What is Psychological Assessment?

Psychological assessment is a process that 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. 

What are the Benefits of Assessment?

Assessment can be useful for identifying strengths and weaknesses, clarifying diagnoses, and informing treatment planning. 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, an initial interview is used to determine the referral question, obtain background information, and select a set of tests to help answer the referral question. Second, the patient will meet with Dr. Williams for one or more testing sessions. Third, 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 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, BCBS 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.