Faith-Based Psychological Testing
Neuropsychological testing can help you better understand the root causes of the challenges you face. It also provides your practitioner with the information they need to be able to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is best suited to your needs.
At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we offer psychological testing and assessments for children, teens, and adults. After the evaluations have been conducted, we will discuss the results with you from a faith-based perspective and offer an individualized treatment plan to help you find the healing and recovery you seek.
Neuropsychological testing is a specialized psychological assessment that helps your healthcare providers understand the symptoms you are experiencing and how they relate to your brain’s current functionality. The testing provides useful information that can assist with the diagnosis process regarding specific conditions. It can also serve to identify strengths and weaknesses and determine the best treatment plan and next steps in your recovery.
Types of Psychological Tests
There are many different types of neuropsychological tests that can be done, such as:
Based on your presenting symptoms and needs, your therapist will likely evaluate areas including:
At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, your testing will be catered to fit your individual situation, and the degree to which each area is evaluated will vary from client to client.
What to Expect During Psychological Testing
The thought of undergoing psychological testing may sound intimidating, but psychological testing and assessments are pretty straight forward and easy. These tests are nothing to fear and definitely not something for which you have to study or prepare. You might be tempted to take tests online, but online assessments usually not a good idea and can hinder your actual test results.
Some tests are completed in a Q and A style between you and your care provider. At other times, testing is done electronically using computerized forms. In either case, these questions are usually very simple to answer and you will be given clear instructions on how to take the tests for best results.
Be assured that the testing process is designed to serve you in the long run. It’s simply a resource through which your therapist can gather information to ensure you receive the care you need.
Phases of Psychological Testing and Assessments at Newport Beach Christian Counseling
Psychological assessments at Newport Beach Christian Counseling include four phases: Interview, Testing, Analysis, and Feedback. The testing phase may include a variety of different assessments, based on your circumstances.
- Clinical Interview – This helps your therapist gather important background information about your life, personal history, professional background, and family history, including questions about different stages in your life and mental health issues that run in your family.
- Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (IQ) – IQ testing measures common components of intelligence. This is useful for helping determine things like learning disabilities or developmental delays.
- Personality Assessment – Personality tests are used to help you and your care provider better understand who you are. These tests also help determine personality dysfunctions and disorders.
- Behavioral Assessment – Behavioral assessments will help to develop a comprehensive overview of your thoughts, behaviors, and triggers. This is accomplished through natural observation and you might be asked to keep a journal for recording things like your moods and how you react to them.
As mentioned above, a typical neuropsychological evaluation begins with an intake interview. During this initial appointment, your therapist will ask you to describe any symptoms, concerns, and other information that may be helpful for the neuropsychologist to know before testing.
Often, the testing session will take place on another day and will include written tests, problem solving, puzzles, and answering questions. Some portions of the test will be more challenging than others and normally the assessment takes between three and four hours to complete if evaluating cognitive and memory changes or five to seven hours for a learning disability evaluation.
Once the testing session is complete, the neuropsychologist will record the data, evaluate and interpret the results, and write a full report with findings and recommendations. This usually takes a few weeks to complete, after which time you will meet for a final appointment to discuss the results and consider the next steps in treatment.
Discussing Your Test Results
Once the evaluation is complete, your therapist will schedule an appointment with you to go over the results so that you understand what they mean. From there you will discuss possible treatment options. You may be referred to Christian counseling, or your therapist may recommend that you consider psychiatric medications. Either way, we will uphold your Christian values to reach a treatment plan with which you feel comfortable.
At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we offer a safe and compassionate place for you to find and receive help. You may have mixed emotions when it comes to psychological testing and treatment. Maybe you are tired living a life that is hindered or maybe you are on the fence about whether or not psychiatric treatment is for you – wherever you are, we are here to give you support while keeping you informed each step of the way.
If you or your child are having a hard time because of uncontrollable emotions, behavior, or challenges at school or work, a psychological evaluation can help you find out why. Just as medical doctors help us determine whether our physical symptoms are related to a common cold, allergies, or something else, psychiatric care professionals can help us understand why we struggle with conditions like anxiety, lingering sadness, mood swings, and other mental health symptoms that hinder us from living fully.
We Provide Diagnosis and Treatment for:
Newport Beach Christian Counseling is a safe place for children, teens, and adults to find the answers they desire. If you’re tired of struggling with unwanted thoughts or behaviors, have difficulty regulating your mood or if you or your child have a hard time with things like concentration, academic or work performance or impulse control, now’s the time to get the answers and relief you need.
The results of neuropsychological testing can enable you to better understand yourself and your condition and can be used by doctors and psychologists to guide treatment plans. As well as revealing limitations, testing will shed light on your strengths and abilities; therefore, neuropsychological assessment can empower you to use your own gifts to overcome weaknesses. Ultimately, testing is for the purpose of guiding treatment plans and supporting your health and well-being.
How Can Psychological Testing Help Me?
People come to us for a number of reasons. Maybe you have symptoms that are hampering your ability to function well at home or in the workplace. Perhaps your child isn’t thriving at school. Psychological tests and assessments are used to help us obtain a detailed picture and understanding of symptoms related to mood, behaviors, and cognitive function so we can help you find relief.
Psychological Testing Can:
Faith-Based Treatment You Can Trust
Are you worried about psychiatric care interfering with your faith and beliefs? The trained professionals at Newport Beach Christian Counseling commit to respecting your Christian values. We offer a holistic approach to healing with the goal of seeing you enjoy lasting results that correspond to your needs and faith convictions.
FAQ About Neuropsychological Testing
As a parent, what is my role in the testing process?
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. Any insights you can provide about your concerns or observations prior to testing will be helpful. We will do our best to provide the best assessment based on the information you provide. Depending on the age of your child, you may or may not be present during the testing and assessment.
Can I go back to work or school after I’m done?
Depending on the psychological testing and assessment you require, the process can take some time. Often people say they feel tired afterward. While there is no danger in returning to work or school, you might plan to take the day off just in case.
How can I prepare my child for psychological testing?
Listen to your child’s feelings and concerns. They may be afraid that something is wrong. Try to assure them that they aren’t being tested because they are bad, but because you need help understanding why they are having difficulty. Assure them that many other kids get tested and try to answer any questions they may have.
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