A psychological assessment is the comprehensive process of integrating data from psychological tests with a patient’s presenting concerns, their history, and the psychologist’s analysis of these data sources based upon their clinical expertise. At Bryce Gibbs PhD & Associates, we acquire our data from intellectual, cognitive, academic/achievement, and emotion/personality tests. These tests are typically administered by a psychometrist over a 4 to 7 hour period. After the test day is complete, a clinician with expertise in the analysis of psychological test data interprets the test findings and produces a comprehensive report. This report addresses the patient’s presenting concerns, often provides a diagnosis, and outlines recommendations for treatment. Common recommendations include pharmaceutical suggestions, types of academic accommodations that may be necessary, and modes of therapy that may be indicated such as play therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, or cognitive-behavioral therapy. Also, the report data can guide tutoring and organizational/executive functioning support.
Bryce Gibbs PhD is known for writing high quality, detailed assessment reports that paint a clear, understandable portrait of a patient’s cognitive, neuropsychological, academic-achievement, and emotional-personality functioning. In addition, our clinic strives to interpret tests results quickly and provide written reports in a timely manner. Importantly, whereas many other testing clinics have non-psychologists, such as master’s level school psychologists, perform report writing, Bryce Gibbs PhD & Associates always has reports interpreted and composed by licensed psychologists who have extensive training and expertise in psychological assessment.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER A PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT?
If you are a college student whose grades are slipping, cannot focus, or are feeling anxious and depressed such that you are struggling in school, then an assessment may be warranted. If you are the parent of a child in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college and they are struggling with social, emotional, or academic issues then an assessment may be warranted for purposes of differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Finally, adults who are faltering at work and feel they cannot focus or are forgetful would likely benefit from an assessment. Whereas psychiatrists often make diagnosis after a simple interview, psychologists utilize psychological tests to elucidate maladaptive patterns in a patient’s life with data. In other words, an assessment is the most reliable and accurate way to achieve a psychological diagnosis, especially important in the case of children who may need powerful medications. Common diagnostic categories that stem from assessments include ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, depression, anxiety, OCD, autism, and bipolar disorder. Once a diagnosis is made, then effective treatment recommendations and referrals to the best providers can be made so healing can begin. In sum, a psychological assessment is a powerful tool used to develop a comprehensive treatment plan so that time is not wasted, and psychological health can be achieved and maintained.
If you or a loved one need a psychological assessment, then do not hesitate to contact Bryce Gibbs PhD & Associates.
EVERY SERVICE WE PROVIDE STARTS WITH A PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT BATTERY
Your testing process will be supervised by a psychologist and the assessment will begin with a clinical interview to get necessary background info. After, you will be tested by a psychometrician who will administer intellectual, academic, attention, emotion, and personality measures.
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ADHD IN COLLEGE STUDENTS
IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED
Though ADHD symptoms are easily recognizable in many people, they are not as apparent in high achieving college students who put in grueling hours to achieve their grades, leaving them beleaguered and taxed. These students often lack sleep and are very susceptible to developing anxiety and depressive disorders that compound their ADHD symptoms. For these students, academic accommodations are essential.