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Psychological Testing: What To Do When You Aren't Seeing The Progress You Expected With Therapy

Psychological testing can be an additional resource for someone who wants a deeper understanding of their emotional and mental wellbeing. This blog will focus on other options for you when other methods, like therapy, begin to feel stagnant and/or the progress you expected to see in yourself (or your loved one) has changed.


Beginning To Feel Like Therapy Stopped Working?

Let’s be real, there may be moments in your therapeutic journey where you might feel like your therapy sessions aren't as effective as you had hoped. When this happens, it can feel overwhelming; you’re doing the hard part by showing up for yourself in each session, but it still feels like you haven’t made much progress, which may result in feelings of resentment or disheartenment. Fortunately, traditional therapy sessions are not the only thing that can help with your healing. Psychological testing is another way to help you determine what your underlying challenges may be and help you refine how you participate in therapy.


What Is Psychological Testing?

At PEARS, we can provide you with a comprehensive and individualized psychological evaluation that will help you determine your individual needs. Psychological evaluations can be thought of a tool that is meant to help you better understand yourself, which can help lead your therapist, clinician, or other professional to provide resources specifically tailored to your needs. While psychological testing is often based on referrals, individuals also have the opportunity to seek out an evaluation for themselves. You can present your concerns about feeling stagnant in therapy and ask to be assessed to ensure all areas are looked at a deeper level. For example, if you have tried explaining to your therapist a specific reaction you have that is associated with a trigger but you cannot understand why that reaction is being enacted, then a psychological evaluation may help you determine where those actions and patterns stem from. After receiving an evaluation, you can take the knowledge back to your therapist and find more personalized goals to conquer with the newfound direction that your assessment results provided.


Does It Replace My Therapy Sessions?

No, psychological testing is seldom meant to be looked at as the final result from your time in therapy sessions, but rather a new direction to a destination that remains the same. Both

practices are meant to work with one another to contribute to your overall healing journey; by these two resources working hand in hand, you will be utilizing all areas of your emotional and mental well-being. It may seem like a simple solution to simply take the assessment and work on the issue yourself, but your therapist can help your apply your evaluation results to your daily life and routines.


Find The Right Path For You

Healing journeys are rarely linear, and it often takes individuals years of learning and unlearning habits to create a healthier lifestyle. This is why psychological testing can be so fruitful. There are many ways to get closer to your end result, but psychological assessments can show you a more direct and personalized approach. If you are looking for psychological testing, please feel free to contact us so we can get started on helping you find the right healing methods you want and need.




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