Why might you consider psychological testing for yourself or child(ren)?
Psychological testing can aid your treatment in many ways, leading to a more accurate diagnosis, better medication management, and more effective treatment planning. People often think of testing as unnecessary, especially if they already have a diagnosis from a therapist and/or psychiatrist. Yet a neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation can pinpoint symptoms that are difficult to diagnose even with a thorough clinical interview.
Because mental health symptoms can mimic each other, testing helps clarify what’s really going on. Let’s say you have been diagnosed with depression for years, for example, yet something about that doesn’t feel quite right. A neuropsychological evaluation may identify an underlying ADHD diagnosis that is amplifying your depression, draining what little bit of motivation you have during the day.
How do I get tested?
CFC Therapy Group now offers psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations using the latest technology in a comfortable private practice setting. Testing is tailored to each client’s needs and includes a background interview, test administration, scoring, and a clinical report that can be used for school accommodations such as a 504 plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
What about COVID-19? Will I or my child be safe?
Testing will be conducted in our Conference Room, maintaining 12 feet between the examiner and the client most of the time, with a plexiglass screen between them, and we will sanitize the furniture and testing equipment before and after every use. There may be moments when testing requires closer proximity; we will be using masks and gloves for these times. Testing is administered using two iPads, one for the client and the other for the examiner, thereby minimizing cross-contamination.
Who will do my testing?
All testing supervised by Dr. Katy Schreck, Psy.D., who has more than nine years’ experience providing neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments for adults of all ages, veterans, children, and adolescents.
Some testing is administered by Michael Walker, M.A., a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, working under the license and supervision of Dr. Katy Schreck. Michael administered psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments for the year prior to coming to CFC Therapy. He also has experience in counseling, and providing inpatient treatment for mental health and developmental disabilities in adults and adolescents.
It’s important to understand your symptoms and what will work best in treatment. If you’ve received an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, a psychological evaluation is important to rule out underlying depression or anxiety. At the same time, many adults are misdiagnosed with anxiety, depression, and a learning disability, only to later discover ADD is also present.
The formal test report can help with workplace or school accommodations, empowering you to reach your professional or academic goals. For example, an assessment might find that timed activities are a struggle and recommendations may include longer testing times and rooms without distraction.
If we know how someone learns, we can teach in a way that they understand. This testing should be done after careful consideration of your child’s school learning experience. Has your child long been struggling in a particular area? Has the teacher recommended testing or tutoring? If caught early, your child’s IEP can be adjusted to help them succeed.
Adults can also benefit from psychoeducational testing. Entering college may seem too difficult or impossible for those who have struggled academically and may have an undiagnosed learning disorder. Testing for a specific learning disability in adulthood can also enhance academic performance for those beginning or continuing their advanced degrees.
Trauma and PTSD symptoms often include anxiety, depression, difficulty with memory, trouble concentrating, and feeling overwhelmed. Testing can provide answers and diagnostic clarification based on a person’s history and symptoms. Being able to name the disorder accurately can bring great relief to the individual, as well as appropriate treatment.
Neuropsychological testing can help with diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, sports injuries, memory decline, and other cognitive impairments. Often times, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) will suggest testing to establish a baseline and then retest in a few years to track any cognitive decline. Test data may guide medication management, lifestyle changes, and therapy intervention.
Surgeons often require a psychological evaluation prior to a surgery. This is common with bariatric surgery, sex changes, liver transplants, and, in some cases, plastic surgery. CFC will partner with your medical provider to assess and provide recommendations for evaluation and surgery clearance.
What happens after testing?
CFC will walk you through your test results and any diagnosis or treatment recommendations. With 13 highly trained therapists available seven days a week, we are here to support you through whatever struggles you are facing. We accept BCBS and offer sliding scale options. We are also part of a vast Chicagoland referral network and can provide personalized recommendations and referrals throughout the community to meet your needs.