Psychological Testing & Assessment

Psychological Testing and Assessment

The Clear View Counseling Center provides comprehensive psychological testing and assessment to address problems of learning and adjustment for children, adolescents and adults and to provide diagnostic clarity for patients and healthcare providers.  Our detailed reports provide invaluable information to therapists, physicians, teachers, employers, families and individuals to assist with educational planning, job performance, psychotherapy, and personal growth.

What is Psychological Testing and Assessment?

Psychological testing and assessment are similar to medical tests in many ways. If a patient has physical symptoms, a primary care provider may order X-rays or blood tests to understand what’s causing those symptoms. The results of the tests will help inform develop a treatment plan.  Sometimes, the underlying causes of a person’s problems are unclear.  Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a patient’s behavior to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment.

What are the Benefits of Psychological Testing and Assessment?

There are many reasons why a person might seek psychological testing and assessment.

Academically:
Testing and Assessment can help detect learning disabilities for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with academic performance.  Proper diagnosis of learning disabilities is crucial for students to obtain the accommodations and support necessary for success.  Additionally, sometimes students present with behavioral problems in the classroom which can be related to undetected learning problems.

Therapeutically:
Sometimes, psychotherapy progress stalls or hits a plateau.  Sometimes, a patient’s presenting symptoms are congruent with a multitude of diagnoses. In such cases, psychological assessment and testing is able to provide diagnostic clarity for both the patient and his or her therapist as well as appropriate treatment recommendations or referrals to move forward.

What To Expect:

Because everyone is different, each psychological testing experience at the Clear View Counseling Center is individually tailored based on the individual’s reason for referral and the patient’s presenting problems.

In order to prevent testing fatigue and to obtain the most accurate results for you, testing sessions are scheduled over several sessions.  In your first session, you will meet with a psychologist for one hour.  During that time, he or she will ask you questions regarding your presenting problems and testing goals and conduct a full biopsychosocial evaluation, obtaining information about your history and development and present-day issues.  From there, the psychologist will be able to identify which assessments and tests to use to best explore your concerns.

After your initial appointment, you will be scheduled for two follow up testing sessions, each approximately 2 hours in duration, and a 30 to 60-minute feedback session at which time you will be provided with a detailed psychological report, verbal feedback, and recommendations.

Feedback sessions are scheduled 4-6 weeks following the last date of testing.  This timeframe is necessary in order to allow for scoring, interpretation, and report writing and to provide the best quality feedback to you.

Psychological testing isn’t like taking a multiple-choice exam that you either pass or fail.  We realize that some people may be tempted to peek at the tests online ahead of time. However, we strongly recommend against doing that because it may backfire on you.  Most psychological tests and assessments have internal validity and consistency scales.  This means that tests are designed to detect when a person is “faking good” or “faking bad.”  As a result, trying to “manipulate” your responses may invalidate your results, therefore, providing no useable data to help solve your problems.

Instead, it is important to participate openly and as honestly as possible in order for you to gain the insight and guidance you are seeking.

Does My Insurance Cover Psych Testing?

Insurance plans vary and you may need a referral for your insurance to cover your testing experience.  So, it is important to verify your insurance benefits prior to scheduling your first session.  The Clear View Counseling Center charges a $200 fee for testing materials that is not covered by insurance.

Out-of-Pocket Testing Fees

For individuals who choose not to use their insurance or whose insurance is out-of-network (OON)with the Clear View Counseling Center, our fees are listed below.  For OON patients, we can provide a “superbill” for you to submit to your insurance provider.

Initial Evaluation Fee:                                                                 $200/hr
Testing Materials Fee:                                                                 $200
Testing Sessions:                                                                          $175/hr
Scoring, Interpretation, & Report Writing:                            $150/ hr
Medical Records Review (as needed):                                     $50/hr
Feedback Session:                                                                       $175/hr

Because each case is different, it is difficult to predict the amount of testing needed prior to your initial appointment.