Psychodiagnostic Evaluations

Understanding the Value of Psychodiagnostic Evaluations: Who Needs Them and How They Help

What Is It and Who Needs a Psychodiagnostic Evaluation:

A psychodiagnostic evaluation, also known as a psychological assessment or diagnostic assessment, is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a trained psychologist to assess an individual’s psychological functioning, mental health status, and diagnostic formulation. These evaluations are conducted using a variety of assessment tools, techniques, and methods to gather information about the individual’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and overall mental well-being.

How Can A Psychodiagnostic Evaluation Help?

It can help in several different ways:

  • Diagnostic Clarification
    • To assess and diagnose mental health conditions, disorders, or concerns such as depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and others.


  • Treatment Planning 
    • To inform treatment planning and intervention strategies tailored to the individual’s specific needs and circumstances.


  • Risk Assessment
    • To assess for potential risk factors, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, or harm to others, and develop appropriate safety plans if necessary. 


  • Personality Assessment
    • To assess personality traits, coping styles, interpersonal patterns, and other psychological factors that may impact the individual’s mental health and functioning. 

What Happens During a Psychodiagnostic Evaluation at Center for Resiliency:

The process begins with the patient meeting with their dedicated Testing Evaluator, who conducts a thorough and multi-dimensional clinical interview to gather information about the individual’s presenting concerns, history, symptoms, and relevant psychosocial factors.

The Testing Evaluator then administers standardized psychological tests and measures to assess cognitive functioning, personality traits, emotional states, behavioral patterns, and specific symptomatology. Collateral information, such as medical records, school reports, previous assessments, and input from family members or other professionals involved in the individual’s care are also obtained. Direct observation of the individual’s behavior, interactions, and emotional expressions during the evaluative process as also considered during the interpretation of results. Patients are seen and conceptualized as a ‘whole’ person in our evaluative process. 

Afterwards, in the Post-Evaluation phase, the Testing Evaluator analyzes and interprets the results of the evaluation and prepares a detailed report outlining the findings, explanations, and recommendations.  

Once the report is completed, the patient, and/or parents, and their CFR Testing Evaluator will meet for a Post-Evaluation Feedback session, during which results and any recommendations are explained with clarity. 

At every step of the way, your CFR Testing Evaluator will answer any of your questions and ensure you understand the process, results, and recommendations.

Psychological Evaluations for Trauma

If you have experienced a stressful life event(s) that catapulted emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social shifts in you, maybe you are suffering from post-trauma sequelae. Not every stressful or traumatic life event will result in the development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Some individuals with trauma histories can present with a straightforward, clear-symptoms presentation, but others will present with complex and seemingly confusing symptoms. If you need help identifying how your trauma history has impacted your emotion regulation, perspectives, and behaviors, then a trauma-informed evaluation can help answer those questions.  

The goal of a trauma-informed psychological evaluation is to obtain the most reliable and valid information about an individual’s exposure to traumatic events and determine if/how it is linked to their current symptomatology, present health and overall functioning. Trauma -informed evaluations can be a valuable resource for attorneys and courts striving to obtain a fair and effective representation of clients who have suffered adverse life events. 

At CFR, all psychological evaluations are performed by licensed psychologists who receive specialized training in the type of evaluation they are providing to you.