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What are psychological assessments?

It gathers information about how you think, feel, and behave. A psychological evaluation helps psychologists determine the exact nature of a person's mental illness. It is important to note that these evaluations are a way of helping you understand and manage any issues or symptoms that may be impacting your life and wellness. Most often, psychological evaluations help you and your psychologist come up with a treatment plan that addresses your current symptoms, relevant experiences, and concerns.

What are some common issues people request a psychological evaluation for?

Changes in mood

Nervousness/feeling anxious

Changes in eating and/or sleeping habits

Difficulty concentrating

Trouble performing tasks

Social withdrawal

Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy

Diagnostic Clarification

Personality Functioning

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)


Learning and Academic Problems

Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

What should I expect during a psychological evaluation?

Psychological evaluations look different for each person because I would choose tests and assessments that are specific to your needs based on the information you would provide to me. During a psychological evaluation, you will be asked to participate in a clinical interview, complete standardized testing and questionnaires. Sometimes, when appropriate, the process can involve observation of behavior and review of previous treatment and/or medical records.

How long does a psychological assessment take?

It depends on the nature of your complaints and concerns. However, it is important to keep in mind that it could take anywhere from one hour to several hours. Don't worry; this doesn't mean that it has to be done all in one day. The process of testing is tailored to your comfort level so if you need to take breaks throughout the day or spread out testing over several days, that's okay too.

Now that I'm done participating in a psychological evaluation, what happens next?

I would write a detailed report, including all information gathered during the clinical interview and record review, testing results and interpretation, and recommendations for treatment. Once the report is complete, I will provide you with a feedback session explaining the content of the report and discuss potential referrals and resources for treatment.

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