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Psychological Assessment

Sometimes, you just need answers.

You might have questions about whether you or your child has ADHD, Learning Disabilities, or other mental health diagnoses.  You might be in the midst of a divorce or child custody situation and need to assess parental capacity.  Or, you might simply be wanting to get a deeper understanding of your mind, your strengths and weaknesses, and your personality traits. 

Psychological assessments can offer incredible insights, diagnostic clarity, and solutions for overcoming some of life’s most challenging trials.  You and your family deserve answers, and we want to help you find them.

WMPS is proud to offer comprehensive, individually tailored psychological assessments for people living in Michigan.  While we provide assessments for a wide range of diagnostic and functional concerns, some of our main assessment services include:

  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, etc.)
  • Personality and Strengths/Weaknesses
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • Parent Capacity Evaluations
  • Department of Health and Human Services Evaluations
  • Custody Evaluations

If you or a loved one are interested in getting an assessment, contact us today. 

What is Psychological Assessment?

Psychological Assessment (also called Psychological Testing) is a method of evaluating symptoms, functions, and underlying differences in the brain and how they play out in the real world.  Assessments utilize evidence-based psychological measures backed by decades of research in order to accurately collect and analyze psychological traits. 

Psychological Assessments usually involve meeting one-on-one with a psychologist to complete a series of tasks and answer questions about your life (or the life of your child or loved one).  Many assessment tasks are simple and quite similar to activities done in schools (e.g., vocabulary tests), while others may be more complex and challenging. 

Some assessments are brief and may only take an hour or two, while others are much more comprehensive and can take several hours to complete.  Depending on your schedule and the amount of testing, the assessment may occur in one meeting or be spread over multiple sessions.  

After testing is complete, a psychologist will write a report detailing the results and what they mean.  This report is designed to provide you (and/or the court, depending on the circumstances) with information about what was found through the assessment.  Privately requested assessments will then include a feedback session where you and the psychologist go through the results together and talk through their recommendations.  Court-ordered assessments may not include this feedback session, and the process may differ depending on the circumstances.

Who can provide a Psychological Assessment?

Psychological Assessments can only be provided by licensed psychologists.  Some measures may be administered by technicians or other mental health professionals, but only a psychologist is qualified to interpret and make conclusions based on the findings from an assessment. 

WMPS’s team of assessment psychologists are expertly trained in helping you find the answers you deserve through evidence-based psychological testing.

How can assessments help?

Psychological Assessments can assess for a wide range of emotional, social, and behavioral issues.  Here at WMPS, our services are designed to assess for:

Based on the results of a comprehensive assessment, psychologists can offer recommendations for treatment and answer your questions.  Some examples of this might include things like coping skills for issues with cognitive processing speed, referral for psychotherapy or couples counseling, or supports that might be important in school or work.

What does Psychological Assessment look like at West Michigan Psychological Services?

You and your family deserve answers.

Our Psychological Assessment services are designed to give you clear, accurate information about psychological functioning and how to enhance it.  We strive to make the assessment process as stress-free and simple as possible.  Unless your assessment has been ordered by the court, your information will be fully confidential and shared only with those you authorize us to disclose. 

We will start with an initial consultation to determine which measures and sources of information will be needed for your assessment.  We will then schedule a time to complete the assessment battery and gather your information based on your availability.  A copy of the assessment report can be provided upon request. 

Our assessments are designed to help you or your child:

  • Identify underlying mental health issues
  • Understand intellectual strengths and weaknesses
  • Uncover explanations for symptoms and dysfunctional behavior
  • Learn about the mind on a deeper level
  • Determine next steps for treatment

Psychological assessments can offer a window into your world and provide language for what you are experiencing.  These insights can provide hope for improvement and strategies for making your life better.  You deserve a chance to learn more about yourself or your loved one, and we want to help make that happen. 

Contact West Michigan Psychological Services today to get the assessment you need.