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What kind of questions can the psychological assessment answer?
These psychological assessments can answer questions related to school and work (e.g., “What are my cognitive strengths and weaknesses?” “Do I have ADHD?” “Do I have a learning disability?” “Am I intellectually gifted?” “What is my IQ?”). Many clients ask about parts of their life that are troubling and puzzling (e.g. “What is interfering with my ability to connect with other people?” “Do I have Bipolar Disorder?” “What impact is my past trauma having on my overall functioning?”). These evaluations can also provide diagnostic clarification and recommendations for treatment.
What happens during a psychological assessment?
After helping you form questions to be addressed by the assessment, I will receive a detailed history and I will ask specific questions about your presenting problem. I may also ask your permission to talk with others who can provide information about your situation. We will then complete a variety of psychological tests that will help answer your questions. At the end of the assessment, we will discuss the results of your testing and how they relate to your questions. I will also provide you with a written report or letter, which will have your results and recommendations.
How much does an assessment cost?
The fees for an assessment vary, depending on the type of evaluation you are considering. You can get a general sense of the fees by visiting the services/fees tab on this website. After determining your needs for the assessment, I will quote you a fee for the entire assessment. I generally ask that half of the assessment fee be paid at the first testing session and half at the last testing session or I ask that full payment be made if testing is done on one day. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 914-400-7148 for an estimate of the cost for your assessment or if you would like more information about my services.
Do you take insurance?
I am no longer in-network with any insurance panels. However, you may be able to receive reimbursement from your insurance provider. I can provide a detailed billing statement at the end of the assessment that will have all of the information you will need (e.g. billing codes, diagnosis code, my license number, etc). I always recommend that you ask your insurance company for information regarding out of network benefits prior to testing, as each insurance plan is different. Insurance may not cover some types of assessments (e.g. giftedness testing). After being an in-network provider for two insurance panels, I decided to terminate my contracts with these companies due to the time and energy that was involved in accepting insurance.
What is Collaborative / Therapeutic Assessment?
Collaborative / Therapeutic Assessment is an approach that uses psychological tests and a collaborative assessment method to help clients move forward to better mental health. Many clients find that these assessments affect them in a deep way. The more willing you are to explore and be open during the assessment, the more likely it is that you will benefit from the experience. In this approach, I consider myself the expert on the assessment measures and you are the expert on yourself. We work very collaboratively to use the assessment measures and importantly, your experience of yourself, to answer your assessment questions and help you move forward.