What is Psychological Assessment?
Psychological assessment is a process whereby problems regarding an individual's functioning are evaluated through the methodical collection, scoring, and interpretation of data pertaining to the individual. The process begins with a specific concern or question about the patient's thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and/or functioning. Dr. Williams then uses a set of tests and interviews to gather information about the patient's functioning in the areas of concern. This helps generate understanding about the patient's unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Williams can then offer diagnoses and share detailed recommendations about how to address difficulties and leverage strengths.
Who is Appropriate for Assessment?
Dr. Williams has experience assessing children, adolescents, adults, and older adults for a variety of concerns. Individuals may seek an assessment due to their own concerns or they may be referred by a professional, such as a doctor, teacher, psychiatrist, etc. Often assessment is sought due to a suspected psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, or neurocognitive disorder or to obtain information about the progression of a disorder and response to treatment of a disorder. For parents of adult children who would like to seek assessment services for their child, please refer to the information below for more information:
What are the Benefits of Assessment?
The primary benefits of undergoing assessment include increased understanding of the patient's strengths, weaknesses, and diagnoses. As a result of each assessment, Dr. Williams provides a comprehensive list of recommendations to help individuals, their families, and providers (doctors, specialists, schools, employers, etc.) implement accommodations, treatments, and supports to optimize the individual’s functioning.
What Can I Expect During an Assessment?
First, the patient (and parents, if patient is a minor) will meet with Dr. Williams for an initial interview to determine the referral question and obtain background information. Second, Dr. Williams will select a set of tests to help answer the referral question. Third, the patient will meet with Dr. Williams for one or more testing sessions, depending on the time needed to complete testing. Fourth, data collected will be scored, interpreted, and summarized into a comprehensive report, which includes diagnoses and recommendations. Finally, Dr. Williams will meet with the individual (and parents, as appropriate) to discuss findings, diagnoses, and recommendations.
What Problems Can Dr. Williams Assess?
Problems which Dr. Williams has experience assessing include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Communication Disorders, Conduct and Impulse Control Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Learning Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorder Screening, Personality Integration, Social Communication Disorder, Schizophrenia Disorders, and Traumatic Stress.
What is the Cost of Assessment?
Currently, Dr. Williams is in-network with United Health Care Optum, Medicaid TX, & Star Plus, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO Plan, and BCBS Medicare Advantage Plus. She also accepts private pay with sliding scale fee adjustments. For private pay, a fee of $200 is charged for the initial clinical interview, which is deducted from the final cost of testing. Typically brief assessments begin at $725, while extensive assessments begin at $1800. The cost of testing can be determined during the clinical interview, once a set of tests has been selected to meet the patient's needs. Half the fee for testing is due at the start of the first testing session and the balance is due at the start of the final feedback session.
When Can I Expect Assessement Results?
After test administration, test data must be scored, interpreted, integrated, and written into a comprehensive report. This process can take between 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the complexity of the case.