated and treated over 1,000 children, adolescents, and young adults that have struggled with academic (e.g., learning disabilities, dyslexia), emotional (e.g., anxiety, depression), behavioral (e.g., oppositional defiance, borderline personality, psychosis), and neurological (e.g., cognitive decline, concussion) challenges since 1996.

In this capacity, Dr. Tutty has collaborated with wilderness treatment programs, therapeutic boarding schools, and residential care settings across the nation when traditional treatments (e.g., psychotropic medication, acute hospital stays) and services (e.g., counseling, tutoring, etc.) have failed.

Dr. Tutty has presented nationally and is published in peer reviewed journals (e.g., JAMA) in the areas of depression and ADHD. He is the clinical director of NW Family Psychology, Seattle, and is the co-founder of NW Educational Consulting, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Chaise Marie Gies, M.S., has worked in the psychology and military field for several years, ultimately earning a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Chaise’s clinical expertise provides her with a strong understanding of how individuals develop conditions, such as anxiety (e.g., PTSD, panic) and depression (e.g., bipolar illness, dysthymia), as well as the coping strategies (e.g., video games, substance abuse, procrastination, social avoidance, etc.) that often turns into rigid daily habits.

Chaise is passionate in working with struggling youth and young adults, and their families, in helping them unlock their true potential and apply it effectively over time. This often begins with the psychometric testing phase of our intake program, and Chaise plays an integral role in this step. In addition, Chaise provides ongoing weekly support to families and primary therapists from admission to graduation, as well as provides consultation to parents and their children on after-care steps to ensure the clinical gains continue across their development.

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