How long will the evaluation take?
We conduct the evaluation over multiple sessions ranging from four to six total meetings; this estimate includes an initial intake appointment, two to four testing appointments, and a final feedback session. Each session lasts anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. During the feedback session, we review all of the test results with you and also make recommendations based on our findings. If the evaluation resulted in a diagnosis, you will be informed of it at the feedback appointment. Some evaluations may require more than six sessions, depending on the attention and concentration of the individual being tested and on the complexity of the presenting problems.
How do I make an appointment for an evaluation?
You can reach us by phone or by email at any time. If you decide to email us, please include your preferred days and times to meet. We are available for testing appointments Monday through Saturday between the hours of 9am and 9pm. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule. Sunday appointments are available upon request. We make every effort to return calls and emails within 24 hours of receiving your message.
What is included in the evaluation?
The evaluation includes everything necessary to answer the referral question and a final report documenting all of the findings and the diagnosis, if any. This includes collection of background information, all testing materials, all test sessions, and a final feedback session. We may interview other individuals such as your child's teacher with regard to the referral question, with your permission, and these interviews are also included. In addition, the evaluation includes a comprehensive report that contains all of the relevant information gathered from interviews and formal tests.
How do I know if I need an evaluation?
Not every problem requires a psychological evaluation. For example, if you noticed that you are having difficulty concentrating, but this problem has only been affecting you for a short period of time, you may not need a comprehensive evaluation. But if you or your child has been struggling either at home, at work, or at school for several months and you've tried strategies that aren't working, a psychological evaluation may be helpful in understanding what the problem is and what you can do about it. Many parents seek out our services even after their children have been evaluated by the school system because they still don't understand why their children are struggling or what can be done to help them. If you're not sure whether or not you need an evaluation, we offer free phone consultations to help you figure out whether our services are a good fit for your current needs.
I just wanted to jot you an e-mail to thank you for doing such an amazing job with [my son's] evaluation from start to finish. We really feel like you gave us all of the answers we were looking for as well as helpful suggestions that can aid us (and his teachers/tutors) moving forward. In addition to all of the knowledge that you provided us, you have a really great "bedside" manner and we all really enjoyed working with you!~Jenn