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.