Psychological Evaluation

What It Is
This evaluation measures a child's social and emotional functioning in order to conceptualize and accurately diagnose any psychological difficulties.

When It’s Needed
A psychological evaluation is warranted if any of the following behaviors or situations is present
• Excessive self-criticism
• Poor self-image or low self-esteem
• Self-injurious behavior
• Frequent crying
• Lack of energy
• Difficulty sleeping
• Excessive worry or anxiety
• Unusual or irrational fears
• Avoidance behaviors
• Repetitive behaviors
• Tic disorders
• Strained or inadequate peer relationships
• Family discord
• Tendency to isolate
• Refusal to eat
• Distorted body image
• Binging and/or purging behaviors
• Frequent or excessive mood swings
• Tendency toward high-risk behaviors
• Perfectionism that negatively impacts performance or
• Unusual behaviors (e.g. hoarding specific objects, rituals)
• Tendency to see or hear things that aren’t there
• Magical belief systems that are inappropriate to a child’s

Potential Benefits
Accurate diagnosis of psychological difficulties will lead to treatment strategies that work to improve social relationships, self-esteem, energy, view of self, ability to initiate, emotional stability, and academic performance. Children may feel less overwhelmed, more in control, and happier. They may demonstrate more positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Our recommended strategies will include interventions at home and at school. You may also find it helpful to make an appointment with one of our clinicians for counseling.

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