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.