Understanding Psychological Testing: A Compassionate Approach

What is Psychological Testing?
Psychological testing, also called Psychological Screening, provides a deeper understanding of an individual’s mental health, much like medical tests help diagnose physical ailments. These assessments carefully observe and quantify behaviors and abilities, serving as critical tools in diagnosing mental health conditions and crafting personalized treatment plans. While outcomes from these tests are not guaranteed, they play an invaluable role in guiding mental health professionals on the most effective interventions and strategies for care.

Who Performs Psychological Testing?
Only the most qualified professionals conduct psychological testing. These are typically psychologists with doctoral-level education (Licensed Psychologists, LP) or master’s-level education (Licensed Master’s Level Psychologists, LMLP) who operate under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Their rigorous training spans various domains of psychological assessment, including personality and cognitive evaluations, enabling them to specialize further as needed. Additionally, certain assessments related to learning, speech, and cognitive functions may be administered within educational settings to support diverse learning needs.

At Heartland Community Health Center, we pride ourselves on our commitment to inclusivity and understanding. We offer specialized evaluations for:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Development Disabilities
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)

 

These evaluations are designed with sensitivity to the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals and non-traditional family structures, ensuring that all clients feel respected and valued throughout the process.

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Psychological Evaluations at Heartland an Panda Pediatrics

Our Thorough and Respectful Testing Process

  1. Initial Consultation: This 90-minute initial meeting involves the psychologist, the patient, and, when appropriate, the patient’s caregivers. It’s a time to gather comprehensive histories and gain an understanding of the patient’s current functioning. This session sets the foundation for subsequent steps tailored to the individual’s needs.

  2. Testing Day: A detailed session lasting 4-8 hours where various psychological assessments are conducted. It’s essential for caregivers of minors to be nearby, providing support and involvement as necessary to create a supportive environment.

  3. Feedback Session: During this final hour-long meeting, the psychologist will share findings with the patient and their caregivers, discussing diagnoses and recommending treatment paths. This session informs the detailed report, which will later be finalized and made available through the medical records department for sharing with relevant support networks.

 

Cost and Scheduling
We understand that accessibility is crucial. Coverage for psychological assessment services can vary, so we encourage you to reach out to your insurance provider for specific information. Please be aware there is a waitlist for services, reflecting the high demand for our thorough and respectful approach. We are actively working to reduce waiting times and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Heartland accepts patients who are uninsured, people with Medicaid or Medicare, and most commercial insurance.

We offer a sliding fee scale for our patients, making high-quality care affordable.  Patients who fit our income guidelines (≤ 200% Federal Poverty Level) are eligible for the sliding fee scale once they provide proof of income. This sliding fee scale is used to discount all out-of-pocket costs.

Heartland Community Health Center and Panda Pediatrics  are LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces.

 

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Our team at Heartland is dedicated to providing sensitive, inclusive, and comprehensive psychological evaluations that respect the diverse experiences of all individuals and families we serve. If you believe that you or a loved one could benefit from our services, please contact us for more information about how we can help support your journey toward improved mental health and well-being.

Dr. Meaghan McEachern, Clinical Psychologist, performs Psychological Testing at Heartland and Panda Pediatrics.

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Mental & Behavioral Health Team

Dr. Nick evengelidis

CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST

Board-Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Dr. Meaghan McEachern

Clinical Psychologist

Accepting New Patients

Alex Rodenbeek a therapist in Lawrence, Kanas

Alex Rodenbeek

LSCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant Lead

ART Certified. Accepting patients age 16 and older.

Amanda Coonrod

LSCSW, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Play Therapy Certified. Pediatric Therapist.

Megan Davies

MEGAN DAVIES

LSCSW, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified. Pediatric Therapist.

LMSW, Behavioral Health

JENNY ROBINSON

LSCSW, Behavioral Health Consultant Lead

LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapist, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Certified

Rob Loehr

APRN, PSYCHIATRY

Psychiatric Advanced Registered Nurse.

Jacob Schooler

LSCSW, Behavioral Health

Specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and treatment for survivors of sexual assault and/or trauma.

Aimee T. Dunnam

DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PSYCHIATRY

Available for Telehealth Appointments.

News & Information from Heartland

If You Are Experiencing A Crisis

If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988Lifeline.org. 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help. Reach out to the Suicide Hotline by calling or texting 9-8-8 any time. It’s free and confidential.

The Treatment & Recovery Center (TRC) of Douglas County is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. No appointments necessary. The TRC is located at 1000 W 2nd Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. The TRC provides crisis care through urgent care, treatment, and recovery.

Urgent Care: anyone in crisis can come to the TRC for immediate access to behavioral health crisis assessment and treatment. Treatment: the TRC will provide a safe, structured environment for individuals experiencing a severe mental health or substance use crisis using trauma-informed methods. Recovery: the TRC will provide care coordination, treatment and support to create a safety net of access to community resources and programs, providing a road map and community for a stable future. More information can be located at www.trcdgks.org.

Feeling down, overwhelmed or stressed? If you or a loved one needs help or wants to talk, HeadQuarters Kansas counselors are standing by to help. Call 785-841-2345, text 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org anytime, 24/7/365. All calls are free and confidential.

Douglas County Crisis Line: Call 785-841-2345

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call 988 or text HELP to 988

Online Chat: 988lifeline.org