Psychological assessments are often undertaken before beginning some therapies, to gain an understanding of how past and present factors contribute to people's problems.
It can be therapeutic in itself to have a psychological assessment. People often feel better equipped to make changes in their lives if they can understand what ‘makes them tick’.
We perform assessments as part of or before therapy:
- To help people better understand themselves
- To help others involved in a person’s care to better understand them
- For legal and medical reasons
Psychometric assessment is a more formal method of investigating that is used to better understand and quantify problem areas in a person’s functioning. It can describe and measure certain abilities, deficits, traits, personality features, behaviours, thoughts or emotions.
Cognitive assessment is another type of psychological assessment. It is helpful for people who may have neuropsychological (brain) differences. A cognition is a thought or mental process. Cognitive problems can appear as attention/concentration problems, memory problems, learning problems, anger control problems, impulse control problems, etc. Cognitive testing can help identify problems and guide treatment.
We undertake psychometric and cognitive assessments to understand and measure symptoms and personality characteristics to better measure areas of cognitive functioning, such as:
- Intellectual functioning