Psychological Testing

psych-testingAs part of our comprehensive approach to treatment, Helix Healing & Recovery offers a wide range of psychological testing services for individuals or families seeking diagnostic assessment or psychological evaluation. The testing and assessment process involves a structured clinical interview, review of previous treatment records and collateral information when available, the administration, scoring, and interpretation of one or several empirically validated psychological measures, and a feedback and debriefing session to discuss the results.  Written reports are available for clients and other designated parties when requested.

Psychological testing provides an avenue to establish or confirm diagnoses and evaluate various psychological characteristics or processes related to an individual’s symptom profile, personality structure, cognitive or intellectual functioning, emotional status, social and behavioral patterns, and strengths and resources.  Psychological testing assists in the comprehensive assessment of an individual’s need for specific therapeutic services and strongly supports the construction of a suitable, informed treatment plan to better understand the following issues:

  • Irritability, non-compliance
  • Behavioral impulsivity
  • Substance Abuse
  • ADHD/OCD/ODD
  • Mood disorders
  • Trauma

This testing process can be very useful in the assessment of ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Disorders, and any other problems with mood, emotions, behavior, learning, or social interaction.

Joanna Savarese, Ph.D.At Helix Healing & Recovery we believe in the benefits of using psychological testing to help provide important additional information about our clients and assist in the treatment planning process.  As part of each resident's admission, they will be administered a one-half day psychological testing battery from our testing specialist, Dr. Joanna Savarese.  Dr. Savarese is Co-Director of San Diego BrainWorks and an expert in the field of psychological testing.

For inquiries regarding these services or to request assessment, please contact our admissions department.

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