Psychological Assessment

Oftentimes, the symptoms of a psychological disorder are obvious, such as when a child or teen struggles with excessive anger, anxiety or nervousness, depression or sadness. Likewise, some academic or social problems can be identified through gathering background information and current observations. However, there are times in which the problem and its origins are unclear.

Psychological assessment, also referred to as psychological testing or psychological evaluation, encompasses a wide range of processes to evaluate a person’s functioning at the present time in order to clarify diagnosis or guide treatment. There are varying types of psychological assessments, all for different purposes.

These types may cover one or more of the following domains:

        • Determining Giftedness (utilizing an IQ test and interviews with caregivers and teachers
        • Learning disabilities (including an IQ test, achievement tests, and interviews with caregivers and teachers
        • Cognitive or neuropsychological skills (such as attention, concentration, memory, organization and planning)
        • Emotional functioning (assessments to determine mood disorders)
        • Behavioral functioning (assessments to determine behavioral disorders)
        • Personality characteristics (such as how we interact with others, our patterns, or our impulse control)

An assessment or evaluation usually consists of several component parts – interviews as well as the use of standardized measurements (standardized means that everyone is given the test in the same way). Assessments are specifically tailored to the individual and the need based on the referral question. The purpose of the assessment is to help someone better understand what is going on in order to know how to best help them. 

Why is psychological testing important?

Psychological assessments can be used to diagnose mental health conditions or mental functioning. They can also be used to guide school personnel in order to best help a struggling student. Psychological evaluations can be given to a school in order to help them create an individual learning plan or accommodations plan for a struggling student. A comprehensive assessment provides a more complete understanding of the individual’s functioning, including both strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the assessment can help identify the causes of the person’s symptoms and can assist with planning effective treatment. As treatment continues, assessments can be used to measure progress and suggest improvements in treatment. Having an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan can provide assurance to everyone – both the client and supportive others – that treatment is on the right track and progressing effectively. Assessment services can be provided in English or Spanish.

In addition to the above, Dr. Frey also has experience in providing psychological evaluations for couples who are pursuing international adoption. She will work with the couple and the adoption agency to ensure that the comprehensive report meets the requirements of the country the couple is looking to adopt from. Please note that we do not provide ESA or other therapeutic animal letters. We also do not provide forensic services of any kind, including court-mandated assessments.

My wife and I are in the process of adopting a child from an international country. We were informed that a psychological evaluation and specific testing was required for the country that we were adopting from. Fortunately for us, we found Dr. Frey who possessed all the credentials and experience to satisfy the above need. My wife and I met with her independently and were both very impressed. We found her to be very helpful and insightful. She completed our evaluation and testing and went above and beyond to ensure that all of our agency requests were satisfied. She even met with me on her day off to give us some much needed paperwork so that I could drive it up to Tallahassee to get it certified. In short, we found Dr. Frey to be highly perceptive and informative. Thank you, Dr. Frey – we are grateful for you!!! – Jeff B