Ask a Therapist: What is Psychological Assessment Anyway?

Ask a Therapist: What is Psychological Assessment Anyway?

By Joey Tadie, PhD

A Powerful Approach to Assessment

Did you know that Collaborative/Therapeutic Psychological Assessment can actually be a brief, intensive, yet highly efficient way to make positive changes in your life? A thorough assessment can help create a deeper understanding of yourself (or your child) and help you develop a clear game plan for how to improve the situation you face. We are able to offer insight into academic performance, personality traits, cognitive capability, and even clarify mental health diagnoses. As school is currently starting up, it might be a great time to consider an assessment to help you or your child transition into the routine of a school year with new insight on how to be successful. 

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 another mental health challenge?
  • 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?

These example questions are only a small sample of what our assessments can help address. The Catalyst Center is able to answer these types of questions as well as many others as well. We perform a wide variety of assessments which can help meet your needs and these include the following specialty services:

Specialty Assessments:

  1.  Pre-Adoption Assessment                                                        
  2.  Giftedness Assessment                                          
  3.  Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment                                      
  4.  Child Assessment                                                            
  5.  ADHD/Learning Disability Assessment
  6.  Personality Testing                              
  7.  Premarital Assessment                                                                    
  8.  Pre-Bariatric Evaluation                                                            
  9.  Evaluation for Gender Reassignment Surgery                    
  10.  Assessment for Diagnostic Clarification

Knowing what is getting in your way is the first step to changing it. We offer a range of assessment types and will review these throughout the blog series. You can also find more information about assessment on our website.

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