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Psychological Testing

Gain deeper insight into yourself.

Psychological testing can help you understand yourself better and learn more about your specific strengths and weaknesses. Midwest Counseling provides psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults, including:

Cognitive Assessments

  • To identify intellectual impairments or giftedness
  • To recognize learning disorders
  • To distinguish between learning disorders and difficulties with attention/concentration
  • To develop interventions to maximize cognitive abilities and academic/work-related achievement

Learning Disorder Assessments

  • To explore academic difficulties related to struggles in learning or other issues which may impact academic performance

Personality Assessments

  • To identify diagnostic considerations as they relate to disorders of mood, anxiety, personality, behavior, process addictions, and more
  • To examine the relationship between co-occurring disorders and provide clarity with regard to differential diagnoses
  • To provide realistic recommendations for interventions designed to assist with symptom relief and management

Substance Abuse and Dependence Evaluations

  • To establish the presence and severity of substance abuse or dependence
  • To identify the existence of co-occurring substance abuse or dependence with mental health issues (i.e., depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress)
  • To assist the development of a treatment and relapse prevention plan to establish a path toward recovery

School Refusal Evaluations:

  • To explore the underlying issues relevant to a child or adolescent’s refusal to attend school
  • To examine the relationship between school refusal and co-occurring disorders (e.g., behavioral problems, attention or learning disorders, bullying, or other mental health concerns)
  • To provide recommendations for collaborative interventions at home and school to increase motivation and success in school re-entry

For more information on psychological testing services provided by Midwest Counseling, please contact Dr. Whitney Graff.

 

FAQs About Psychological Testing

 

What happens during psychological testing?

During testing, psychologists administer a series of psychological tests designed to measure various aspects of behavior and determine an appropriate diagnosis. Information obtained from testing is incorporated into a report complete with individualized recommendations that can help clients improve their lives.

Why do people get psychological testing?

Psychological testing is a way to observe and measure many kinds of behavior in order to make a diagnosis and/or a plan for treatment.

There are many reasons to seek out psychological testing. Some of the common issues people seek testing for include:

  • Attention & concentration issues including ADHD
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Mood disorders including bipolar disorder and depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Neuropsychological screening
  • Trauma-related disorders

How much does testing cost?

Insurance will often cover psychological testing. We can contact your insurance company to get an estimate of what the cost to you will be. Midwest Counseling is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and United Healthcare.

If your insurance provider does not cover testing, or if Midwest Counseling is not in-network with your provider, we will work with you to offer a sliding-scale fee or the opportunity to work with one of our supervised doctoral students.

As with any service, testing costs are impacted by deductibles, copays/coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximums. Before testing, we encourage you to contact your insurance company to be informed of the details of your insurance plan.

Is psychological testing the same as neuropsychological testing?

Neuropsychological testing is a specific type of psychological testing. While they are similar, neuropsychological testing is designed to specifically assess for brain functioning and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and traumatic brain injury, among others Midwest Counseling can offer a basic screening for neuropsychological deficits, provide a recommendation as to whether further assessment is recommended, and refer patients to appropriate providers.

How long will testing take? How many appointments are needed?

Testing includes meeting for an intake to discuss your referral question in greater detail. Then, one to three testing sessions will be scheduled, depending on what tests need to be completed. Testing sessions are two to five hours in length and can be scheduled to accommodate your availability, including Saturdays.

Once test administration is complete, all of the tests are scored, analyzed, and compiled into a report. The process takes an average of two to four weeks.

What does a report include?

All reports contain several sections, including relevant background information and behavioral observations, which can be useful for new providers to review in becoming familiar with your history. Next, each test is described along with your specific results, and all of information is integrated in a comprehensive analysis that helps explain the diagnosis that is provided. Lastly, several specific recommendations are included to help clients capitalize on their strengths and improve in areas of growth.

A typical report will range from 10 to 25 pages, depending on the reason for seeking testing. This report can be given to anyone you would like such as psychiatrists, therapists, other providers, or teachers or other school personnel who can help you receive accommodations.

I need accommodations at school or work. Can you help?

We can test for a number of diagnoses that may be eligible for accommodations, such as extended test-taking time and low-distraction environments, at your school or place of work. We cannot guarantee that the test data will support a certain diagnosis or accommodation recommendations. However, we always supply a list of recommendations informed by the test results of the tests to help you translate the results into improvement in your daily life.

For more information on testing services offered by Midwest Counseling, please contact Dr. Whitney Graff, Psy. D. (773-231-7314).