The assessment process starts with you, your child, your physician, caseworker, or school asking me one or more questions that highlight the problems to be addressed. It also involves a collaborative approach between us in specifying the problems, interpreting the data that I obtain through testing, and then deciding how to use the information to make changes in the client’s life.
The assessment I conduct consists of multiple components. It begins with a clinical interview, and includes respected and widely used psychological tests such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, self-report personality measures, and the Woodcock Johnson and other tests of achievement. I often augment these with projective personality measures, and each assessment session includes a unique combination of tests to offer a comprehensive assessment that addresses the referral questions.
With the results I obtain during testing, I compare your scores on these evaluations with samples of persons from the general and clinical populations. I also examine the data to determine your strengths and weaknesses. In this way, I am able to discuss your results in multiple contexts.
I produce a report for you or the professional that may have provided the referral to me. This psychological assessment will help you determine what changes you need to make in your life to be made to improve the current situation. The final results verify and explain a diagnosis, enhance your clinician’s treatment planning, and demonstrate accommodation status for educational settings and tests.