Psychological testing is often recommended as a step towards mental wellness. Through psychological testing, we can diagnose what is causing symptoms; and prescribe a treatment plan designed to help you or your family member embrace your strengths and overcome your limitations.
Our team uses a variety of psychological testing tools to measure and observe behavior. The tests help us make a diagnosis on which to develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs. Psychological testing and assessment is performed by team members Dr. Meryl Willert, Dr. Megan Spencer, and Psychometrists Jill Werda and Teri Townsend.
A psychometrist specializes in administering and scoring psychological evaluations prescribed by our clinical psychologists. Some tests are used to identify areas of concern such as managing anger, lack of social skills, or certain personality traits. Others determine whether you are experiencing emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Psychological testing is available for people of all ages:
If your child is scheduled for psychological testing for autism or other possible conditions, you can explain they will participate in a series of activities with Jill or Teri. The activities will be fun, some much like school projects, while others might feel like playing. Let them know they shouldn’t be nervous because psychological testing isn’t like a test at school—there are no right and wrong answers.
Psychological testing at Dakota Family Services has the ability to assess and diagnose:
At Dakota Family Services, we perform assessments based on the specific needs of each patient. These tests help assess intellectual disability, depression, anger response patterns, behavior functioning, and more so we can evaluate strengths and weaknesses and make a diagnosis that helps us determine the best course of action for treatment. Each client undergoes a different series of tests, depending on their specific needs.
How much does psychological testing cost?
Because each client undergoes a different series of tests, it is hard to determine an average cost. If psychological testing is recommended by your clinician, we will be happy to tell you what each test will cost. Although it depends on your coverage, many insurance companies cover psychological testing.
Will the tests be covered by my insurance?
We are an in-network provider for most major insurance companies and managed care plans. Please call your insurance company for specific mental health plan details regarding coverage, deductibles, and coinsurance.
My child’s teacher/counselor referred me to get psychological testing. What do I do next?
Contact our office at 1-800-201-6495 to set up an initial appointment. At this first appointment, our clinicians will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the tests that will best guide your child's treatment.
Will I, the parent or guardian, be able to watch the psychological testing take place?
No, the tests are performed in a private room with Jill or Teri. Your child will be introduced to a variety of tasks and we will explain everything, so they understand what is happening. Some tests are done on the computer while others will feel much like playing, such as drawing or setting up blocks while they answer questions. Your child can take breaks to see you if necessary. We will also answer any questions you might have so you understand and trust the process.
How long does it take to know the results of the psychological test?
The entire process takes from 8 to 10 weeks. Your first appointment is with the psychologist and then testing is scheduled in two to three 1 ½ hour sessions with Jill or Teri. Following your sessions, you will have a follow-up visit to review test results and recommendations for care.
Contact our office today to set up your appointment.