Psychological Evaluation Services

Personality, psychoeducational, neuropsychological and attention deficit disorder evaluation services are available. Each assessment is comprised of an interview and standardized testing designed to refine diagnosis and provide recommendations for treatment planning. Special authorization from insurance is typically required for these services.

Services are provided by licensed psychologists with specific expertise in these areas. At the completion of testing, a report is generated and feedback of the results and recommendations are provided. With permission of the client, family members and/or other interested parties are asked to attend interviews or feedback sessions.

Different types of evaluation are further described below.

Neuropsychological Assessment

Neuropsychological evaluation assists medical or mental health professionals diagnose or describe how a medical illness or physical trauma has affected a person's cognitive abilities, emotions and behavior and how these changes might change their ability to work, attend school, parent, develop and maintain relationships, or live independently. The abilities assessed include intelligence, problem solving, planning or organization, attention, memory, language, academic skills, visual-spatial abilities, motor skills and emotional functioning. An individual or family member may request an evaluation but most insurance companies require a prescription from the family doctor or medical specialist for maximum insurance coverage. The evaluation process begins with an interview and testing can take from 3 - 8 hours over the course of one or more sessions. Recommendations from this process are used to guide educational or vocational interventions and modifications, behavior management, psychotherapy, or medical management.

Psycho Educational Assessment

Psychoeducational evaluation provides information to help the person or another concerned party (parent, teacher, counselor, or physician) understand how to be successful in an academic or learning environment. Each evaluation is tailored to the specific needs of the individual but typically includes testing of cognitive ability, achievement, and information processing. "Cognitive ability testing" measures intelligence, or the basic ability to understand the world, assimilate its functioning, and apply this knowledge to enhance the quality of his or her life. "Achievement testing" helps to identify a person's strengths and difficulties in particular academically-based areas such as reading, math, and written language. "Information processing testing" is composed of several brief subtests that measure the effectiveness of a person's intake of information (such as by visual or auditory means) or output of information (such as by written or spoken means). If the individual being testing is still enrolled in elementary, middle, or high school, information is frequently sought from his or her teachers in order for the most comprehensive interventions to be developed.

Attention Deficit Disorder Assessment

Evaluation of problems related to poor attention/concentration and difficulty keeping one's life in order includes an extensive history of past and current functioning as well as tests designed to evaluate attention/concentration, memory, and information processing. Personality, mood and cognitive ability testing may be included depending upon the questions being answered and the problems reported by a client. ADD/ADHD rating scales are typically completed by the client and another concerned party (for example, parent or spouse) to determine the full range of symptoms and the impact that symptoms are having on daily life.

Personality Assessment

A personality assessment is comprised of one or more standardized tests to evaluate different aspects of perception, mood, and emotional coping style. A combination of various objective and projective testing instruments are used to answer the referral question. "Objective" measures refer to instruments that inquire about the perspectives and observations that are consciously accessible to the individual completing the form and typically involve a true/false, multiple choice, or Likert scale format. "Projective" measures refer to instruments that are more open-ended and inquire about the individual's interpretation of the stimuli.