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Psychological Assessments

Assessments can include ADHD Assessments, Gifted Assessments, and Psychoeducational Assessments. Used to provide a diagnosis, inform your treatment plan, and understand your strengths to make learning and focus at work, school, and home easier.

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When day-to-day life seems harder than it should.

Difficulty in learning or processing information can make everyday tasks like focusing in school or at work, and navigating social interactions seem overwhelming. You need clear answers and a direction.

Psychological assessments are designed to help you better understand the areas in which you or your child is struggling, and get the right support to succeed.

Assessments can provide the clarity and support you need.


What Are Psychological Assessments?

Psychological assessment refers to the process of collecting information, through a variety of methods, about a person’s cognitive abilities, socio-emotional functioning, personality, and behaviour. A psychological assessment is used to determine a clinical diagnosis for a variety of conditions such as ADHD, learning difficulties, giftedness, or certain mental health disorders. An assessment can bring a sense of clarity by helping you understand yourself or your child’s behaviour, learning style, and unique strengths and challenges.

What sets a psychological assessment apart is that they are objective, which means that the person being evaluated is diagnosed based on their responses to a scientifically standardized set of questions. Our team of specialists is committed to improving the services we provide. With access to a comprehensive library of psychological tests, we can provide diagnoses and recommendations to access academic support and other specific programs.

The specific challenges you or your child are facing will determine which assessment will provide the most clarity.

Types of Assessments

In our first session, we will learn about your story and determine what type of assessment is the right next step.

A Gifted Assessment is recommended when your child or teen is showing signs of having exceptional intellectual abilities or talents. It’s used to identify giftedness, which can include a high IQ or exceptional skills in areas such as maths, the arts, or language. Identifying giftedness allows educators to tailor an education plan to their specific needs.

The assessment involves cognitive testing and includes interviews and observations that provide a clear understanding of a child’s cognitive strengths and any areas where they can benefit from extra enrichment.

A Psychoeducational Assessment is conducted when a child, teen, or adult is struggling academically or behaviourally in school or university. It’s used to identify learning disabilities, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and socio-emotional or behavioural challenges that may be affecting their educational performance.

This assessment typically involves interviews, cognitive and academic testing, rating scales, and behavioural observations. It can help clarify the underlying reasons for a student’s difficulties and provide a roadmap for tailored interventions and support. It can also be used for determining accommodations for college or university. By pinpointing specific challenges and strengths, recommendations on how to best support learning, well-being and development can be determined.

An ADHD Assessment is recommended when there are concerns about someone’s ability to focus, control impulses, or manage hyperactivity. It’s used to diagnose Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and differentiate it from other mental health or learning issues.

The assessment typically includes interviews, testing of attention, rating scales, and behavioural observations. It provides a clear diagnosis of ADHD and helps determine the type (inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or combined). With this diagnosis, parents, educators, and healthcare professionals can develop targeted strategies and interventions to manage symptoms and support the individual’s academic, work, and social success.

A Diagnostic Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation used to diagnose a range of mental health conditions in children, teens and adults. It may be necessary when a young person exhibits emotional or behavioural concerns that impact their daily life, such as depression, anxiety, or social challenges.

This assessment involves clinical interviews, rating scales, and observations to diagnose mental health conditions accurately. It provides a clear understanding of a person’s socio-emotional and psychological well-being. Once a diagnosis is established, a tailored treatment plan can be developed, which may include therapy, medication, or other interventions to address the specific condition and improve overall well-being.

Psychological assessments provide the answers and resources you and your child need to succeed!
Dr. Karina Zorzella, Clinical Psychologist & Director at East Lake Centre Psychological Services, speaking English and Portuguese

Dr. Karina Zorzella, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist & Director


Why Work With East Lake Centre Psychological Services

We are passionate about the work we do and are dedicated to helping clients reach their full potential.

Our team of therapists is committed to helping you identify the challenges that are keeping you stuck and nurture the strengths that will be the stepping stones to lasting change.

We provide the therapy and assessments that will guide you to understanding yourself better so you can live a life that feels right - for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the first step?

The first step is to book a free brief phone intake. Once this step is completed, we can book an assessment intake session. During this meeting, we will learn more about the challenges you are facing. We may ask questions about behaviours, emotions, learning difficulties, or any specific challenges you’ve noticed to help us determine whether a psychological assessment is necessary and which one would be most beneficial.

How long a psychological assessment takes can be different for each person and depends on what kind of assessment it is. After the assessment, we take the time to look at the results and discuss them with you, and then we provide you with a written report.

In general, it might take 2-3 weeks to complete an assessment. We typically provide you feedback and a written report in about 4 weeks following testing.

The psychological assessment process itself is designed to be as comfortable and non-invasive as possible. While some assessments may include challenging questions or tasks, the focus is on gaining a better understanding of your child’s strengths and challenges, not causing distress. Our team is committed to helping you feel heard and supported throughout the process. Most people feel that the process is worth it because of the valuable insights and support for addressing their concerns that an assessment provides.

The main goal of a psychological assessment is to help you gain a deeper understanding of the current challenges you’re facing. After the assessment is done, we will talk with you and create a plan that fits your needs, including things like therapy, help with school, or strategies to help manage behaviour. We won’t leave you with a diagnosis and medical jargon-filled report – we take the time to answer all of your questions and start you on a path of continued support.

The decision to invest in a psychological assessment should be considered in the context of the potential benefits it can bring. While assessments may involve costs, they are an investment in understanding and addressing mental and emotional challenges that you’re dealing with. One of the biggest issues that families face with these challenges is the lack of support, which usually stems from a lack of clarity surrounding them. Once you have a diagnosis, a clear direction for treatment and the resources required can begin to be pursued.

If you still have questions, reach out! We’d love to hear from you.

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Positive Results with Assesssments

Every person and situation is different, and while we are unable to guarantee specific outcomes, over time you may notice improvements such as:

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