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What is it:
A psychological evaluation combines interview, observation, and test data to answer the referral question that prompted it. Depending on the question(s) to be answered, it may include intelligence and academic testing, assessment of learning style and personality, how historical factors may be impacting current problems, and how one might be unwittingly contributing to their own difficulties. Psychological evaluations are sometimes requested before a patient undergoes certain medical procedures.
A psychological evaluation can:
- provide information for doctors, educators, counselors, and family members regarding the educational, emotional, and social needs of a youth or adult client
- inform the planning of appropriate interventions
- identify areas of strength and need
- enhance an individual’s self-understanding
- may be shared with relevant treatment providers and educators, and
- can help to motivate change.
Who asks for this:
- Doctors (including psychiatrists)
- Courts (for court related services, click here)
How it works:
A standard psychological evaluation includes a comprehensive record review, a clinical interview, psychological testing, and empirically guided structured checklists of static and dynamic risk factors. In many cases an evaluation will also include collateral interviews with other significant parties (e.g., caregivers, service providers, teachers). The results of an evaluation are presented in a comprehensive report which includes a summary of relevant findings, a clinical formulation, and treatment recommendations. Depending on the complexity of the problem, and the questions being addressed, it may take 2-3 weeks to receive your final report.
Length of sessions:
Psychological assessment usually takes place over the course of several sessions depending on the referral question, age and ability level of the client, and other factors. The total face-to-face time involved in an individual assessment typically ranges from 4-6 hours. Several other hours may be spent on scoring and interpretation of tests, collateral contacts, record review, and report writing. In most cases, an evaluation concludes with a feedback session in which results and professional opinions are explained.
- Cost: $150/hr.
A retainer of $1500 is due at the start of the evaluation. One half of this amount is non-refundable but may be applied to record review, consultation, or late cancellation of evaluation appointments. Any portion of the retainer exceeding $750 that is not used during the duration of the evaluation will be refunded. Any amount billed after the retaining amount of $1500 (10 hours) has been reached will be due at the beginning of the feedback session.
- Current Availability: flexible scheduling