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    I have never had an evaluation before. What should I expect?

    Psychological evaluations are much less intimidating in real life than what you see on TV. Although they can be mentally tiring, evaluations are typically collaborative and interactive. 

    During your evaluation, Dr. Pacyon will first meet with you for a clinical interview. This interview is designed to get to know you as a whole person, learn about what you are struggling with, and clarify goals for the evaluation. 

    After the interview, we move on to objective testing, which differs based on the type of evaluation you need. You may be asked to complete personality assessments, psychoeducational or neuropsychological tests (e.g., intelligence and academic achievement tests) and/or tests to assess your ability to act safely and responsibly in the future. Each evaluation is tailored to your needs and your referral question(s) making each evaluation, and what you will be asked to do, quite unique. 

    What is the difference between a forensic assessment and a private assessment?

    Forensic assessments are for matters that involve the criminal justice system or civil litigation matters. These evaluations include frequent collaboration with an attorney and may or may not involve testimony in front of a judge and/or jury in court. 

    Should I take my prescribed medication on the day of the evaluation?

    Yes. You are strongly encouraged to take your medication as prescribed on the day of your evaluation, just as you would on any other day. Dr. Pacyon will ask about your medications during the clinical interview. 

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, it is difficult to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time an evaluation can take depends on a variety of factors. 

    However, we also understand that an estimate can be helpful for planning purposes. A psychological evaluation typically takes 3-4 hours in the office, a psychoeducational evaluation typically takes 6 hours in the office, and a neuropsychological evaluation can take anywhere from 10-16 hours in the office. 

    When will I receive my report?

    For non-forensic evaluations, clients can expect to receive their finalized evaluation reports within 10 business days of their last in-office appointment. 

    Is there anything I can do to prepare for my evaluation?

    Fortunately, there is not much you need to do to prepare for an evaluation. One of the best things you can do is get a good night’s sleep before the evaluation. During the evaluation, do your best to be open and honest, even if it’s a little uncomfortable.