Ask a Therapist: "What is a Psychological Assessment Anyway?"
By Joey Tadie, PhD
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.
At The Catalyst Center, 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 all the confusing jargon of psychology and translates it into regular language that everyone can understand. We move beyond trying to put a label on you or your kid and instead work WITH you collaboratively and respectfully to understand what is working and what is not working in your life, why you've gotten stuck in some spots, and most importantly, what we can do to get you unstuck and moving in a healthier direction.
With the recent expansion of our assessment team, we are now able to offer high quality collaborative assessments without the wait! Instead of the typical 4-8 week wait to begin the assessment process, we are currently booking new assessments as quickly as just 1-3 weeks out.
This is a wonderful opportunity to give yourself or your child the gift of being deeply and expertly understood, and receiving a detailed, personalized plan for growth and healing tailored just for you.
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At The Catalyst Center, we practice Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment which is an approach to assessment that seeks to maximize the therapeutic impact of assessment. We use data and our clinical knowledge to gain a deep complex understanding of you. This knowledge becomes the foundation of creating real and lasting change in your life. This approach has been shown in research to create positive therapeutic change in the clients who participate.
Especially when children are involved, we find understanding how the whole family works together (identifying each person's individual style and how they all interact) allows us to better help the child and the parents and often opens up new ways of understanding that we might have missed were we only looking at the child in isolation.
Many parents seek us out for family assessment when they feel like nothing they have tried is working. We take the time to intensively understand every person in your family and work with the whole family to make important changes that can help you move back into better connected peaceful relationship with each other.
At The Catalyst Center we provide pre-adoption psychological assessments for families adopting internationally and domestically. We tailor our assessments to meet the specific requirements of each country with which we work, and work with your adoption agency to ensure we fulfill all requirements. Generally speaking the question we seek to answer in the assessment is “Are these parents ready to adopt, and if not what additional support do they need to become ready to adopt?”
Our pre-adoption evaluations are more than just another hoop to jump through. Instead, we use the assessment process as a therapeutic opportunity for our adoptive parents to learn more about themselves and their relationship and gain the confidence and skills needed to take on the wonderful, life-altering challenge of adoption. Part of this therapeutic approach to assessment means that we invite all of our parents to ask their own unique questions about themselves and their relationship for us to consider along with the general adoption-readiness question. The answers to these personal questions are just for you, and are not included in the formal report we prepare for the adoption unless you request it.
Couples Assessment is an intensive, brief treatment approach based on the principles of collaborative/therapeutic assessment. Sometimes looking at the whole system is more effective than focusing on only one of its parts. This philosophy is underlying modern approaches to couples therapy. Likewise, it often makes sense to assess what is going on in a couple rather than look at one person in isolation.
Psychological Assessment can be a powerful tool for personal growth. We use assessment as an opportunity for brief, intensive treatment geared towards answering your questions and planning your next steps towards living the life you desire.
A collaborative therapeutic assessment can also be very helpful as an adjunct to therapy. Part of why assessment is so important is that many mental health conditions have a lot in common and are very hard to differentiate. We want to tailor your treatment to your specific strengths and challenges, and a well-done assessment can help speed up the process of getting better by providing a detailed road map. Assessment can provide answers to questions that are getting in the way of your therapy and help you and your therapist jump into the work with a detailed, hand crafted plan for how to tailor therapy to your individual personality.
Sometimes a child is struggling at home, at school, or with friendships and we aren't sure why. It isn't uncommon for people who don't know better to pin labels on a kid who is struggling such as "lazy" or "ADD" or "undisciplined." In our extensive experience, when a child is struggling, there is always a reason why. Understanding that "why" is the key to discovering how to help your child find his or her path towards a healthy and successful life.
A well-done assessment will give you a clear and accurate picture of your child's strengths and challenges emotionally, socially, and academically. This information can demystify why they are struggling even when you try everything you can think of to help. With the assessment results, we are able to tailor a detailed plan just for your child with concrete suggestions and recommendations to help you get unstuck as a parent, and help your child get on a happy and successful path.
Dr. Joey Tadie is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in psychological assessment, many years of clinical experience and strong assessment skills. He is adept at moving beyond just a diagnosis and understanding you as a whole, complex, individual. He digs into the causes of and solutions to the challenges you are facing. He is adept at using comprehensive psychological evaluation to understand the "why" behind your challenges, and to use that understanding to chart a path forward specifically tailored to help.
Dr. Lies vanBekkum excels at looking beyond the difficult symptoms on the surface of people who are struggling and into the heart of the matter, determining what is really driving the problems you are facing so that we can discover how to shift it. She understands the complexity of families and helps you to understand how your family dynamics are impacting you and discover ways to help shift problematic patterns.
Dr. Jacklin provides consultation on all assessments provided by The Catalyst Center and supervises the postdoctoral and advanced graduate student assessment programs. She is a former elementary school teacher turned psychologist who understands emotional conditions, ADHD, and learning disabilities from both inside and outside the classroom. She has taught and supervised assessment at the graduate level. Dr. Jacklin is passionate about accurately identifying and treating emotional, learning, and attentional conditions, using assessment as a tool to improve outcomes for people of all ages.
Call 720-675-7123 to get more information about our two ongoing groups for new parents.
EMDR can help you to resolve painful memories from the past; after these memories are resolved you get to feel calm and safe again and no longer "stirred up" when reminded of difficulties in your past. EMDR can also help you reduce stress, increase confidence, and feel more positively about yourself and your future.
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based practice that has been shown through over 25 years of research to effectively decrease or eliminate the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, and Depression.
Research has show that EMDR can be a rapid and effective treatment.
EMDR was originally developed to treat the effects of trauma. It is also commonly reported to be helpful with:
Achieving Peak Performance in Sports, Public Speaking, and Academics
Improving Self-Esteem and Reducing Stress
Decreasing Performance Anxiety
Letting go of Negative Beliefs about Yourself, the World, and Others
Reducing or Resolving Emotional Issues Related to Painful Memories. Stress, Mood, or Anxiety
A bibliography of the extensive 25+ years of research about the benefits of EMDR can be found at the EMDR International Association's website: www.emdria.org
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Neurofeedback is a 100% non-invasive, drug-free, brain training system that helps the central nervous system (CNS) make the best use of your brain’s natural resources and help you achieve a calmer, more well-balanced state of being. It has no known side effects. We have found Neurofeedback to be very helpful as an adjunct to talk therapy, or on its own.