An evaluation is an intervention that creates an opportunity for a detailed dialogue and objective understanding of your concerns and treatment goals.
There are many reasons why someone might benefit from a psychological evaluation including treatment planning, gaining more insight into their current issues, or for more specific reasons.
WHO DO I EVALUATE?
Evaluations are available for individuals aged 16 and up.
HOW LONG DOES AN EVALUATION TAKE?
The evaluation typically takes 4-6 hours, depending on the referral question. Every process starts with a 60–90-minute intake to gather a detailed history and create specific questions to answer during the evaluation.
WHAT TYPES OF EVALUATIONS ARE OFFERED?
I am able to offer:
Psychological Evaluations for diagnostic and treatment planning purposes
Adult ADHD Psychological Evaluations
Pre-Surgical Bariatric Psychological Evaluations
Psychoeducational Evaluations (i.e., learning disorders)
COST & PAYMENT:
The cost of the evaluation depends on the referral question and how many hours of testing are needed to complete the evaluation.
In the interest of providing the most efficient and highest quality care, I do not accept insurance.
For payment, I accept cash, check, or Venmo for evaluations. If you pay using a credit card, there will be a 3% service fee.
If you are concerned about the cost, I assure you that an evaluation is well worth your time if you are considering it. If you are looking for a "cheap" assessment, you won't find that here. I provide a comprehensive evaluation with individualized recommendations based on your needs and referral question.
WHAT DOES THE PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
You will be asked to complete consent forms and various screening measures and questionnaires prior to the evaluation date via my electronic medical record (Simple Practice).
In addition, questionnaires may be sent to you via e-mail that should be completed by family and friends (i.e., for current and childhood symptoms of ADHD).
The initial interview (1 - 1.5 hours)
I will ask you questions about your history and your current symptoms/presenting problem(s). I prefer to schedule the initial interview on a separate day than the testing; however, I can do both on the same day.
Testing (3-5 hours)
This portion of the evaluation is individualized to your specific needs. Some evaluations, such as Learning Disorder Evaluations, may require an additional testing appointment. Psychological evaluations include some or all of the following components:
Cognitive measures of intellectual abilities (WAIS-IV), to gather information about how you approach different tasks, as well as knowledge about strengths and areas of growth.
A continuous performance test (TOVA), which is an objective measure of sustained attention (for ADHD testing)
Achievement testing (if there are concerns about a possible learning disorder)
A personalized set of questionnaires, depending on your individual needs. The questionnaires will give me information about how your personality is similar and how it is different from others. These measures will also help me determine whether your symptoms reflect an underlying attention disorder and/or another diagnosis(es), as well as provide information that is used to form specific recommendations for your treatment.
Collateral information from those who you give permission to share with me. When assessing for ADHD, questionnaires are sent to the patient for family members or significant others who are familiar with your educational and developmental history.
Feedback session (1 hour)
After I review your results, I will discuss them with you in a detailed feedback session. You will receive a comprehensive written report with detailed and concrete treatment recommendations and resources.
I will make every effort to answer all your questions, and if more questions arise later after our session, I am always happy to hear from you and talk with you more.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
You are not expected to answer everything correctly or to excel at everything. There is no way to "fail" a psych eval. You are simply asked to do the best you can. Every effort is made to ensure your comfort throughout the evaluation (e.g., snack breaks, opportunities to ask questions, etc.) and most people find that the time goes by surprisingly fast.
With my comprehensive evaluations, you will learn more about yourself and walk away with a tangible product that you can review.