FAQs (click on question to view answer)

Why would I need a psychological assessment?

  • To document mental health stability required by various organizations
    • The military
    • Employers
    • Schools
    • Adoption agencies
  • To differentiate between two diagnoses
    • Bipolar disorder vs. borderline personality disorder
    • AD/HD vs. Anxiety
  • To rule out diagnoses
    • A learning disorder is not the explanation for this child’s academic difficulties
    • This does not qualify as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • To determine if a diagnosis is appropriate
    • This experience is best and most efficiently described as autism spectrum disorder
    • The presentation of his client would fit the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sometimes a clear, clinical diagnosis can assist in obtaining assistance in schools
    • Developing an individualized educational program (IEP) or 504 plan
    • Establishing accommodations to assist with academic requirements
  • To assist in medication choices
    • Bipolar disorder vs. depressive disorder
    • AD/HD with anxious symptoms

What does Envision test for?

  • IQ – children and adults (ages 2 ½ years and older)
  • Giftedness
  • Learning difficulties/disabilities
  • Twice exceptionality (giftedness alongside a learning or mental/emotional disorder)
  • AD/HD Assessment
  • Behavior problems
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Psychological functioning (e.g. requests from military, employer, spouse, etc.)
  • Adoption Evaluation
  • Trauma Evaluation
  • Gender Dysphoria

How do I know if testing will be beneficial?

  • Each situation is different. The testing psychologist will ask for the relevant information in the intake session and will give recommendations on how to proceed.
  • Generally speaking, we do not test individuals if they have been assessed with the same test within the past year.
  • Young children (3-4 years old) in Douglas County who are suspected to be gifted can be assessed through the Douglas County School District Early Access procedures.

What will I need to bring to the intake session?

  • Completed Envision paperwork
  • Previous testing is always helpful
  • If a child is being tested, it may be helpful to have them present during the intake session

How does it work?

  • The process includes an initial intake appointment with a testing psychologist.
  • During the intake appointment,
    • We determine what questions need to be answered. For example,
      • Does my child have AD/HD?
      • Are we an appropriate fit for international adoption?
      • Will I be a risk for violence at my place of employment?
      • Does a learning disorder get in the way of my child’s academic achievement?
      • Is my child gifted?
    • We begin to gather information to determine the answer to these answer these questions.
    • We give you a recommendation form with assessments that will be needed to answer the questions (or we would recommend no further testing).
  • We then schedule testing sessions and give you any checklists to fill out.
  • We complete the testing sessions as needed.
  • Finally, we schedule a feedback session at least a week after the final testing session.  At the feedback session, we give you the results of the assessments, and answer the questions that prompted this process. We provide a written report with the results and answer questions you have.

How much does it cost?

  • Cost depends on what assessments are required. This information will be given at the end of the intake session.
  • Cost includes
    • assessment materials
    • administration of the assessments
    • scoring and interpretation of the results
    • development of recommendations
    • write up of results
    • final feedback session and written report

Does insurance cover psychological assessment?

  • Envision does not contract with any insurance companies. However, we can provide a superbill that you can submit to your insurance provider.
  • In general, insurance companies do not cover testing for giftedness (such as IQ tests).