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Psychodiagnostic Assessments

Psychodiagnostic assessments are available for ages 6+ and are designed to assess symptoms, provide diagnostic clarification, and make treatment recommendations.  These evaluations are distinct from the typical intake session(s) that are common when entering therapy. Unlike a standard intake session, psychodiagnostic assessments involved increased standardization in the clinical interview [e.g., the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Disorders (SCID-5)], as well as a more comprehensive evaluation of both primary or secondary diagnoses and concerns. The psychodiagnostic assessment also involves a testing component, which includes self-report questionnaires (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale), personality inventories [e.g, Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)], and/or collateral report (e.g., Vanderbilt parent assessments for ADHD). For adolescent or young adult clients, the assessment often involves gathering collateral information from parents, teachers, or partners. All clients are then provided with a written report, which includes diagnostic information as well as tailored clinical recommendations that can be used by a therapist as well as the individual patient and family members. We provide assessments for TAP clients as well as for individuals who intend to get treatment services outside of our clinic.

What to Expect from Psychodiagnostic Assessment: 

  • A 1 hour intake appointment to gather a history of presenting problems and to discuss the purpose of psychodiagnostic assessment

  • A review of previous mental health records and any previous mental health diagnoses

  • Administration of standardized tests or interviews to determine mental health diagnoses. Tests are selected by your assessment provider based on individual needs and may include:

    • A standardized clinical assess a wide variety of clinical concerns (e.g., SCID-5)

    • Self-report questionnaires that evaluate symptoms, personality, and/or overall functioning (e.g., PHQ-9/GAD-7, PAI)

    • Collateral information provided by a partner, parent, or individual aware of your current concerns

  • Scoring/Interpretation of test results by your assessment provider

  • A feedback session which includes an assessment report with your results, diagnoses, and personalized recommendations based on these results

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