What is Psychological Assessment?
A psychological assessment is a mental health assessment designed to help learn about a person (i.e., their personality, abilities, challenges and behaviours), to provide a diagnosis and to help direct therapy.
Psychological Assessment at Renew Neurotherapy
Dr. Jeff Phillips offers psychological assessment through Renew Neurotherapy at our Pembroke and Ottawa locations.
Psychological testing is used as a tool to support diagnosis and help guide treatment. Although it might sound intimidating, it is designed to help you achieve better health.
As the American Psychological Association tells us, “Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.” https://www.apa.org/topics/psychological-testing-assessment
Psychological testing helps you and your therapy team by clarifying the challenges you might encounter, providing a diagnosis, and developing a treatment plan.
The best treatment approach for you varies depending on a number of factors such as your diagnosis, your strengths, challenges, home environment, occupation and more. Psychological testing can help increase the efficiency of your therapy by providing clear and concrete direction.
A psycho-educational assessment is completed to develop an understanding of your/your child’s academic skills and cognitive abilities.
The underlying cause of a person’s problems isn’t always clear. For example, if a child is having trouble in school, does he or she have a reading problem such as dyslexia? An attention problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Difficulty with impulse control?
In addition to showing how an individual learns, and assessment can provide a diagnosis that impacts learning and identify any other social/emotional/behavioural or psychological problems.
Following your psycho-educational assessment, Dr. Phillips will provide recommendations for further therapy, home and school support.
Psycho-vocational assessments are also sometimes referred to as ‘career testing.’ They can help to identify areas of vocational strengths and possible barriers to employment or education.
People work and learn in many different ways. To choose an optimal career path, it is important to be aware of your unique pattern of abilities, interests, personality traits and work styles.
A vocational assessment can help you to identify careers and educational programs that are well matched to your strengths, and can help develop specific strategies to meet your vocational goals.