Psychological Testing

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Psychological testing is a comprehensive evaluation procedure that measures and identifies important information about an individual’s current level of functioning. The terms “psychological,” “psychoeducational,” “neuropsychological,” “diagnostic,” and other variations are often used interchangeably to describe the individual assessment process and may depend more on the training of the psychologist who is conducting the evaluation than the term used to label the evaluation. All of the evaluation types use objective, standardized assessments, interviews, and observations and an individualized approach.

A neuropsychological evaluation is often considered the most comprehensive evaluation, and typically involves assessment of underlying brain functions, although in some circumstances, the social-emotional, clinical, and/or psychological aspects of the individual may not be routinely assessed. A psychoeducational evaluation may be more focused on academic achievement, learning style, and general cognitive abilities, although a thorough psychoeducational evaluation may include many of the same tests  – and a similar approach to interpretation – as a neuropsychological evaluation, when the psychologist has training in neuropsychological assessment. A psychological evaluation includes most of the same components as a psychoeducational evaluation but typically also includes a more thorough assessment of socioemotional, behavioral, or clinical domains. Ultimately, all types of evaluations focus on the identification of the individual’s strengths and challenges across multiple domains and can be used to better understand unique vulnerabilities and protective factors in youth or adults. 

The psychologists of CReATE provide comprehensive psychological, neuropsychological, and psychoeducational evaluations that are focused on the needs of the child, adolescent, or adult. We tailor the evaluation based on individual needs and referral questions. Those who have used our services in the past often comment about the thoroughness and comprehensive nature of our evaluations. We use the information provided in our intake form to make recommendations regarding the type of evaluation that will best meet your needs. 

The psychologists of CReATE have extensive clinical experience and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health disorders and other conditions. Collectively, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, etc.), ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, dementia, behavioral disorders, pediatric cancer, hemophilia, traumatic event exposure and related conditions, substance abuse/addiction and dual diagnosis, and the provision of empirically-supported treatments. We conduct psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological evaluations for various schools and programs in the western North Carolina region including wilderness therapy programs, therapeutic boarding schools, and substance abuse treatment centers. We also conduct individualized evaluations for children and adolescents in our Asheville office and the surrounding western North Carolina region.