Testing for personality, mood, psycho-educational, and cognitive issues
Are you a college student, worried that you’ve gone undiagnosed with ADHD/ADD or a learning disability since childhood?
Are you a therapist, unsure how to diagnosis or help a client you’re working with?
Are you a parent, concerned that your teenager’s difficulties with school or friends may be more complex than you first realized?
Are you a lifelong learner, wanting to know more about yourself?
I provide psychological testing services for individuals in adolescence through adulthood. Each assessment is tailored to address the client's specific needs and concerns, and includes a comprehensive report with treatment recommendations. A psychological evaluation can provide valuable information about your strengths and weaknesses, yield diagnostic information, and lead to recommendations for educational and/or treatment planning.
Possible Reasons for Psychological Evaluations:
Diagnosis (i.e., psychodiagnostic testing)
Do your symptoms or pattern of functioning meet criteria for one or more diagnoses (e.g., ADHD, depression) based on standards in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)? Discovering this will help with treatment and other recommendations, especially if it seems like your struggles could be described by more than one diagnosis. I specialize in personality functioning and adult ADHD evaluations.
It can be difficult to not understand yourself! What are your strengths and weaknesses regarding cognitive abilities? What type of learner are you? What are your patterns in relationships? How do you feel about yourself? By simply learning these things about yourself, you may be able to adapt better in your current life situations. Additionally, learning these things can inform concurrent psychotherapy or other treatment.
Accommodations or Disability
Does your functioning qualify you for accommodations in your school or work environment based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Examples of accommodations may include extra time on exams or a quiet work environment. Your struggles with depression, trauma, or psychosis may also qualify you for a leave of absence so that you can get the help you need before returning to work or school. Psychiatric disabilies are often misunderstood, and it is important to seek the best support despite fear of discrimination.
Many psychologists utilize psychological information gained through testing to inform treatment. This includes accurate diagnosing, choosing appropriate evidenced-based treatment, integrating effective interventions (e.g., behavioral strategies), and even help setting appropriate goals for growth. Thus, sometimes another mental health provider will refer someone to a psychologist for testing to help with the treatment of their client.
Would your current symptoms be relieved through medication? While I cannot perform a medication evaluation, psychological assessment will help determine if this is a recommended next step and I can provide a referral to an appropriate psychiatric provider.
Typical Process of Assessment
45 to 90 minutes | Assessment Rate
Prior to your first appointment, you will be provided with a packet of background information to fill out. This must be completed before your first appointment, as I use this information to create a personalized interview to gather clinical information. In this first session, I will follow up on certain questions to get a comprehensive understanding of your concerns, your history, and your goals for testing. I'll use all this information to determine which assessment measures we will complete.Schedule a consultation
4 to 15 hours | Assessment Rate
In the second step of the assessment process, I obtain objective and qualitative data about you, your behavior, and your functioning. I may also request to speak with one person who knows you well (i.e., your informant) to get another perspective on some of your concerns. The objective data compares your behavior to other people your age to determine your reported symptoms and behavioral functioning styles. It also assesses your cognitive strengths/weaknesses and your personality functioning so we get a comprehensive understanding of you as an individual. Depending on your referal question, this can include several testing sessions to evaluate your mood, personality functioning, cognitive ability (i.e., IQ testing), neuropsychological functioning (i.e., attention, memory, and impulsivity), and/or academic functioning (reading, writing, mathematics).
3 to 12 hours | Assessment Rate
During the third step, I evaluate all assessment and testing data to develop a profile for you that highlights your functioning in the following areas: mood, cognition, and interpersonal. This will help determine if your profile meet criteria for a specific mental health disorder while providing a descriptive conceptualization of how you think, feel, and interact with others. While developing your profile, I review all testing data gathered from the clinical interview, behavioral observation, objective and performance data gathered from you, and the objective data from your informant. The information gathered will be developed into an written report of assessment findings along with diagnostic and treatment recommendations.Schedule a session
Results and Recommendation Session
45 minutes | Assessment Rate
Upon finalizing your profile and report, I will meet with you to deliver a written report of findings and explain your testing results. You will have time to ask questions and gain insight into my conceptualization of your results. I will provide you with several recommendations and point you to resources to gain specialized support. Recommendations may include pursuing individual or group therapy, meeting with a psychiatrist to determine suitability for medication services, and employing healthy lifestyle behaviors. We can also discuss how to seek support from your school or employer, and how to discuss what you learned about yourself with friends and family. This feedback session is typically 45 minutes and you receive a hard copy of the report.Learn more about psychotherapy
The assessment process is individualized per client based on the presenting concerns. Psychodiagnostic assessments typically require 5 hours of testing and include an interview and feedback session. Cognitive assessments (e.g., ADHD or learning disability) typically require 5 to 15 hours of testing and an additional 5 to 6 hours of scoring, interpreting, and integrating into a comprehensive report. The whole process can take anywhere between 10 days and 4 weeks from the first session to the feedback session. You will receive a signed copy of the report. See current fee schedule. Fees may be reimbursed by insurance.
Assessment measures can be incorporated in individual psychotherapy or couples therapy without participating in a comprehensive assessment. This can be a very effective in treatment and I may suggest this as a part of our initial work together. Please let me know if you are interested in these services.