“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again” – Abraham Maslow

Psychological assessments help identify existing mental health or neurodevelopmental conditions, the factors that contribute to such conditions, as well as ways in which a young person can be supported so to ensure their optimal well-being and development.

Although there are various types of assessments, most involve an in-depth clinical interview, completion of evidence-based and standardized psychological tests, as well as a review of collateral information provided by parents and other important figures in a young person’s life (e.g., teachers, probation officers, family physicians, therapists). A detailed report is prepared to describe the results of the assessment and prospective recommendations for moving forward.

Neurodevelopmental assessment

A comprehensive assessment of existing neurodevelopmental concerns such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Mental health assessment

A comprehensive assessment of existing mental health diagnoses (e.g., Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Psychotic Disorders, Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders).

Risk and safety assessment

A comprehensive assessment of risk and safety concerns related to non-suicidal self-harm, suicide, or aggression.

Psycho-educational assessment

A comprehensive assessment of cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning so to better understand a young person’s strengths and areas of need in the school-setting, with a focus on the identification of any existing exceptionalities, giftedness, or learning disabilities.