If you’ve been referred for a psychological assessment, you might be curious about what to expect or why you need it. At his private practice in Beverly Hills, California, Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD, provides psychological assessments and testing to gather information about your mental health and cognitive abilities to form a diagnosis and treatment plan, clear you for specific medical procedures, or identify learning disabilities to ensure you receive the support you need to succeed academically. Call Dr. Mindia or schedule an appointment online today.
A psychological assessment is a specialty procedure that can only be performed by individuals with the proper training and education. Dr. Mindia’s role as an expert in human behavior is to understand test scores in the context of a person’s life along with their development, medical background, education, family, personal interests, and relationships.
By integrating a wide range of data, Dr. Mindia focuses diverse areas of knowledge, answers specific questions, and makes reasonable recommendations. Dr. Mindia works with adolescents as young as 12, adults, and also provides geriatric assessments for seniors.
Psychological assessments include an interview (which should feel like a conversation), observations, informal assessments, and psychological tests, which are sometimes called norm-referenced tests.
Don’t let the word “test” stress you out. Psychological testing doesn’t necessarily have right or wrong answers. Instead, Dr. Mindia uses the tests to diagnose learning disabilities such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and your psychological competency to have medical procedures like bariatric (weight loss) or back surgery.
A psychological assessment is a usual first step in receiving mental health care. Dr. Mindia needs to get to know you and develop his understanding of your symptoms and health. The testing provides diagnostic clarification, which helps him customize your treatment plan.
Dr. Mindia specializes in psychological assessments for:
You may also receive a referral for psychological testing if you need to have a life-changing surgical procedure such as bariatric surgery or back surgery.
Psychological assessments and testing aren’t like the tests you took in school, although you may feel like you’re being interviewed. And, to a certain extent, you are as Dr. Mindia asks questions and records your responses.
Normally, a psychological assessment requires several appointments, and it’s important that a psychological evaluation is completed quickly and thoroughly. Dr. Mindia schedules all testing sessions as soon as possible after the initial meeting. On average, psychological evaluations take three to four weeks from the first appointment to the feedback session.
Dr. Mindia does everything he can to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your assessment. If you feel overwhelmed, let him know, as everything you share helps him better understand your needs.
For more information about assessments and psychological testing, call or book an appointment with Dr. Mindia today.