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Psychological Assessment

What is psychological assessment?

A psychological assessment will help you better understand yourself and lay the groundwork for a plan to achieve the changes you wish to make. A good plan must be based on a comprehensive understanding of the individual, including their behaviours, problems, personality characteristics, abilities, and intellectual functioning. In some cases an assessment will result in a diagnosis which can guide the treatment plan. At Praxis Counselling, we assess adults.

Individuals often ask for a psychological assessment to confirm or clarify a diagnosis. Individuals may also want a profile of their strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the correct diagnosis can guide rehabilitation, education or vocational recommendations. Lastly, a psychological assessment can result in referrals to other specialists, such as occupational therapists, neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, dieticians, and others.

What will a psychological assessment be like?

The process of psychological assessment usually includes an interview, psychological testing, observations, and speaking with family members or other healthcare practitioners when necessary. You will attend 3-6 appointments, but the number of appointments will vary depending on the circumstances.

Following the formal assessment period, your psychologist will gather all the information, and will get a picture of the situation. This picture is called the clinical formulation, or the explanation of your difficulties. Clinical formulations are based on psychological theory and research that inform the opinion about the cause and nature of the difficulties and treatment recommendations. The psychologist will meet with you to go over the results and recommendations and you will have an opportunity to give feedback. You will also receive a written report summarizing all of the information. A written report may be produced upon request (fees may apply).

Dr. Anders Dorbeck, PsyD, CPysch

Registered Psychologist

I practice in the areas of Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology, with adults. I am especially passionate about using exposure-based strategies to help people with a range of anxiety and related difficulties, as well as common but challenging life circumstances flowing from relationships and work. I also provide a wide range of psychological assessment services.



Here you will find some answers to frequently asked questions. Please contact us with any other questions not answered below.

Is Praxis Counselling open during COVID-19?

To ensure your safety, and that of our team, all in-person sessions have been changed to online or phone sessions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your therapist directly. We will continue to follow the directions of our provincial government and our regulatory bodies to ensure the highest standards are met to keep us all safe and let you know of any updates as they occur. If you have any questions, please ask.

Are my sessions confidential?

Any information provided to your therapist is held in the strictest confidence. No information that you have shared with us can be shared without your specific consent. Our privacy policies will be shared and discussed with you at the beginning of your treatment.

What is your fee?

The fee for therapy depends on the qualifications of the therapist and the duration of the session. While counselling and psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP, many private/corporate/university health insurance plans cover psychotherapy services provided by Registered Social Workers or Occupational Therapists.

How long will I need to be in therapy for?

The length of time varies for each individual client and what they are seeking treatment for. That being said, we draw from science to give us a map of our clients’ treatment journey. Our approach help our clients learn skills and strategies to become their own therapist and understand how they can challenge unhelpful thinking patterns, and better manager their behaviours and emotions.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel a session, you must notify your therapist. Except under extenuating circumstances, you will be charged the full fee for any appointment that is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

How do I book an appointment?

Please contact us at (289) 430-5609 / info@praxiscounselling.ca

How do I get referred to your practice?

Referrals are not required and you can contact us directly. One member of our team will provide a free initial consultation by telephone. During this call, we will speak with you about why you are seeking treatment at this time and your goals for therapy. An initial appointment will then be set up at our earliest availability.

How does a healthcare provider refer to your practice?

Praxis Counselling welcomes referrals from all healthcare providers. Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will arrange for a free consultation and obtain relevant information for your client.

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