Psychological Testing and Assessments

There are many different reasons one may want or need to consider psychological testing, but mainly psychologists use various tests in order to gain understanding into specific reasons for the struggles that people experience.  Understanding of people’s strengths and weaknesses helps psychologists and other professionals create better treatment plans and make specific recommendations for interventions that will assist in addressing these issues.  The following assessment types could be recommended based on the issues that people present with.

Types of Psychological Test and Assessments

Psychological Assessments – the purpose of psychological testing is to help psychologists make a diagnosis and to guide treatment.  This type of testing involves assessing one’s IQ, personality, and behaviors. Testing could be recommended for numerous reasons.  Some examples for such recommendation are problems that individuals experience at work, in academic settings, and/or in interpersonal relationships.  Psychological testing also helps in understanding of the type of emotional problems the person may be experiencing.

Psychoeducational Testing - the purpose of psychoeducational evaluations is to help parents, teachers, and other professionals working with a child understand the reasons for such issues as with academic achievement, behaviors, attention, and executive functioning.  If you choose to have your child evaluated, we will conduct a thorough clinical interview, administer the tests that are deemed appropriate for the issues described, and provide you with a report that will discuss in great details your child’s areas of strength and weakness, as well as recommendations for interventions that will help your child build on his/her strengths and improve in the areas they struggle with.

Neuropsychological Evaluations – this type of evaluations focuses on understanding the functioning of the brain.  Specifically, with the use of various tests, psychologists assess motor, visual-spatial, linguistic, memory, cognitive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.  It is a more in-depth form of evaluation that individuals may want to consider for a variety of reasons.  For example, a child may be referred for neuropsychological evaluation when there is a concern in one or more areas of functioning, in order to understand more specifically the origin of his/her problems.  Adults may want to undergo this type of evaluation when they notice a decline in their cognitive functioning or when they struggle in their academic and/or occupational areas of functioning.  Thus, if you or your child faces issues that require greater understanding, the assessment will be tailored to his/her individual needs and a thorough report will be provided upon completion of the evaluation that will explain the results of testing and offer appropriate recommendations.

Groups - Different groups are offered periodically and they are divided based on people’s age and various concerns.
Below you will find brief descriptions of the focus of each group:

Adolescent Support Group
The adolescent years can be described as a time of great emotional confusion and anxiety.  As teengars face a variety of challenges, they begin to question who they are,  and what is their place within their peer group, family, and society at large.  It can also be a period of time in people’s lives when they struggle with forming a secure sense of identity. Having a strong support system is the key for successfully overcoming these issues.  Joining a support group can offer teenagers a space that fosters a sense of belonging, validates their emotions, and helps them develop skills for dealing with the stress that adolescent years carry.  Among some of the issues that are addressed in the group are conflicts with family and peers, self-esteem, communication skills, and coping skills.

Depression And Anxiety Support Group For Adults
Depression and Anxiety symptoms are known to overlap.  This group will focus on the exploration of members’ underlying issues that appear to be contributing into their symptoms.  Among some of the issues that lead to the onset of symptoms of depression and anxiety are losses, complications in relationships, and health issues.  These issues can trigger a great degree of sadness, anxiety, frustration, hopelessness, and fear.  People frequently feel misunderstood by everyone around them, which leaves them extremely lonely and isolated.  One of the main purposes of group therapy is to foster a sense of belonging and joining a group of people who experience similar problems can in itself be therapeutic.  This group will offer members a safe space where they can openly share their thoughts and feelings and will help people develop skills for coping and for managing their emotions.  Ultimately, the goal of this group is to help people develop hope for the future, cultivate a stronger sense of self-worth, and develop the ability to let go and move on.