Navigating the Mind Through Psychological Testing

Are you struggling with overwhelming emotions, persistent negative thoughts or daily stressors?

If so, it may be time to consider psychological testing, which serves as an essential gateway to self-understanding and mental wellness. These tools can help identify cognitive, behavioral and mental functioning patterns, providing key insights into conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and more!

Recogonizing When to Seek a Psychological Test

Psychological testing can provide valuable insights into your mental and emotional well-being, helping you understand your strengths, challenges and potential areas for growth. If you find yourself experiencing unexplained changes in your behavior, mood or cognitive functioning, consider a psych test. These changes may include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety or emptiness
  • Excessive fears, worries or feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes, from highs (mania) to lows (depression)
  • Social withdrawal and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Decreased energy or fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss, noticeable weight loss or gain
  • Thoughts of death, suicide plans or attempts
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain
  • Increased agitation, restlessness, irritability or anger
  • Unexplained crying spells or bouts of emotional instability
  • Risky behaviors
  • Difficulty managing daily stress and problems
  • Significant changes in school or work performance
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself, it may be time to consider a psychological test. It’s important to remember there’s no shame in seeking help. In fact, taking the step to understand your mental health is a strong move towards self-care and personal

Specialty Areas of Psychological Testing

Our team of highly skilled therapists is dedicated to providing comprehensive psychological testing with a focus on several specialty areas. These areas include:



Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without Hyperactivity)

Our professionals will help you understand the unique challenges of ADD/ADHD, providing strategies for managing symptoms and improving focus, organization, and time-management skills.

Behavioral and Adaptive Functioning

Through assessments, we’ll identify behavioral patterns and adaptive skills, offering insights to help you adapt healthier habits and coping mechanisms to navigate through life’s challenges effectively.

Emotional & Behavioral Functioning

Our testing can reveal underlying emotional and behavioral issues that may be affecting your day-to-day life. We’ll work with you to develop strategies for managing these issues, promoting emotional wellbeing and healthier behavioral responses.

Intellectual & Academic Functioning

We offer assessments that can identify strengths and weaknesses in intellectual and academic functioning. This understanding can help enhance your learning experience, academic performance, and overall intellectual growth.

IQ and Academic Skills Assessment

Whether you’re preparing for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, aiming for college success, or seeking career development, our IQ and academic skills assessments can provide valuable insights to maximize your potential.

Psychoeducational Assessments (Dyslexia and Dysgraphia)

We specialize in psychoeducational assessments for conditions like Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. These assessments can help identify learning difficulties and provide strategies to overcome them, fostering academic success and confidence.

Our goal is to empower you with self-understanding so that you can make informed decisions about your mental health and life paths. Start your journey of self-discovery today with our psychological testing services.

Psychological Testing & Evaluation Services at Focus Forward

When we understand what we’re working with, we have a sense of control over our difficulties. Psychological assessments can immensely help the progress of counseling.

A psychological evaluation includes the administration, scoring and interpretation of your test, plus written reports which provide valuable recommendations for treatment. We pride ourselves on providing clear, comprehensive feedback. We will sit down with you and take the time to explain the results, answer your questions, and provide insights specific to your needs. Ultimately, we want you to have a clear understanding of your concerns and know what steps are needed to address those concerns.

Individuals can be self-referred for an evaluation, or more typically, can be referred by a parent, medical professional, or school official.

The data that assessments offer can help both the counselor and client narrow the field and help focus the goals of counseling. Psychological testing is useful for guiding diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment considerations. At Focus Forward we offer a range of psychological assessments tailored to each individual’s needs.

Common Psychological Evaluation Options



(1) Symptom Checklists

Symptom checklists allow for baseline measurement of functioning at the beginning of counseling and regular, objective checkups to help us gauge progress throughout our work together.

(2) Personality Inventories

Personality inventories help you learn more about your strengths and limitations and how these will affect your progress within and beyond counseling.

(3) Career Counseling Inventories

Career counseling inventories help you learn more about how your personality characteristics and career interests are likely to influence your satisfaction with various work settings and roles.

(4) Complete Psychological Evaluations

Complete psychological evaluations help to assess intellectual functioning, academic abilities, behavioral and adaptive functioning, and interpersonal skills. These can be extremely useful when facing complex issues, such as when a child faces academic challenges and it’s unclear whether that’s due to a learning disability, difficulty with attention or hyperactivity, or a completely different factor.