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Psychological Testing & Assessment

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What is psychological testing?
 
Also called psychological assessment, psychological testing is a foundation for how skilled professionals, usually psychologists, can better understand a person’s thinking, learning and behavior. Testing and assessment can help clarify a diagnosis and help inform a treatment plan. 
 
A psychological test is both a standardized and objective measure of human behavior where responses are analyzed according to a universal standard. Some tests are projective in that the test-taker projects aspects of his or her personality onto an aspect of the test (usually a drawing or image) revealing hidden emotions and internal conflicts. 

Types of Psychological Assessments:
  • Intellectual Functioning (IQ Testing)
  • Personality
  • Behavioral
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Mood Disorders, including Major Depression, Cyclothymia, and Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Pre-surgical evaluations, including bariatric bypass, lap band, sleeve, and fertility treatment/procedures
 
Types of Psychological Testing/Assessments for children or adolescents:
  • Children or teens experiencing difficulties in school can undergo testing for intellectual functioning, learning disabilities, Dyslexia, or ADHD
  • Children or teens experiencing anxiety or depression can undergo testing to determine the severity of their symptoms
  • Children or teens can be tested for GATE/Honors programs that includes IQ testing that is required by certain schools
  • Asperger’s Disorder and other ASDs
 
Types of Psychological Testing/Assessments for young adults, adults, and the elderly:
  • ADHD or Reading, Writing, Math or Oral Language Disorder tests for college or graduate students requiring extra time on tests
  • Career assessment
  • Test Accommodations (e.g. extended time) evaluation for those applying for State Board or licensure exams (ISEE, ACT, PSAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE)
  • Personality assessment for individuals/couples experiencing relationship struggles
  • Pre-surgical evaluations or legal issues
  • Neuropsychological tests for conditions that affect memory and thinking, including those conditions impacted by aging such as cognitive impairment and dementia
A detailed written report is provided which integrates the test results and includes specific recommendations and interventions for remediation of difficulties identified in the evaluation. Children, teens and adults require psychological testing for various reasons. I have training and experience conducting a thorough evaluation and assessment that includes an initial clinical interview to assist in identifying your strengths and weaknesses. I can also collaborate with other treatment professionals or provide clarification to school staff regarding recommendations. Assessments typically offer much needed and important recommendations for interventions or accommodations. 

Contact me at my Los Angeles location or San Clemente (Orange County) location.