If you are a mental health care professional (psychiatrist, psychotherapist, social worker, marriage and family therapist etc), you know that working with a client can sometimes be a puzzling experience. A psychological assessment can help you to understand a client better and aid in therapy.

In working with referring professionals, I draw from the collaborative model of assessment consultation. This means I work closely with the provider to ensure that the assessment is a potential intervention as well as a method of gathering information about a client. At all stages of the assessment process, the client and the referring professional are involved as collaborators, co-observers, and co-interpreters of certain test results.

Assessments can help with:

  • identifying or clarifying areas of concern
  • differential diagnosis
  • treatment planning
  • puzzling aspects of a client’s history, presentation, or experience
  • roadblocks in therapy
  • premature terminations
  • documenting change and helping a client plan for the future
  • increasing client motivation and self-efficacy
  • supplementing your work with additional recommendations
  • comparing client performance in different areas against normative statistics

I conduct assessments for individuals aged 12 and over. Types of assessments include:

  • diagnosis and treatment planning
  • cognitive and intellectual testing
  • ADHD evaluations
  • learning disability evaluations
  • personality testing
  • neuropsychological screening