Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider a psychological assessment? How is it useful?
Psychological evaluations are used to detect learning disabilities, through assessing intellectual functioning, academic achievement, and processing abilities. Moreover, testing allows identification of specific strengths and weaknesses in areas that may be impacting school or work performance. Some examples of relevant areas are reading fluency, comprehension, computation skills, numerical reasoning, visual-motor skills, spatial organization, auditory processing, attentional skills, organization, visual perception and information processing. Tests of intellectual functioning and academic achievement may also be used to determine whether or not a child can be considered gifted.
Behavioral and emotional struggles, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, and Depression, may also be identified through the assessment process. Projective and performance-based techniques, standardized rating scales, observations and interviews are used to gain an understanding of current behavioral and emotional functioning, and assist in determining any appropriate diagnoses.
The testing findings are integrated to provide a holistic picture of how all these areas impact a child and what supports they may need.
What is the process of a psychological assessment?
In the initial meeting, I will meet with the client (if an adult) or the parents for a 2 hour interview to gather developmental, medical, academic, and social history. Moreover, time will be devoted to determining the questions for the assessment and those questions determine how much and what type of testing is conducted.
Most testing is completed in 2 hour blocks of 4-6 sessions. This varies depending on the measures administered, the examinee’s ability to participate in a 2 hour session, and scheduling.
Throughout the assessment, the process is being discussed and the client and/or parents work closely with me to understand the testing results.
An optional meeting is a family assessment session, once the testing has been completed, to determine how family dynamics are impacting a child’s functioning and to consult to parents about supports and interventions for the entire family.
A discussion/feedback session occurs a few weeks after the completion of testing. Before that session, I will complete a formal report. In addition, younger children will receive an illustrated feedback story that shares the main themes of the testing in an age-appropriate manner. Teens will receive a letter written to them that answers their questions for the assessment.
Do you accept insurance for the assessment? If not, what is the cost?
I do not contract with insurance companies. Many insurance companies do not reimburse for testing and do not guarantee what information is kept confidential. However, I will create a summary of the cost of the assessment that the client/parent can submit to their insurance company to request reimbursement.
The cost of an assessment ranges depending on the depth of the assessment. My fee is currently $180 per hour, although a flexible hourly rate can be arranged, if necessary. The cost of the assessment includes the administration of measures, collateral sessions, scoring of measures, and report writing. Typically, the assessment ranges between 20-25 hours, resulting in a total fee of around $5000.
Who else will have access to my/my child’s assessment?
Psychological assessments or adults and children are confidential. I do not divulge results of the assessment to anyone without written consent of the client/client’s parents. The exceptions are: 1) if you or your child is in imminent danger of harming self or others, 2) if I believe your child or adolescent has been abused, or if you or your child communicate information of such abuse to me; 3) if you file suit for breach of a duty; or 4) if unanticipated legal proceedings arise that require me to disclose confidential information.