Psychological Assessments

Psychological assessment is used to help diagnose and clarify concerns regarding behavior, personality traits, mood, emotional functioning, and cognitive processes. It usually involves a sophisticated and extensive workup to distinguish the psychological contributions that may confound accurate diagnosis and treatment. The report is often used to answer specific referral questions. These may include need for additional diagnostic clarification, documenting multiple coexisting psychological disorders, psychological disorders secondary to medical conditions or substance abuse/dependence, and exploring current psychosocial stressors effects on one adaptive ability.

Areas where psychological assessment may be helpful:

  • When a client is not responding to psychopharmaceutical treatment alone and a clarification of diagnosis is needed.
  • When there is a history of trauma (especially long-term exposure) and there are concerns that current symptoms may be partially attributed to these experiences.
  • When substance abuse is suspected as a primary contributor to other psychological disorders, or when it has developed as a secondary problem due to an individual’s inability to utilize healthier and more adaptive coping mechanisms.
  • When there are problems in interpersonal relationships, especially when these issues are significantly impacting an individual’s functioning.
  • When there is a history or current problem with self control, self-harm or suicidal ideation.
  • When there is a suspicion that an adult may have ADHD or other learning disability which was previously undiagnosed.