Psychological Assessment

What can a Psychology assessment help with?

In some circumstances, psychological difficulties can entail a complex interaction of emotional, interpersonal, behavioural, or cognitive/intellectual difficulties. In these cases, there is a need for clarity and expert understanding in order to establish the specific nature and severity of the problems and to determine which interventions are likely to be most beneficial. Often, there is also a requirement for a detailed written report which can be used to inform family members and professionals and to serve as a record of a person's needs. At Purple House, we provide a range of in-depth professional psychological assessments for such circumstances. (Please note, these are different from pre-therapy assessments, which are usually shorter in duration and do not usually result in a written report.) 
Our Clinical and Forensic Psychologists provide expert in-depth psychological assessments for adults and children, for a wide range of presentations*, including:
  • Mental health difficulties e.g. depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress
  • Emotional/behavioural difficulties
  • Personality or interpersonal difficulties
  • Challenging behaviour 
  • Complex developmental trauma (e.g. Looked After/Adopted Children)
  • Neuropsychological (cognitive) difficulties
  • IQ / cognitive ability levels
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Educational Psychology assessments are also available* for:
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Specific learning difficulties (e.g. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Gifted and Talented
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Further diagnostic Psychiatry assessments are available* for:
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • ADHD
* Please note, there is some geographical variance in terms of the services offered.

What does assessment entail?

The nature and duration of the assessment will vary depending on the individual presentation and on whether the client is a child or an adult. Several different aspects of a person's functioning are usually assessed, for example, emotional well-being, social functioning, behaviour, adaptive skills, personality and cognitive capabilities. They may include clinical interview, taking a developmental history, reading of any relevant personal records or reports, psychometric testing, questionnaires, and (in the case of children) behavioural or play-based assessments. Assessments usually take place over several sessions.


What can I expect following an assessment?

In-depth assessment packages includes a written report. We apply expert scientific knowledge about the brain and human behaviour to the assessment information, providing an invaluable insight into a person's functioning, together with plans and recommendations for help.


The cost will depend on the nature and breadth of the assessment required.
Please contact us for further information.