Do I need a Psychological Assessment?
“I know something doesn’t feel right, but I need to understand it more.”
“My therapist and I want to know where to go next in therapy.”
“I want to understand more about how I think and feel.”
There are many different reasons why clients seek psychological assessment. If you feel like you are stuck in therapy, or you need a more objective approach to understanding your mental health, it is probably time to consider the option of a psychological assessment. Talking with a psychologist is a great way to determine whether you will benefit from an assessment.
Common areas of exploration in Psychological Assessments
WORLDVIEW AND APPROACH
ATTENTION AND FOCUS
PLANNING AND ORGANIZING
DIFFICULT LIFE EXPERIENCES
What to expect when you begin a Psychological Assessment
Many clients seek a psychological assessment after being referred by their therapist, doctor, or school. You will begin with an intake assessment with a psychologist to learn more about your mental health and assessment needs. They will ask you questions to gain an understanding of your family’s experiences, worldviews, strengths, concerns, needs, and relationship dynamics.
After the intake, a plan will be made for the assessment and testing date(s) will be scheduled. Most clients complete testing in 1-3 testing days. You will also be offered the opportunity to review the results of your assessment with your psychologist, where you can ask questions and make a plan for next steps. Your psychologist will offer recommendations specific to your assessment results and provide referrals for additional services if necessary.