All About Psychological Assessment

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  • The Catalyst Center wants to help demystify psychological assessment so that you can recognize the potential benefits this could have for you and your loved ones. We are releasing a weekly blog series to help your understand what assessment is, how it can help, and what you can expect from the process. Check back weekly for more content designed to introduce you to the advantages of testing.

A Powerful Approach to Assessment

You wouldn’t arbitrarily take antibiotics for strep unless your doctor performed a strep test first. Psychological assessment can be thought of in a similar way. It can get to the “heart” of difficulties you might be experiencing so you can accurately address the source of the problem with the correct treatment.

Collaborative/Therapeutic Psychological Assessment can be a brief, intensive way to make powerful positive changes in your life. The impact of a well done assessment is that you have a deeper understanding of yourself (or your child) and have a clear game plan for what needs to happen for things to improve in your life.

Our approach to assessment is a little different from what most people think of when they think of “Psychological Assessment.” We focus on maximizing the positive, therapeutic impact of assessment by taking the time to get to know you as a real and complex person.

We talk and write in a clear and easy-to-understand manner that takes out all the confusing jargon and technical writing and translates it into regular language that everyone can understand. We move deeper than simply putting a diagnosis or label on you or your child and instead we work WITH you collaboratively and respectfully to understand what is working and what is not working in your life, how you’ve gotten stuck in some spots, and most importantly, what we can do to get you unstuck and moving in a healthier direction.

Important questions can be answered with an assessment:

  • How can I reach my potential?
  • What is keeping me stuck in life?
  • Why is my child struggling at school, at home, or in friendships?
  • Do I have Depression, Bipolar Disorder or a Mood Disorder?
  • How do I learn best?
  • Do I have ADHD or a Learning Disability?
  • What can I do to improve my relationships?
  • What are our strengths and challenges as a couple? How can we best prepare for marriage, adoption, or for the birth of a baby?

Knowing what is getting in your way is the first step to changing it

Specialty Assessments:

  • Pre-Adoption Assessment
  • Giftedness Assessment
  • Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment
  • Child Assessment
  • ADHD/Learning Disability Assessment
  • Premarital Assessment
  • Pre-Bariatric Evaluation
  • Evaluation for Gender Reassignment Surgery
  • Assessment for Diagnostic Clarification

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