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Psychological Assessments & Evaluations in our Canton Office
To schedule an appointment today, contact Fresh Start for the Mind at (404) 808-1161.
Psychological Assessments & Evaluations are valuable for understanding underlying factors to emotional, behavioral, and learning problems
For many individuals, a psychological assessment or evaluation is the best first step in understanding and improving oneself. It provides an in-depth view of one’s issues and offers specific recommendations in overcoming emotional distress and improving in a variety of environments like school, home, social, work, etc. Dr. Jones and her staff have a great interest and skill in assessing issues that may underlie psychological symptoms and difficulties. They pride themselves on considering all areas of functioning, including physical health symptoms that may mimic mental health disorders.
- Intelligence & Academic Abilities (incl. Cognitive Disorders & Learning Disabilities)
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) Planning
- Attention-Deficit (& Hyperactivity) Disorders
- Autism-spectrum Disorders
- Oppositional Defiance and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
- Mood & Anxiety Disorders (incl. Bipolar, Depressive, Anxiety, and Trauma-impacts)
- Court-Ordered or Court-Involved Evaluations (incl. Parental Fitness & Custody)
- Personality Functioning
- Substance Abuse Disorders
Brooke A. Jones, Psy.D.
Dr. Jones is a Licensed Psychologist, who specializes in psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. As an evaluator, Dr. Jones takes pride in offering comprehensive and thorough assessments, and considering all areas of functioning, including physical health and environmental/cultural issues that may mimic or underlie psychological disorders. She writes comprehensive and clear reports that offer solid insight and helpful recommendations for individuals with Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Trauma Impacts. Dr. Jones earned her Doctorate & Master of Arts degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University Atlanta). She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Hampton University in Virginia. In 2009, she completed an APA-approved internship in Chicago, IL, while completing her dissertation, “Attributational Styles in Sexually Abused Children: Age, Gender, & Ethnicity Differences.” She has also held clinical positions in group practices and taught undergraduate studies in psychology. Personally, Dr. Jones comes from a big, loving family. She is an active Christian and youth group leader. She enjoys watching football and traveling with her husband and toddler son.
Insurance & Fees
For many services, insurance benefits can be applied. Fresh Start for the Mind, LLC accepts some major insurance plans. For out-of-network insurances, a superbill receipt can be provided for your personal reimbursement request.
Psychological evaluations are $150 per unit (the amount of units will depend on your testing needs). The psychologist is happy to discuss the various types of evaluations and amount of testing required for your or your child’s needs.
You are responsible for understanding your insurance and contacting your insurance carrier when requested. The collection of benefits or any other arrangement regarding third party payment is the responsibility of the client or legal guardian. You are responsible for notifying Fresh Start for the Mind, LLC of any change in your insurance prior to your next scheduled appointment. Otherwise, you will be required to pay in full for your visit immediately upon discovery.
+What is a psychological evaluation?
An evaluation battery varies depending upon the referral question(s), and may include structured and collateral interviews, IQ and/or achievement test(s), measures of attention and behavioral functioning, projective tests, self-report measures, parent and teacher checklists, and behavioral observations. One or two testing sessions may be required depending on a child’s age and number of tests/measures given.
Some insurance companies may cover costs for psychological evaluation, but may require a pre-certification session. Costs for the evaluation include the administration, scoring and interpretation of tests, and a prepared report. If required by your insurance company, your psychologist can answer any questions that you may have or provide specific names of tests that will be administered.
If you do not have this form of mental health coverage or opt to pay out of pocket, the cost for a full assessment is determined by the total number of test units required based on the referral question(s). The psychologist can provide an estimate based on a brief phone interview or a more precise quote following a scheduled in-office intake session ($150 if not billed to insurance). Notably, the information from the intake session will be vital and useful for the actual evaluation and specific next-step recommendations too. All payments can be made by cash, Visa or Mastercard, Health Savings Account (HSA), or check.
+How should I prepare for the psychological evaluation?
The following tips will help prepare your child:
- Before the day of testing, inform the child of what the day will be like. Avoid calling the evaluation “testing” or “a doctor’s appointment,” as this may create anxiety and limited cooperation.
- Make sure your child knows they will be meeting alone with the psychologist to better understand how they learn, why they have experienced difficulties, to improve their behavior, etc. Inform your child that the evaluation may include a variety of questions, puzzles, drawings, and stories, as well as some school-like tests like reading and math. While they will be challenged, he or she will also likely have fun with some of these tests.
- On the day of the evaluation, be sure your child is well rested and has eaten a good breakfast or lunch.
- If your child is participating in an extensive evaluation (e.g., over 2 hours), be sure to bring a drink and snack, as he or she will be allowed breaks to avoid fatigue, use the bathroom, and/or quickly chat with their parent(s). NOTE: for children under age 12, we require parents remain in our lobby for the duration of the testing. Otherwise, it is at your discretion to remain or run errands, but please make sure that the office has your cell number so that you can be reached in case of emergency.