Psychological testing is a process of understanding how a person thinks, learns, and feels. It is also helpful in gaining a more complete understanding of how a person interacts with and interprets the world. Psychological testing begins with an initial clinical interview collecting information about the patient’s health, behavioral, social, academic, and occupational backgrounds. Following the interview the nature and scope of the testing will be determined. During the testing process, a series of tests are given which measure all types of psychological functioning. Psychological testing can identify the presence of many conditions; ADHD, learning disabilities, mood and anxiety disorders, degenerative cognitive problems, to name just a few. Ultimately, the importance of psychological testing lies in it’s ability to help healthcare providers to more clearly understand what is causing the patient problems, so that an individualized treatment plan can be developed. After testing is completed a feedback session will be scheduled to discuss the results, diagnoses, and recommendations. The entire testing process can take anywhere from 3 to 10 hours, depending on the particular problem being evaluated.
Sometimes the exact nature of a psychological or emotional difficulty is challenging to assess through diagnostic interviews alone. A formal psychological assessment involves a battery of tests that can provide the treating clinician with invaluable information about the psychological structure, internal emotional life and cognitive style of the client. The report that comes with the assessment will be shared with the client and his or her therapists in a feedback session, and will provide recommendations for the direction and focus of therapy, as well as other support services. Psychological assessment can serve a number of useful purposes. Assessments are generally used for the purpose of making specific recommendations for what will help an individual’s current life and functioning. Recommendations often include information for the individual being tested, as well as others in his/her life, including therapeutic professionals, teachers, and significant people in his/her life.
When indicated, we offer comprehensive psychological evaluation and assessment services. Among the type of evaluations offered are psychological evaluation and testing, pyschoeducational and learning disability screening, intelligence testing (IQ), and current mental status evaluation for specialized needs of allied professionals.