Frequently Asked Questions

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Initial consultations are typically scheduled for 45-50 minutes. During this time, we will discuss your concerns, pertinent medical history, and treatment options. If you choose to continue therapy, additional appointments will be scheduled. Therapy sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in length, but are scheduled for extended times if the circumstances warrant it.

Before an appointment is scheduled, I can review fees with you. In order to set realistic treatment goals, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for treatment. If you have health insurance, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. It is important that you carefully read the section of your insurance coverage booklet that describes mental health services so that you fully understand your insurance plan, including in-network and out-of-network benefits, deductibles and pre-authorization requirements. If you have questions about the coverage, call your plan administrator. Payment is due at the time of service, and I accept cash, checks, and credit cards. In families where parents do not share the same household, payment is the responsibility of the parent who accompanies the child to the appointment.

I’m a participating provider with several insurance plans. If you have insurance coverage with one of these plans, I will collect your co-payment at the time of service and file the balance with your insurance carrier. You will be notified of and responsible for paying any amount not covered, including deductibles. For all other plans, full payment is required at the time of service. Upon request, a billing statement will be provided for you to file directly with your insurance company for reimbursement.

I understand that illness and other unforeseen events are inevitable. If you need to cancel and/or reschedule your appointment, please call my office at least 24 hours before your scheduled time. Cancellations received with less than 24 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee.

After your initial consultation, I will review the testing process with you. A return appointment for your child to complete the testing, as well as a separate appointment for you to meet with me to review results, will be scheduled. CLICK HERE for more information about Psychological or Educational Testing.

I ordinarily conduct psychological testing in the morning in order to assess an individual’s abilities when he or she is most alert. While there may be some circumstances when after-school hours may be available, just as with other professional appointments, these testing visits will typically need to be scheduled during the school day. You should pre-arrange the absence with your child’s school; an absence slip can be provided if needed.

I do not prescribe medication. If medication is recommended, I can work closely with your physician to coordinate medication options and treatment.

Forensic Evaluation FAQs

Forensic psychological evaluations are frequently a critical element of legal defense in both criminal and civil matters. A forensic assessment can provide valuable information towards understanding the person who stands before the court, including a better understanding of family issues, personality variables, critical life experiences and psychological stress. The report may aid counsel in constructing the best legal arguments to be used in both trial and/or sentencing phases of legal proceedings. The report presents a comprehensive portrait of the person and allows the court to take into account extenuating and mitigating circumstances. Without an assessment, important psychological issues may not be identified, brought to the courts’ attention, and considered in terms of verdicts and/or sentencing.

It’s best to consult with your attorney. Explain your legal concerns and the facts related to your situation. Your legal counsel will be able to advise you as to whether or not a forensic evaluation is desirable. If one is recommended, it is important to allow me sufficient time for consultation, assessment, and documentation of findings in a formal report.

The forensic evaluation is designed to examine a wide array of experiences and issues within an individual’s life. The assessment attempts to obtain detailed information in order that a comprehensive report can be provided to your attorney. Specifically, forensic assessments usually include the following components: family of origin history, marital relationship history, early academic and social adjustment, educational history, work history, military history (if applicable), adult adjustment history, legal history, and medical and psychiatric history. The forensic examination usually includes an intensive clinical interview, psychological testing and personality assessment, and a comprehensive document review of any pertinent records (medical, employment, legal, etc.)

Forensic evaluations vary depending on the nature of the legal concerns, mental health history, and a variety of other issues. However, most assessments can be completed in two contact visits, each consisting of a minimum of a four-hour session. It is best to attempt to schedule the assessment on consecutive days. In most cases, it will be necessary to secure some legal history about the issue and review existing paperwork prior to conducting the assessment, as well as secure appropriate security clearance/authorization to enter a correctional institution or psychiatric hospital.

Forensic evaluations vary greatly in scope  and cost, and include consultation, test administration, scoring protocols, and report-writing. Depending on the complexity of the case, assessments can range anywhere from as little as $2000 to $8000 or more. However, I work with clients to determine a flat rate basis for the assessment so they know how much the assessment will cost before the process begins.

The results of the forensic evaluation are communicated through a formal psychological report. The report provides the basis of the findings, background pertinent to the case, complete history of the client, diagnosis/diagnoses, and how any psychological factors may be related to current civil or criminal legal matters. Reports are extremely detailed and require sufficient time to complete. The final report is then provided to the client’s attorney or the court.

No. The usual confidential relationship between client and the psychologist does not apply in matters of civil and criminal litigation. The report will be provided to your attorney. In turn, your attorney will most likely provide the results to other officers of the court.

Psychological Assessment FAQs

Psychological assessment involves integrating results from observation, interviews, psychological tests, and information from other sources. Ideally, a psychological assessment answers clients’ questions and points to the next steps to be taken.

The process of a psychological assessment with me will vary somewhat depending upon your concerns. For instance, a targeted evaluation or a more comprehensive one may be most appropriate for your questions and needs. We will discuss this further when you call to make an initial appointment and at our first meeting.

In most cases, my assessments involve an initial interview or interviews, followed by one or more testing and feedback sessions. I will select specific tests for you that will best address your particular concerns and questions. I will usually meet with you to complete some interactive testing, and I do this testing myself, rather than using an assistant. I will ask you to complete some questionnaires in my office, and occasionally, take something home to complete. In most cases, I will also review any relevant records that you have (such as previous testing or school progress reports). With your permission and if deemed appropriate, I will also talk to other people, such as therapists, teachers, doctors, and/or family members.

Research indicates that yes, psychological assessment is a useful way to understand people. In fact, research indicates that many commonly used psychological tests have comparable validity to well-established medical tests.

The total fee varies depending upon the nature of the evaluation services needed to meet each client’s specific needs. Most evaluations will cost between $1300 and $2500. Typically, in-office evaluations require approximately eight to ten hours of testing time in addition to the initial interview and feedback session, although some brief assessments will require fewer hours. School visits, interviewing collateral sources, and a document review are also often necessary. I’ll be able to provide you with a better estimate of the charges that will apply in your case after consulting with you about your specific needs.

I participate as an in-network provider for several insurance companies.

Please note that insurance plans almost always exclude coverage for certain types of services, even if you see an in-network provider. These exclusions can include, but are not limited to, academic achievement testing, assessment for personal growth unrelated to a DSM diagnosis, assessment related to child custody or other legal matters, assessment for career development, pre-surgical evaluations, and report-writing.

I accept cash and checks as payment.

After the psychological testing has been completed, I will meet with you for one or more feedback sessions to provide assessment results and recommendations, and I will provide a written report per our agreement. Follow-up consultations are also available where appropriate. And, with your permission and when we decide it will be helpful to you, I am available to collaborate with referring parties such as your therapist, your or your child’s school, your employer, and/or your doctor.

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In The Media / Jane Beresford, Psy.D.

E! Channel

E!Dr. Beresford provided psychological screenings and evaluations for “What’s Eating You?”, E! Channel’s reality show about extreme eating disorders. The series chronicled the lives of men and women whose very survival was at risk as they battled not only their distorted body images, but also self-created, life-threatening food rituals and compulsions.

Quoted in Books
Manopause: Your Guide To Surviving His Changing Life Dr. Beresford was interviewed by Lisa Friedman Bloch, co-author with Kathy Kirtland Silverman of “Manopause: Your Guide To Surviving His Changing Life” (Hay House, 2012), which explores how biological and psychological factors collide with the societal pressures men face, and provides advice on how women can help themselves and their men move through and enjoy this sometimes challenging phase. Dr. Beresford's experiences in working with couples during this transitional time are included in the book.
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