Psychological Assessment

What can a psychological assessment do for me?

You’re a complex human being who deserves highly individualized, personally tailored assessment to understand the many layers and facets of you. From concerns of a learning disorder, to questions about ADHD, to a need for evaluation for a bariatric evaluation, to clarifying diagnoses, psychological assessment can be uniquely tailored to focus on your questions and needs.
 
The assessment process meets with you, collects an intensive history administers research-backed assessment measures to collect comprehensive information about you, and puts all of this information together. It’s likely the most comprehensive evaluation that you’re able to receive in the healthcare system today. This process requires hours of an investment from a licensed, clinically trained psychologist, who will be thoughtfully, carefully, taking the necessary time to understand you and your unique needs. 

How is this different from seeing a psychiatrist or primary care doctor?

Due to the many constraints of our health care system, psychiatrists and primary care doctors will have limited opportunity to spend with you. If you’re lucky, you may get an hour of their time, but most likely, you will have less. In less than an hour, these individuals do their best with very limited information (mostly self-report data from you) to assess, evaluate, and describe your experience in the form of a diagnosis and attempt to give you a treatment plan. 
 
A one hour appt simply can’t provide the level of detail offered by a comprehensive, complex, assessment. Psychologists like us specialize in administering assessments like these, spending hours, weeks, and sometimes months working to understand you and how to help you heal most effectively. 
You deserve the time and attention that an assessment can offer.
Often people don’t know psychological assessment is an option, choosing a short appointment because they hope it will yield long term results. As opposed to a short standalone appointment, a psychological assessment conducted by a trained psychologist can help you understand yourself in depth and point you in the direction of long-term healing; bypassing much of the trial and error of psychiatric medication or starting psychotherapy without a plan or direction. 

Psychological assessment can help you gain clarity

It’s possible to get answers. Imagine a life where you could…

  • Figure out who you are and what direction to go in next.
  • Gain a greater understanding of yourself and those you choose to share yourself with.
  • Create a more meaningful life based on who you are and what you desire.

Psychological assessment is psychological testing conducted by a highly-trained clinical psychologist. Evaluations can be comprehensive or specific, but tend to include an in-depth clinical interview, in addition to the administration of various testing measures.

As a result, these tests can: assist adults seeking mental health treatment, adolescents with behavioral and emotional challenges, to identify learning disorders, clarify diagnoses, help guide ongoing supportive treatment or accommodations, evaluate the origins of challenges with work, school, or relationships, to name a few.

Selecting which measures that will be administered will be determined based on client need. Some of the possible areas these measures can evaluate include cognitive abilities, academic abilities, personality, behavioral functioning, attentional abilities, and emotional functioning.

Psychological testing typically consists of 1-3 sessions to administer necessary measures, complete an in-depth interview, and collect necessary history. These sessions tend to be several hours in length and vary based on need. In addition to listening, I will provide guidance based on my experience and share what the science tells us about what’s going on for you, I play an active role. Here’s how it will work step-by-step:

  1. First, we will provide a safe, accepting space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with us.
  2. Through hearing your story, we will start to get a picture of what your challenges are. We will collect a comprehensive history of what brought you to seeking an evaluation, areas of concern, family history, etc.
  3. Based on your areas of concern and focus for the evaluation, assessment measures will be uniquely selected. These measures will collect various types of data to tell us more about you in various ways (how you think, feel, pay attention, etc.)
  4. We will administer these measures and collect relevant data from outside perspectives (parents, teachers, spouses, colleagues) to attempt to give us a full picture of you.
  5. We will take all this information and put it together, piece by piece, compiling the data into a report, delivering the findings from the assessment measures, describing your history, and pulling all this information together into a summary and a personalized set of recommendations.
  6. Once the report is complete, we will meet together to make sense of the evaluation. This feedback session is an opportunity to help you gain clarity and ask questions, helping you determine where to go next with this information and how to help you seek next steps on your path to healing. With greater clarity, direction, and personalized recommendations, next steps towards healing should be visible – to name a few examples: that could look like obtaining a diagnosis that can help you receive accommodations, or identifying what diagnoses are capturing your experience and what type of therapy treatment is best in addressing those challenges.

We typically test:

  • Academic skills (reading, writing, comprehension, math, listening, spelling)
  • Attention
  • Comprehensive Psychological Assessment
  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties
  • Executive functioning
  • Immigration Evaluations
  • IQ
  • Learning style
  • Memory
  • Pre-Bariatric Surgery Evaluation
  • Psychoeducational Evaluations
  • Social functioning

The “issues” we typically test for: ADHD, learning disorders (dyslexia, math disorder/dyscalculia), oppositional behavior, mood disorders (bipolar, anxiety, depression).

Psychological assessment services will involve meeting in person at our office in Milford, New Hampshire. Meeting in person to perform these services (such as an in-depth clinical interview, administration of certain assessment measures, and providing a feedback session to review the results of the assessment) is important to ensure the accuracy of the testing measures.

The testing process can involve 1 to 3 meetings, depending on the complexity of the assessment and unique needs of the individual. The location where psychological assessments will be administered is at our office at 52 Nashua St, Milford, New Hampshire 03055

We typically schedule testing days on Thursdays with an hour long break lunch. The testing day depends on the areas we will plan to take a look into, but generally, testing days may consist of brain games, puzzles, academic-type work like reading and writing, and perhaps some clinical type interviews. Your clinician will make sure to walk you through what the testing day will look like and how to prepare yourself or your child for it.

We offer many different types of psychological assessment, each of which is customized to the needs of our client. Because of this, no single price can fit every type of assessment.

To find out how much an assessment would cost for your needs, please get in touch with us so that we can get you the information you need. To get started, fill out our contact form or send us an email at info@polaris-psychology.com.

We are not currently accepting insurance as it is our preference to invest our time and attention to clients, as opposed to negotiating with insurance companies. This provides far greater flexibility in care and allows clinicians to meet clients’ needs first rather than the rigid, impersonal, and often arbitrary expectations set by insurance companies.

Depending on your personal preferences and insurance plan, you may still be able to use your insurance provider to pursue full or partial reimbursement for our services as an “out-of-network provider”.

Research shows that psychological testing can help you to understand thinking, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It can help you learn about your needs and understand what’s holding you back.

Let's get started today

Ready to get the clarity you are looking for? Whether you are looking to better understand your mental health, academic skills, or to better understand yourself, psychological testing can help.

To get started, fill out our contact form or reach out by email to info@polaris-psychology.com today.

We provide completely free initial consultation!