Psychological testing involves assessing someone’s personality and mood to see how effectively their brain is functioning when conducting tasks such as problem solving and remembering. It can also involve emotional and behavioral testing. The types of tests used for psychological assessments are usually agreed upon by the person receiving the tests and their mental health professional.
Psychological testing reveals a lot of information, and its purpose may range from determining a person’s mental talents, to detecting how badly an injury is affecting thinking skills, to discovering how an individual’s mood is affecting their daily lives. The information is useful to the individual, their physician, therapist, and any other friends or family members. The information gathered from psychological testing can help plan any necessary lifestyle changes, interventions, or additional health and emotional treatment.
What Does Psychological Testing Look Like?
Psychological testing is done one-on-one, not in a group setting, though additional treatment may qualify an individual for group therapy. The tests are conducted by a mental health professional or a physician and can include cognitive tests such as memory tests, written tests, interviews, and lab tests.
Part of the psychological tests will involve talking with a therapist. The therapist will check for mental and emotional health cues while you talk. Some cues may include your state of hygiene, what type of mood you appear to be in, and how you generally behave during the session. For the cognitive tests, your therapist might ask you about your memory and how you think. If you’ve been instructed to keep a journal for a week or so prior to the testing, this will be when you will show it to your therapist.
Why Choose New Horizons For Psychological Testing?
Our trained mental health professionals will ensure that your time in our facility is well spent. The psychological assessments we provide will help you regain control after injury, assist you in thinking, and give you cognitive strategies for learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. If you’re unsure if you qualify for or could benefit from psychological testing, call or email us for more information or to talk with one of our counselors today.