How can testing help me?
Psychological testing can be extremely valuable in helping to answer questions about human behavior and mental processes that have otherwise proven uncertain or difficult to explain. Dr. Nelson’s passion is for providing the diagnostic clarity that paves the way toward successful treatment and intervention.
When the reasons for a person’s struggles at home, at work, or in school are uncertain, when previous treatment approaches have been unsuccessful, or when clients simply need clear answers about the nature of a problem – Dr. Nelson is the caring professional to whom clients and colleagues alike can turn to conduct a thorough assessment and illuminate the truth of the situation.
Dr. Nelson performs comprehensive and evidence-based psychological evaluations for a wide range of presenting issues. Among the most common referral questions are ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays, learning disorders, mood disorders including depressive, anxiety, and bipolar conditions, disruptive behavioral patterns, trauma, memory loss, dementia, and personality functioning. Results from the assessment can then be used to inform decisions about treatment, academic accommodations or placement, or other services as needed.
How does this work?
Assessment usually begins with a comprehensive interview. Dr. Nelson will work with clients and caregivers to identify and clarify the issues of concern, gather background information on the individual’s history, symptoms, strengths, impairments, and relevant psychosocial factors, and conduct observation as needed. Direct testing then follows, and often can be completed in one day. Dr. Nelson will then interpret the test results, integrate them with observations and interview material, and create a detailed written report summarizing the findings and offering recommendations. Report preparation is typically concluded within two to three weeks.
I've been evaluated -
A psychological assessment is only as useful as the recommendations that emerge from the findings. Dr. Nelson ensures that each examinee comes away from the assessment process with specific, personalized, and evidence-based recommendations designed to address the client's concerns from clinical, medical, educational, and psychosocial perspectives. Dr. Nelson's ultimate goal is not merely to label or diagnose an individual, but rather, to identify the correct interventions that are most likely to help that individual achieve his or her goals for growth and change.