What is psychological testing?
Psychological testing and evaluation (or psychological assessment) is a process used to better understand a person and their overall functioning. The process of testing can help provide diagnostic clarification, identify specific interventions and accommodations that can help improve
functioning and determine options for further treatment. All types of evaluations focus on identifying individual strengths and challenges and
can be used to better understand unique vulnerabilities and protective factors.
What does the evaluation process look like?
Comprehensive evaluations are usually completed within 2-4 sessions, depending on the purpose of the evaluation. All assessments begin with a clinical interview (or intake) to gather information about a client’s developmental history, current symptoms, previous interventions and evaluations. A specific set of assessments and tests are chosen for each individual and the plan and cost are reviewed with clients before testing
is scheduled. Once testing is completed, a feedback session is
scheduled to review the results and recommendations.
What should I tell my child about testing?
Please give your child an explanation about the day of testing ahead of
time but keep it simple and developmentally appropriate. Most young children can be told that they will be working with someone on academic tasks, as well as puzzles and game-like tasks to understand how they
How should I prepare for the evaluation (adults)?
It is important that you follow your typical routine (eating, sleeping, medication use) in preparation for test day. This allows the psychologist to assess how you function normally.
Do you take insurance?
Through our collaboration with Headway, we can now offer services to clients wishing to use their insurance benefits through the following providers: United Health Care and Aetna. Headway manages everything related to payments and insurance to make things as easy as possible for the provider and client.
If you are not insured by the aforementioned providers, we will be considered out-of-network and expect direct payment upon services rendered. Upon request, we will provide you with an itemized receipt (superbill with CPT codes listed) that you can use to file a claim with your insurance company. Most services provided by our office are insurance reimbursable through your out-of-network benefits. Please visit the Insurance and Fees page for more information.
Do you prescribe medication?
No. Licensed psychologists are qualified to do counseling and psychotherapy, perform psychological testing, and provide treatment for mental disorders. They are not, though, medical doctors. That means that, with the exception of a few states, psychologists cannot write prescriptions or perform medical procedures.