Psychological Assessment – San Jose & Campbell
Have you ever struggled socially or cognitively and wanted recommendations on how to manage this? Are you wondering about what type of job or school setting would be the best fit for you? Are you curious about your strengths? If any of these questions sound familiar, getting a psychological assessment completed by one of our psychologists may be the answer for you. Here at Uplift Psychology Group in San Jose, CA, we tailor each assessment to the individual’s needs. We believe that using research-based methods with personalized feedback provides clear and accessible information about how to successfully handle your current situation.
What is a psychological assessment?
Psychological assessment is a process where one of our licensed psychologists will evaluate your social, emotional, and cognitive capacities. This is done by collecting information about your past and present functioning – oftentimes psychologists use educational records, mental health and/or medical records, conversations with important people in your life, and formal testing measures to do this. At Uplift Psychology Group, we offer psychological assessment using Therapeutic Assessment, meaning that we collaborate with you to explore ways your life can be improved by building upon the skills you already have.
How do I know if this is right for me?
Here are some common reasons individuals ask for a psychological evaluation:
Difficulties focusing at school/work
Struggling with organization
Troubles communicating with others
Anxiety and worries getting in the way of everyday life
Depression and sadness getting in the way of everyday life
Unsure if a psychological condition is present
Wondering what your IQ is
Trouble finding the right fit for a job or school setting
Curiosity about one’s personality
Curiosity about one’s style of thinking
Suspected difficulties due to an underlying psychological condition
How can a psychological assessment help me?
Getting a psychological assessment is a great way to better understand yourself and learn about your strengths and areas of need. Assessments offer personalized recommendations that are related to the reason you sought out testing and that help you to know what your next steps are. Comprehensive assessments are a wonderful way to get a well-rounded picture of your overall current abilities; these evaluations look in-depth at your social, emotional, cognitive, and personality functioning and can provide you with diagnostic information as applicable. Brief personality assessments are an excellent way to get to know yourself on a deeper level by specifically focusing on your personality traits and social-emotional abilities; while brief testing cannot provide diagnostic information, it can provide extremely valuable feedback for yourself, your family member, your therapist, and others in your life who may want to better understand you or to assist with current treatment you may be receiving. Brief cognitive testing is an opportunity to learn about your brain’s current memory abilities, speed of processing information, ability to focus and learn, visual-spatial skills, language skills, and organization abilities. With any psychological assessment, individuals leave feeling empowered, have better awareness of how to be productive and successful at school and/or work, feel better able to manage life’s stressors, and gain incredible insight into why they do the things they do.
How much is a psychological assessment and what is involved?
Fees are dependent on the type of evaluation being requested. The flat rate for the assessment will be paid 50% at the initial intake meeting and 50% at the last testing session – all fees are paid in full prior to scheduling a feedback session and receiving your final report. Payment plans can be discussed during your initial consultation.
The following assessment packages include: an intake session, review of medical/psychiatric/educational records, school observation (for children), direct testing hours (ranges from 2-12 hours, depending on the question being evaluated), scoring, interpretation and write-up, collateral contacts (emails and phone calls), and a report with personalized recommendations provided during a feedback session.
Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation (Social + emotional + cognitive + personality)
Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation
(at this time we do not offer child ASD testing)
Adult and/or Child ADHD Evaluation
Brief Personality Evaluation (For diagnostic clarification)
Seminary / Ordination Evaluation
Toddler/ Young Child Developmental Assessment
IQ + Comprehensive Executive Functioning Evaluation (Giftedness + 2e testing)
IQ Testing Only
You will receive an initial quote based on which of the above-mentioned packages best fits your needs; for services that do not fall into one of the packages above, we bill at an hourly rate of $225. A 50% deposit at intake is based upon your initial estimated quote. Quotes can change during the assessment process if additional testing is warranted based upon test findings; the psychologist will discuss any change to your quote prior to providing additional services.
We are considered out of network with all insurance providers, thus we do not accept insurance for any of our services. This is to ensure that we are able to provide you a comprehensive and thorough service, without the significant restrictions that many insurance companies require. We can provide a superbill if needed at the conclusion of your evaluation that you may submit to your insurance provider to attempt reimbursement. There is no guarantee that you will be reimbursed for any services provided. It is recommended that you reach out to your insurance provider prior to contacting us for an intake to understand your benefits if you plan to receive a superbill. Ask the insurance provider about your “out of network psychological testing” benefits and they may ask you which codes are being billed; we typically bill the following CPT codes: 90791, 96130, 96131, 96136, and 96137.
If you are interested in receiving a psychological assessment for yourself or your child, please reach out today to schedule a free 15-minute phone or video consultation. This is a great opportunity to ask any additional questions and to begin taking steps towards a life that feels manageable and meaningful!
What to Expect on Testing Day
Testing consists of a variety of activities:
Completing hands-on tasks
Testing will be administered by Dr. Bridget Wieckowski, Licensed Psychologist PSY31996
Any questions you have about testing can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Testing will start and end on time, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled testing start time
If doing virtual testing, please be prepared to log-in 5 minutes prior to test start time
There will be bathroom and rest breaks as needed, and a 30-minute lunch break will be provided when testing is longer than a 3-hour block
Things to Remember for Testing Day
Please be prepared to pay half of the estimated cost for the eval to your first scheduled appointment.
Please bring all paperwork completed (self, informant, and teacher forms – if applicable).
Getting a good night’s sleep the night before testing day is important!
Avoid staying up very late, having caffeine the night before, or deviating too far from your normal routine.
Eat a good breakfast!
Typically medications should be taken as usual on the testing day unless your clinician says otherwise. ADHD medication should NOT be taken on testing day, however.
Bringing snacks and water to the session may be helpful during breaks.