Psychotherapy that Works!

Jill Holm-Denoma, Ph.D.

Assessment

I conduct many types of assessments, including:

  • Gifted Assessments
  • Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluations
  • ADHD Assessments
  • Diagnostic Evaluations

Please read below to learn more about each type of assessment. Regardless of the specific type of assessment I conduct, I always use assessment tools that have been scientifically shown to be valid and to help clinicians make good decisions regarding recommendations for intervention. 

Gifted Assessments:

Some children exhibit high levels of curiosity, easily master intellectual activities that take their peers longer to understand, and benefit from educational curriculum that challenges them to think more creatively. These children might be eligible for inclusion in Gifted & Talented schools or programs. During a gifted assessment, I meet with parents to get qualitative information about their child. I then spend about 1.5 hours doing an intellectual assessment (an IQ test) with the child that examines their cognitive aptitude/potential. I provide a written report with the results, and hold a feedback conference for the parents. This type of evaluation can usually be done within 2 weeks, and costs $550.

Some schools require academic achievement testing in addition to basic IQ testing for admission into gifted programs. If you need both achievement testing and intelligence testing, you will typically incur an additional 1.5 hours of testing and the total cost for the entire assessment will be $900.

 

Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluations:

Some clients want a broad academic assessment aimed at determining what their cognitive strengths and weaknesses are, whether they have a learning disability (such as dyslexia), and whether they have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Most comprehensive psychoeducational assessments take 4-6 weeks to complete, assuming we meet about once per week. At the first session, I conduct an intake interview aimed at learning a lot of information about the client's developmental history, social functioning, academic and/or career experience, emotional problems, stressors, and a variety of other topics. During the next 2-3 sessions, I conduct cognitive and psychological testing and may speak to other people in your life to gather additional information (for example, with your permission, I may speak with a child's teacher). I then take 1-2 weeks to gather the results and write up an assessment report. After the report is done, we have a feedback meeting during which I share my conclusions with you and discuss recommendations.This type of comprehensive evaluation generally costs $2200.

 

ADHD Assessments:

Some clients contact me to get a thorough ADHD assessment, often after they have received a diagnosis from a physician following a very brief, questionnaire-based assessment. I conduct ADHD assessments using a variety of methods (e.g., questionnaires, interviews, cognitive processing tasks, measures of executive functioning, etc.), and can therefore provide a much better informed diagnostic picture along with appropriate recommendations for intervention. The price for this type of evaluation depends on what the client specifically wants me to do (e.g., Does s/he just want a 2nd opinion with minimal testing? Does s/he want full educational testing plus an ADHD eval? etc.). I am happy to talk through pricing during our initial phone consult.

Diagnostic Evaluations:

For patients who desire a one-time, basic psychiatric evaluation and treatment recommendations, I typically schedule a single two-hour session. I will use interviews and questionnaires to help narrow in on your diagnostic conceptualization, and share my results with you in oral (and when requested, written) format. These evaluations typically cost $200-$400, depending upon the time involved and the level of written documentation desired by the client.

 

***Please note that I do not conduct forensic or custody evaluations***

 

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