As a licensed clinical psychologist, I offer assessment services for personality, mood, psycho-educational, and cognitive issues.
Possible Reasons for Psychological Evaluations:
Diagnosis (i.e., psychodiagnostic)
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 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.
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.