The Clinical Interview is conducted in the first counselling session on commencement of treatment in order for the clinician to form a clinical impression of the client’s presenting problems. Additional Psychological testing may also be undertaken as required based on individual client needs or as requested by clients or a third party with the client’s consent.
Psychological testing is sometimes required by psychologist to enable better understanding of a client and their behaviour or assist the clinician to try to develop a comprehensive understanding of a person’s mental health problems, personality, IQ, strengths, weaknesses and/or other presenting factors. Please note that there will be an additional fee if formal psychological testing needs to be undertaken, however, there are no additional fees for the Clinical Interview and the standard psychological assessments which are undertaken as part of most treatment plans (please refer to fees section). Below is a description of some examples of psychological testing which may be provided.
These tests are often questionnaires which are completed by the client and some are administered by the psychologist in the session in the form of a clinical interview at various stages of treatment typically on commencement to provide an overview of the client’s current functioning, the severity of presenting symptoms and can screen for the presence of mental health problems such as anxiety disorders and depression. Tests may be readministered to assess levels of change and progress achieved by clients post commencement of treatment. There are no additional fees for this type of testing.
Blissful Mind Psychology does not currently provide cognitive assessments such as Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) and Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC).
These tests are used to measure a person’s IQ as well as levels of cognitive functioning in specific areas such as short term memory, long term memory, working memory, abstract reasoning, visuo-spatial and visuo-motor skills and can screen for any neurological and learning problems associated with traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, dementias, developmental disorders and psychological/ psychiatric disorders.
There are no fees for this type of testing and is often incorporated into the treatment plan and become part of strategies and interventions used to assist clients with their difficulties. Behavioural Assessments are conducted to measure a person’s behaviour in order to better understand the connection between a person’s moods and behaviour to identify and target the behaviours which may be contributing to the maintenance of the client’s presenting issues.
Behavioural Assessment may be done in various ways including direct observation of the client’s behaviours by the psychologist in the session, self administered inventories (for example, Beck Depression Inventory) and the client engaging in self monitoring of his or her mood for at least one week (mood diary/ activity schedule).
Personality Assessments helps the clinician as well as the client to better understand his or her personality and screen for personality disorders or deviations in personality which can be used in vocational or clinical settings. These tests can also help the professional to better determine the most suitable treatment approach to be utilised that best meets the needs of the person.