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Borderline Personality Disorder Assessment
Have you found yourself wondering... Do I have Borderline Personality Disorder?
Have you ever wondered why relationships seem so difficult? Perhaps you find yourself wondering, why do I push people away when I want them close? Do I have problems with abandonment? You might think to yourself – I’m tired of people always leaving me. Is it possible for me to have stable and healthy relationships? How can I stop feeling like I’m constantly misunderstood or rejected by others? …Am I unlovable?
Why do relationships have to be so hard?
Maybe you’ve been wondering your whole life whether borderline personality disorder might fit your experience. Perhaps others have also suggested this to you. However you’ve gotten here, you’ve come to the right place. Polaris Psychology offers comprehensive, psychological assessment, tailored to your unique needs and get the answers you need to move forward.
What is an assessment for borderline personality disorder?
A psychological evaluation for borderline personality disorder is a thorough, comprehensive psychological assessment designed to understand your individual circumstances and determine whether you meet diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder.
This is a comprehensive evaluation administered by a highly qualified clinical psychologist with expertise in personality disorders, trauma, and relational trauma. The main goal is to gain a profound understanding of an individual’s personality, behaviors, and overall psychological well-being in the context of borderline personality disorder.
Could it be something other than borderline personality disorder?
Like with all formal comprehensive psychological evaluations, there is overlap between the diagnosis in question (Borderline Personality Disorder) and other diagnoses with similar features. This is what makes our practice’s evaluations comprehensive. We assess whether your experience is best captured by the diagnosis/diagnoses in question or if there are other diagnostic labels that could better describe things. There are many things that can overlap with borderline personality disorder, or co-occur. Our evaluations will look at the many different puzzle pieces of your life to help best determine whether it is borderline personality disorder.
Borderline Personality Disorder assessments to fit your unique journey
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Where does the assessment happen?
At our practice, we go above and beyond to ensure your borderline personality disorder evaluation experience is both seamless and tailored to your needs. We understand that distance can be a barrier. That’s why we offer the flexibility of traveling to a location near you, bringing our expertise right to your doorstep. But that’s not all – we also want to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. That’s why we’ve made parts of the assessment, such as the comprehensive intake and feedback session, available for remote participation, so you can complete them from the comfort of your own home. With our commitment to accessibility and convenience, your path to understanding and support becomes that much smoother.
The Borderline Personality Disorder Assessment Process
Step 1: Reach out today to book a free 15-minute consultation
Begin with a free 15-minute consultation focused on the nuances of borderline personality disorder assessment. Schedule a time to discuss if our assessment services can meet your specific needs. Click here to schedule some time on my calendar today.
Step 2: Begin the assessment process.
The assessment process starts with an in-depth exploration of your personal narrative and current circumstances. This complete examination is key to understanding if your experiences align with borderline personality disorder criteria.
Step 3: Complete the testing.
You will participate in diverse testing methodologies designed to evaluate your emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal dynamics. These tests are crucial for a nuanced understanding of personality functioning.
Step 4: Synthesized data with expert insight.
The information gathered from your assessments is meticulously compiled and analyzed. This step highlights the importance of having a highly trained psychologist to interpret the complex data. (See more in the FAQ Section below)
Step 5: Meet for a feedback session with Dr. Amanda Mead.
We’ll sit down to review the assessment report and discuss the implications of the findings. This meeting is a chance for you to gain a clearer picture and ask questions about the next steps in managing or treating borderline personality disorder.
Step 6: Discover your strengths
Finalize your assessment by discovering your distinct strengths and areas for growth. Dr. Mead is prepared to communicate your assessment results to other healthcare professionals to ensure a smooth transition and comprehensive care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical psychologists specializing in psychological assessment possess unique, extensive experience, rigorous training, and ongoing supervision, making them uniquely qualified to conduct formal psychological evaluations. Unlike a cursory understanding gained from a brief workshop, these professionals have dedicated years at the highest level of psychological training to mastering the intricate nuances involved in interpreting diverse data gathered during the assessment. Their expertise enables them to analyze and synthesize complex information, draw accurate conclusions, and provide comprehensive insights into an individual’s psychological functioning. Trusting a clinical psychologist for a formal psychological evaluation ensures that the assessment is conducted with the highest level of professionalism, expertise, and ethical standards, resulting in accurate and meaningful findings that can guide treatment decisions and foster personal growth.
