Frequently Asked Questions about Psychological Assessment Q: What does it cost? Psychological testing is labor intensive and requires a high level of expertise. The cost is dependent upon the measures required and the time involved in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the data. It also requires a written report and an appointment in which we discuss the results. In some cases, it will be necessary to review records and/or consult with your healthcare providers. The number of hours required to complete the full evaluation process from the test administration to the final appointment is based on the hourly rate of $175.00
Q: Does my health insurance cover this cost? Many mental health policies do cover psychological testing; however, there may be limitations or restrictions within your policy related to these services. I do contact your insurer to verify and determine your benefits prior to your first appointment. It is, however, highly recommended that you contact your insurer in order to determine if there will be any out of pocket costs to you. There is never a guarantee that your insurance policy will cover all costs, but discussing psychological testing with your insurer will provide you the most accurate information available regarding financial responsibility.
Q: How long does the assessment process take? Your assessment will include at least three appointments. The first appointment involves a comprehensive clinical interview and will last about one hour. At the end of this appointment we will schedule your testing date. On the day of testing, you will want to bring a snack and wear comfortable clothing as you may be in the office for several hours. You will be given breaks as needed and are permitted to move about freely during the process. The scoring, interpretation, and report writing may take from two to four weeks to complete. Upon completion of your report, I will contact you to set up your final appointment in which we will discuss your results and review recommendations.
Q: If I am the one having the evaluation, can I have my children wait in the reception area or stay with me during my appointment? I do understand the challenge of finding a sitter or someone to watch your child while you are being evaluated. For safety concerns, children are not to be left unattended in the reception area during your appointment. For privacy, and to maintain the therapeutic environment, I do not recommend having a child with you during your appointments.
Insurance Plans Accepted: Aetna Highmark BCBS Delaware Blue Cross and Blue Shield United Healthcare/Optum Out of Network
**I am not able to accept all HMO plans, but will verify your benefits in advance of any appointments. I am not in network with local medicaid plans.
Clients may also pay with Cash, Check, HSA, American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Discover
Dr. Toni D. Hickman, Psy.D. 1813 Marsh Rd., Suite C Wilmington, De 19810