What Is a Psychological Assessment?
Children, adolescents, and young adults first visit us at Reframe because there are concerns about their functioning and how they feel. They may be having problems academically, behaviorally, socially, or emotionally. The first step to improving functioning is often a comprehensive psychological assessment.
The assessment is geared toward understanding strengths and needs, past and current functioning, and factors that may be limiting the individual’s current functioning. During the assessment, information from multiple sources is combined to achieve a greater understanding of the individual.
After we have a better understanding, we set out a treatment plan. We work with the individual, youth and their parent(s) to reduce symptoms and improve overall functioning through treatment. We employ empirically supported treatment methods but rely heavily on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), individualized treatment, and a family approach to help bring about positive changes in the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families. The focus, length, and frequency of intervention vary depending on the person’s individual needs and current functioning.
These are the areas that we assess and treat at Reframe Psychology Clinic:
- Academic or school anxiety: school refusal, school avoidance, test anxiety
- Acute Stress Disorder: severe anxiety associated with extreme stressor
- Adjustment Disorder: decreased functioning in response to a stressor
- Agoraphobia: avoidance of places that could cause panic reactions
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder: “Worry Wart”; constantly worries or asks for reassurance
- Panic Disorder: sudden attacks of multiple anxiety symptoms
- Phobias: excessive fear of specific objects or specific situations
- Selective Mutism: inability to speak in certain situations, commonly school
- Separation Anxiety Disorder: avoids age-appropriate separations from parents
- Sleep Anxiety and difficulties: disruptive sleep patterns
- Social Phobia: extreme anxiety in social situations due to fear of being judged
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Difficulties sustaining focus; hyperactivity, impulsivity
Consistent feelings of sadness or extreme irritability
Intellectual assessments to determine high performing abilities
Learning Disability (LD)
Processing problems that interfere with learning
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Unwanted and intrusive thoughts & repetitive behaviors.
Developing strategies to help manage a child’s behavior or difficulties.
Repetitive irregular muscle movements or sounds.
Hair pulling urges
Schedule an Appointment at Our Clinic
At Reframe Psychology Clinic, we take your concerns and feedback seriously and want to work with you as a team to help you or your child. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment for psychological assessment and testing at our Toronto clinic.