The Purpose of a Psychological Evaluation
Psychological evaluations are used to diagnose illnesses that have an impact on our memory, behavior, and thought processes. These conditions include ADHD, anxiety, Alzheimer's, dementia, bi-polar, head trauma, substance abuse disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, learning disabilities, and more. Since a majority of these illnesses are internal and affect the brain, it is usually hard to recognize and diagnose these kinds of conditions.
These evaluations make it easier to not only diagnose these diseases, but determine the extent of the. When psychologists understand how severe a condition is, they are more likely to be able to create a treatment plan that is suited to their needs. By conducting psychological evaluations, psychologists are also able to learn more about their clients and get a better idea of what they are going through.
Who Benefits from Psychological Assessments?
Of course, psychologists aren't the only ones who learn something through psychological evaluations. Cliednts and their families will haave the opportunity to understand the condition they are dealing with and take the next steps toward feeling happy and healthy.
Psychological assessments are especially helpful for:
-People who are struggling with their mental health -Children who have behavioral issues -Children who can't express their feelings -Individuals who are having issues at school or work -Those experiencing changes in mood or behavior -Individuals experiencing unexplained memory loss -People who have had strokes in the past
The process of a psychological assessment allows clients to take control of their condition and understand why they are struggling in order to get better.
How a Psychological Assessment Works
A psychological assessment is essentially made up of structured standardized tests, questionnaires, and interviews. It involves several rounds of testing that us a combination of techniques. The techniques that are used vary based on the type of evaluation that a person requires. Before the assessment psychologists may arrange a full medical examination to determine if an individual has any preexisting conditions or potential co-occurring disorders.
After the exam, the psychologist will conduct 30-60 minute interview with the client and parents (as applicable). This gives the client the chance to talk about their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and issues. Once the interview is complete, testing can officially begin. These assessments must be completed in approved environments.
Additional testing and evaluation fees apply for the clinician's time to complete interviews, testing, scoring and interpreting test results, records reviews, collateral contacts, communicating with you about the process, and preparing the written report.
There are many different types of evaluations, some very brief, some more extensive, so there is a wide range of fees depending upon the type of evaluation you need. As examples:
1. Brief evaluations can range from $600-$800. 2. Diagnostic psychological evaluations can cost from $1,000-$1,200. 3. More extensive evaluations, such as psychoeducational, neuropsychological can be greater than $2,000.
The feedback session takes place after the written report has been prepared. The clinician will review your or your child's test results during this session and discuss any recommendations with you.