Testing & Assessment

Psychological Testing and Evaluations in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano, TX

Please note – psychological testing and evaluation services need to be scheduled via this form with Dr. Fast.

Psychological and therapeutic assessments offer insight as to the severity of a particular issue or concern and of the capacity for optimal functioning. They provide a structured, organized, succinct, and culturally sensitive description of an individual’s psychological functioning, including cognitive abilities and emotional experience. People often seek assessments to learn more about themselves, seek a diagnosis, clarify treatment goals, or for career planning.

Dr. Jennifer Fast, one of our highly professional clinical psychologists, is trained and experienced in utilizing both testing and psychotherapy to help you determine the best course of action. At Stanford Couples Counseling, individuals are involved in all parts of an assessment, from determining its goals, discussing the possible meanings of test results, preparing written summaries, and disseminating results to other professionals (as appropriate). Each assessment is tailored to the individual and questions to be answered by the assessment.

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Types Of Psychological Testing And Assessments

Here at Stanford Couples Counseling, our skilled and compassionate clinical psychologist offers independent psychological evaluations to clients. While their purposes vary, some of the most common reasons for neuropsychological evaluations include behavioral problems, school problems, and emotional difficulties for adults and adolescents.

Testing and assessment is a specialized aspect of our psychological practice. Using a combination of clinical interviews, psychometric testing, evaluative tests, and rating scales, Dr. Fast is trained in providing psychological and neuropsychological assessments for:

Dr. Fast is also able to complete immigration evaluations.

Benefits Of Psychological Testing

Some people are interested in learning more about themselves. Therapeutic assessments help clients create a more clear, compassionate, and useful story about how they view themselves and the world around them. Therapeutic assessments have the potential to help clients feel better and more prepared to take the next steps in their journey.

The difference between therapeutic and psychological assessments is the focus. Psychological assessments are focused on answering a specific question. Therapeutic assessments are more holistic and are often conducted in collaboration with the client and a treatment provider. Research shows that clients experience meaningful improvement in mental health and tend to invest more in treatment due to increased trust, motivation, and a more positive relationship with their treatment provider.

Effectiveness of Therapeutic Assessments

In many ways, psychological testing and assessment are similar to the medical tests you would receive from your physician. Just as X-rays and blood tests help inform a medical treatment plan, psychological evaluations serve a similar purpose. Dr. Fast can use these assessment tools to measure and observe so that she can arrive at a diagnosis. This result can then serve as a guide toward an effective treatment plan.

Therapeutic assessments are effective for a wide range of populations and issues, including adults, children and families, adolescents and families, and couples.

Therapeutic assessments are useful for:

  • Clients in the middle of therapy.

  • Clients hospitalized for severe mental health concerns.

  • Clients involved in the court system for a variety of reasons.

  • Students in college counseling centers.

  • Couples coping with chronic pain, infidelity, interpersonal difficulties, and trauma.

  • Clients with substance use problems.

  • Clients struggling with perfectionism.

  • Suicidal clients.

  • Clients with stubborn personality and relationship issues.

At Stanford Couples Counseling, we use the most current technologies and assessment tools to ensure you receive an accurate and personalized assessment. At the end of your evaluation, Dr. Fast can provide you with a customized psychological report that includes a diagnosis if warranted.

We can also present you with a written, comprehensive evaluation summary to help you identify your personal strengths and weaknesses. These reports may include practical recommendations that can be used to encourage growth and help you lead a fuller life at home, at school or work, and in your community.

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What To Expect

Psychological evaluations are not like taking a multiple-choice test — there is no pass or fail. Dr. Fast uses the information gleaned from the various tests and assessments to work out a diagnosis and collaborate with you to develop a treatment approach.

The tests she utilizes are not one-size-fits-all. Instead, Dr. Fast carefully chooses a specific set of assessments based on your individual needs and goals. She is specially licensed and expertly trained to administer these evaluations and then interpret the results.

Once we understand your unique needs, you can receive specialized counseling services from Dr. Fast or one of the other highly trained members of our team. The testing and assessment process ensures you receive tailored care.

Learn More About Psychological Testing In The Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Psychological testing and assessment is nothing to be afraid of — it’s not a test you need to study for. Rather, it’s an opportunity for you to empower yourself with knowledge and insight into who you are and how you see the world, which helps you collaborate with us to improve your treatment outcomes. These evaluations allow our team to determine the most effective way we can help you achieve your goals so that you can continue to grow.

If you would like to learn more about psychological testing and evaluations, please contact us today to schedule your appointment at one of our locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We are also proud to provide virtual appointments available to anyone throughout the state of Texas.

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