Psychological Evaluations

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Psychological evaluations can be helpful for various reasons. They are a way of testing personality, behavior, and capabilities. Psychological evaluations can provide information about an individual that is helpful for them and others in the individual’s life. Parents, doctors, teachers, social workers and mental health professionals can be better able to support and help the individual improve functioning.

Psychological Testing and evaluations can help with:

  • Assisting in clarifying mental health diagnoses
  • Helping to identify autism spectrum disorders
  • Helping in assessing academic ability and rule out a learning disorder
  • Providing insight and understanding of strengths and weaknesses
  • Providing information for individuals to share when applying for social security
  • Assessing memory concerns
  • Helping to identify developmental delays
  • Helping with identifying cognitive concerns and establishing baseline abilities
  • Useful in assessing the level of focus and attention issues, and identifying or ruling out ADHD
  • Assisting in guiding treatment plan goals and leading to recommending appropriate services

Meet Our Psychologists

Dr. Jonathan Hoistad

Dr. Hoistad received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1970, an M.A. in Developmental Psychology in 1974 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1975 from the California School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Hoistad is a licensed psychologist in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  His clinical practice includes consultation in behavioral health, family practice medicine, pre-surgery psychological evaluations, court consultation, school consultation, social service consultation, as well as teaching and supervision of psychology interns.  Dr. Hoistad believes that working in partnership with his patients to provide care, compassion, and understanding creates the best outcomes for the services he provides. Learn More >

Jonathan Hoistad

Dr. Nicole Ward

Clinical psychologist, Dr. Nicole Ward, will be providing psychological evaluations at our Maplewood, Stillwater and Hudson clinics.

As a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Dr. Ward brings a warm and relational demeanor to her work providing psychological evaluations to her clients. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota, followed by a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology – both from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University-Twin Cities. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Ward completed practicum experiences at the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatric Psychology, and at a private practice. She also completed her pre-doctoral internship at Range Mental Health Center, Inc. in Virginia, MN. Learn More >


We are conveniently located in clinics throughout Minnesota (Twin Cities metro area, Alexandria), Wisconsin (Hudson, Balsam Lake), and each clinic, and each counselor carries the same mission: to be the beginning of something better.

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