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Diagnostic and Treatment

Planning Assessments

TAP offers three different types of psychological assessments: psychodiagnostic assessments, differential diagnostic assessments, and psychoeducational assessments. A brief summary of each of the three options is below. If you are interested in scheduling any assessment for you or a family member, please contact our Administrative Team through our intake line.

 


Psychodiagnostic assessments: These assessments provide a comprehensive evaluation of an individual's psychological functioning across a wide spectrum of diagnoses and symptoms. These assessments are far beyond what is assessed in a typical intake session that occurs prior to treatment initiation. The goal of standard intake sessions is to determine the most relevant or "primary" diagnosis to current concerns and functioning. A full psychodiagnostic assessment, however, is able to provide information on previous as well as current diagnoses and inform on any relevant diagnoses or concerns in addition to a primary diagnosis. These assessments do not assume that you will be initiating any therapy with TAP, though this may be something that is recommended. 


Differential diagnostic assessments: These assessments are specialist evaluations related to a specific disorder (e.g., Borderline Personality Disorder) or group of disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders). These assessments are most often used when the diagnostic picture is not clear and a provider refers an individual to a specialist who has comprehensive training, experience, and expertise in particular symptoms or disorders. They involve an in-depth discussion of a specific area of functioning and are more detailed in the diagnostic information and treatment recommendations than a standard intake. These assessments do not assume that you will be initiating any therapy with TAP, though this may be something that is recommended. 


Psychoeducational assessments: These assessments involve the evaluation of an individual's educational functioning and may include information about academic, social, and emotional functioning. Such evaluations are often required to obtain educational accommodations such as a 504 or IEP and may involve collateral information obtained by teachers or parents. Though relevant diagnoses can be assessed as part of this process (e.g., ADHD), this set of assessments focuses the way any mental health diagnoses or learning disorder may impact an individual's ability to perform to their potential  in a school-based setting.