Neuropsychological Testing

Cognitive rehabilitation and many areas of mental health counseling often begin with a neuropsychological assessment. To understand what a neuropsychological assessment is along with its battery of tests, it is important to first learn what the field of neuropsychology is and how it relates to mental health counseling.

What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is an experimental specialty within the field of psychology that specifically deals with the structure and function of the brain as it relates to behavior. Neuropsychology studies individuals with issues pertinent to the central nervous system (CNS), including, foremost, the brain and spinal cord. It aims to understand the ways in which behavior and cognition can fluctuate based on normal and/or abnormal brain functioning. It is also focused on identifying medical diagnoses that may be expressed in abnormal behavior or cognition. Neuropsychology guides subsequent treatment options to address such problems. It is essentially the bridge between psychology and neuroscience, and it has proven to be an integral component in rehabilitation services and management of symptoms for any and all individuals who have suffered some sort of nervous system illness or injury.

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment consists of a clinical interview in which a neuropsychologist gathers relevant biographical information from patients, including medical, psychiatric, social, family, birth, substance use/abuse, education, and employment history (much like any intake assessment for mental health counseling). The assessment also includes a brief, non-invasive, neurological exam, checking all vital and basic neurological functioning.

Following the interview, a thorough battery of tests are administered, including an IQ test. The tests measure each and every cognitive function, including, but not limited to, memory, attention, orientation, planning, organization, processing speed, problem solving, abstract thinking, perceptual reasoning, working memory, verbal reasoning, and executive functioning. These comprehensive tests represent much more than testing scores and screening tools alone. They are the substantive part of the process of neuropsychology that illustrates an individual’s current mental status. The numbers generated from these tests result in a reports from the neuropsychologist. They can be used to identify patterns of cognitive strengths and limitations, as well as accurate diagnosis of any disorders, and the severity of these disorders on impacting one’s overall brain function. These reports are used to effectively guide further rehabilitative efforts and treatment plans.

PIMH does NOT administer neuropsychological testing on site. We refer clients for the testing and use reports in developing treatment plans for each client.
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Benefits of Neuropsychological Testing

Insights gained from neuropsychological testing can effectively direct the efforts of mental health counselors and cognitive rehabilitation specialists. They can provide measurable guideposts and incentives for recovery and improvement. The objective is always to build on strengths and possibilities to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Complimentary Services at PIMH

PIMH maintains an holistic perspective for all clients and any and all issues they are looking to resolve. Even in cases of brain injury and concussion, as well as neurological disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and even in the case of adult issues of stroke, Parkinson's Disease, and MS, PIMH offers alternative and complimentary services in addition to cognitive rehabilitation and counseling. Together these services can bring improvement in health, cognition, behavior, a sense of well-being and self-esteem to those seeking change and growth. Check out the links below: