Assessment

Psychological Evaluation:

Psychological evaluations are designed to identify the cause of symptoms, determine correct diagnosis, and the proper course of treatment. When an individual is having emotional, behavioral, or social problems, it may be due to a stressor, family or environmental issues, or a psychological disorder, such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD or another mood disorder.

Psychological tests are utilized to help identify the presence and severity of a range of symptoms and their fit with the diagnostic criteria of various psychological conditions. Psychological testing is particularly helpful in differentiating between similar diagnoses or determining the presence of comorbid (multiple) diagnoses. Psychological testing is used with adults and children. After testing is completed results are discussed and you will be provided with a comprehensive explanation of the results and recommendations during a feedback session. A written report is also available upon request.

Common Conditions Assessed for in Psychological Evaluations:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychoeducational Evaluation:

Psychoeducational evaluations are designed to identify an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs that influence learning and academic performance.  Children and adults can benefit from an evaluation when they are experiencing challenges in school or work.  The evaluation can help to develop effective learning strategies and accommodations that can support academic and work performance.  Testing typically includes assessment of cognitive ability, academic achievement, as well as social/emotional functioning that can influence academic and work performance.  All evaluations are tailored to meet an individual’s needs and may include additional measures as needed.

Other Common Reasons for Psychoeducational Evaluations:

  • Identification of Learning Disabilities
  • Academic underachievement and eligibility for special education accommodations
  • College or graduate school learning support services eligibility
  • Eligibility for accommodations for standardized examinations, such as the SAT

After testing is completed results are discussed and you will be provided with a comprehensive explanation of the results and recommendations during a feedback session.  You will also receive a full written report.  Upon request, I will also consult with school personnel and will participate in school meetings.

ADHD Evaluation:

Symptoms of psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression, can cause difficulties with sustaining attention, motivation, and academic/work functioning.  A comprehensive evaluation is designed to differentiate ADHD from learning issues or other psychological conditions that can mirror the symptoms of ADHD and lead to misdiagnosis.   Evaluations commonly include an assessment of attention, executive functioning, social/emotional functioning as well as cognitive ability and brief screenings of academic skills as necessary.  Once testing is completed results are discussed and you will be provided with a comprehensive explanation of the results and recommendations during a feedback session.  You will also receive a full written report.  Upon request, I will also consult with school personnel and will participate in school meetings.

School Admissions Testing:


Cognitive ability/IQ testing is often required to be considered for private school admission.  Testing often includes administration of the WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, or WAIS-IV.  IQ testing can identify an individual’s strengths and weaknesses that influence learning and academic performance.  Following the testing a comprehensive verbal explanation of the results will be provided. A written report will be mailed to the parent and school, upon request.



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