You are worth the investment.
A comprehensive psychological evaluation for borderline personality disorder is an investment of time, energy, and money. The cost for a $6,985, which covers the cost of the clinical interview, testing, the comprehensive written report, and the feedback session.
Investing in a comprehensive psychological evaluation for borderline personality disorder is a valuable tool that can support your mental health journey by providing professional analysis. Our comprehensive assessments allow for the considerable complexity that often develops in the assessment process and can adapt with you in examining your unique qualities.
Psychological assessment can also help you identify in a comprehensive, in-depth way what your strengths and weaknesses are, what your challenges are, and how to most effectively help you overcome your challenges, without the years of trial and error.
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations are also an investment on my end as a testing psychologist. I bring all of my training, experience, heart, and soul to thoroughly investigate your experience and your story, carefully documenting it all in one comprehensive report. As I wholeheartedly dedicate myself to delivering these evaluations, I kindly ask for your reciprocal commitment and investment.
In order to best serve you and your unique needs for a psychological assessment, we are not currently accepting insurance. By not accepting insurance, we are able to fully invest our time, energy, training, and expertise in best serving and understanding you and your unique needs without limitation. This means we can spend however much time might be needed to best evaluate, understand, and provide for you.
Depending on your personal preferences and insurance plan, you may be able to use your insurance provider to pursue full or partial reimbursement for our services as an “out-of-network provider”. We can provide you with documentation to seek reimbursement for these assessments.
The assessment process encompasses structured interviews, a battery of standardized tests, and systematic observations specifically tailored to assess key aspects of borderline personality disorder, including social communication skills, emotional regulation, personality features, impulse control, and global functioning.
The assessment process is designed to provide in-depth insights into an individual’s unique profile and whether it aligns with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, identifying strengths and challenges. These findings serve as a foundation for tailored treatment planning, enabling the development of individualized recommendations and strategies aimed at improving overall well-being and personal growth, whether it is within the context of borderline personality disorder or other diagnoses that may better capture one’s experience and presentation.
Ultimately, this formalized borderline personality disorder psychological assessment serves as a critical tool to enhance our understanding of an individual’s specific needs, enabling informed decisions and interventions to support mental health and quality of life.
Consider bringing something to drink and eat. As testing is several hours long, we want you to be comfortable throughout this process!
Possibly. Psychological assessments are focused on evaluating you and finding the best ways to describe what is happening in your life. This often does involve finding a diagnosis or diagnoses that best capture your experience. However, it is important to consider that evaluations are focused on evaluating you and if fitting, giving you a diagnosis. A diagnosis is not guaranteed, but they are often a product of an evaluation.
Typically, the report is finalized within four weeks after our final meeting.
A Note on Borderline Personality Disorder
This practice has deep respect for all individuals and their unique challenges. It is crucial to understand the journey that leads an individual to a personality disorder diagnosis, as it is through this pathway that we can gain a better understanding of the individual through a trauma-informed lens. We have great compassion for these individuals and their journey to healing.
Individuals who meet criteria for personality disorders have a journey that often begins with differences in temperament and nervous system. Over the course of their life, they long for what all children long for – love, safety, and connection. They likely then experience adversity and chronic misattunement, where they were unable to have many of their needs met. To cope, the individual will often come up with very creative, innovative ways to manage these needs and fears (such as dissociating, amplifying emotions so others can notice them, etc.) These coping skills kept the individual alive and safe and brought them to where they are now. Now that life is different, these coping skills are no longer needed. They may in fact now be getting in the way. There may be a disconnect between being ready to develop new skills while one’s body and heart may feel stuck wanting to use the same familiar old skills. When an individual’s personality becomes stuck, informed by old feelings, coping strategies, and traumatic experiences, this is what we consider and understand to be a personality disorder.