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What is Psychological Testing?
Psychological testing is both cognitive and IQ testing. It can help you and your therapist quantify your cognitive emotional strengths and weaknesses to better target your areas of self-improvement and areas in need of support. Testing is not therapy. It is, however, an opportunity to sit down with a licensed psychologist and take standardized measures to determine symptoms of cognitive or personality dysfunction or deficit. It helps you understand yourself more.
We recommend psychological testing for a variety of reasons. Psychological testing is a great tool to determine levels of ADHD and executive functioning.. We can study your attention, focus, motivation, and activity level, among other aspects of ADHD and learning disorders. We can also provide testing to apply for accommodations for college, medical school or law school. Having psychological test results can help get you the resources you need if you struggle with ADHD or a learning disability. Testing is not a guarantee of a diagnosis or accommodation, but if you do have ADHD or a learning disability we will likely be able to identify it through testing.
We also provide psychological testing for personality assessment. Your therapist may have suggested that testing could help determine diagnosis or provide clarity on your emotional experience. You might be wondering about aspects of your personality and if there are ways to optimize or improve your functioning. Personality testing can help to answer some of these questions.
Who do we treat?
At Behr psychology, we only test adults 18 years and older at this time. We treat individuals looking for testing to answer questions regarding their cognitive and emotional functioning. It is important to distinguish psychological testing from a psychiatric evaluation. Psychiatric evaluations are done by psychiatrists. At Behr Psychology, we are a collective of Psychologists and Therapists and therefore we cannot write prescriptions or provide medication. However, psychological testing informs diagnosis and treatment. If appropriate for your diagnosis, we can provide referrals to prescribing psychiatrists and work together to provide you with a holistic treatment. We have a network of sensitive and knowledgeable psychiatrists we trust and can refer you to.
What to expect
When you receive psychological testing you will meet with a psychologist to determine your reasons for seeking testing and what questions you want to be answered about yourself. You will be presented with a plan and will schedule an in-person day for testing which will take about six hours. It will be scored and interpreted by the psychologist. A report will be written describing findings and recommendations. Finally we will meet to go over your results and provide you with your completed results and report. It is a tool to figure out what the next step for you is.