Psychological Assessment

Psychological Assessment

My private practice is in Berkeley, CA. I am an out-of-network provider which means I am not a member of insurance panels. I can provide you with a bill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You will want to consult with them to understand your coverage benefits and the amount your insurance will cover for out-of-network providers.

What is Psychological Assessment?

Psychological assessment (sometimes referred to as testing) can serve a number of purposes including clarifying diagnosis, guiding treatment such as psychotherapy or obtaining educational accommodations. The results obtained in testing can provide a clearer picture of a person’s strengths and needs and use these to offer specific recommendations. You can find more information about assessment here.

Areas of Expertise

I provide psychological testing services for children and adults. I offer assessments for the following concerns:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Specific Learning Disorders including: reading (dyslexia), math (dyscalcula), and written expression
  • Mood and anxiety disorders including: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorder.
  • Social-emotional functioning and personality development

Approach to Assessment

I adopt a collaborative approach to assessment. This begins with meeting with the the client to identify their questions for the assessment. Identifying these questions will guide the selection of psychological assessments that can help to answer them. At the end of the testing process, the caregiver(s) and the child / adolescent, will receive feedback explaining the results of assessment, providing answers to the initial questions, and specific recommendations for next steps.

Assessment Tools

Once I consult with a client, I then draft a plan for the assessment, which includes the referral questions and the tests I recommend to answer them. An assessment may include one or more of the following:

  • Clinical interview of the client: interviews help to gather information about the client’s history and how they are doing now.
  • Self-report measures: These questionnaires gather information about specific behaviors symptoms and supplement clinical interviews with quantitative data.
  • Cognitive testing: Standardized tests, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children (WISC-V), provide data to better understand a person’s intellectual functioning, cognitive strengths, and possible impairments.
  • Neuropsychological testing: These include tests of executive functioning including attention, flexible thinking, planning / organization, fluency with words and shapes, switching, and inhibiting impulsive behaviors.
  • Social-Emotional testing: I use projective measures (Rorschach, Children’s Apperception Test, e.g.) to better understand a person’s experience of themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.

Types of Assessments

Many plans for assessment have features in common. For example, most assessment plans will include cognitive testing and an assessment for ADHD will almost always include some form of neuropsychological testing. However, each assessment plan is somewhat different and depends on the appropriateness of a test for a particular individual, the goal of the assessment, and whether results are conclusive or inconclusive. It is important to discuss the plan (and cost) for an assessment before beginning testing. While each evaluation is different, my assessments typically fall into the following categories:

Standard Evaluation: This testing serves as a psychological workup, or snapshot of a person’s functioning. The evaluation includes a clinical interview, self-report measures, cognitive (IQ) testing, screening for academic achievement / learning disorder, screening for inattention / executive dysfunction, and the Rorschach. It is best suited for therapists or parents seeking a general picture of a person’s functioning or for individuals who would like to screen for learning or neuropsychological difficulties before committing to a comprehensive evaluation. If the standard evaluation identifies areas for further testing, clients may complete follow-up testing to address these.

Comprehensive Evaluation: This evaluation typically includes all components of the standard evaluation but provides more in-depth testing of learning and executive function. This testing is best suited for those who are seeking educational accommodations or who want to confirm / rule-out a diagnosis of ADHD or specific learning disorder (dyslexia, dyscalcula, written expression).

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