A psychological assessment can help clarify diagnoses, inform treatment, and/or highlight potential academic, workplace, or testing accommodations to optimize a person’s performance in these settings. Mental health diagnoses are not simply a list of symptoms. Consequently, a comprehensive evaluation can include an array of objective and subjective measures such as IQ tests, achievement measures, personality assessments, questionnaires, interviews, etc. in order to gain an understanding of your psychological functioning. Findings from such tests can highlight information important to help you better understand yourself, receive effective treatment, and determine appropriate interventions to improve functioning.
At Washington Psychological Wellness, our team of psychological assessment providers take the time to ensure we understand every individual’s needs, concerns and overall goals. We construct each test battery to fit the needs of the examinee and to thoroughly address the referral question(s). Testing procedures usually last several hours and may need to be split up into different test sessions. Once all tests have been administered, the examiner will score and interpret the results and then incorporate the information into a comprehensive report. You will have the opportunity to discuss the results with the examiner once the report is complete. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to discuss them at any point throughout the testing procedures.
Potential reasons a person may be referred for psychological testing include (but are not limited to):
- To clarify a diagnosis (i.e., ADHD, Learning Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, etc.)
- For specific treatment recommendations
- To determine appropriate accommodations for school, work, or testing environments
- For entrance into a program or organization (ie., MENSA)
- To fulfill a job requirement
- To plan for your future and help you reach your full potential
- To assess strengths and weaknesses
- To explore underlying reasons that might impact functioning
- To determine the severity of symptoms and level of impairment
- Personal interest