At Nysa Therapy, our patients are often unclear about their exact symptoms. Sometimes they can’t quite find the right words to explain the issues they’re struggling with. 

But here at Nysa, we have the perfect means to clear up this diagnosis confusion: Her name is Abigail Rutledge and she’s our Assessment Director.

Abby’s in charge of administering a variety of comprehensive psychological evaluations to our patients. With the results of these tests, our therapists can often figure out exactly what their patients are struggling with and how best to help them through it. Lucky for us, Abby’s the best with the tests — And our tests are very good.

At Nysa Therapy, our Assessment Department works closely with publishers, developers, and other clinicians to select only the most accurate and efficient state-of-the-art psychological tests that will yield the clearest results. 

One assessment we truly use a lot is the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, 4th Edition — known as the MCMI to its friends.

The MCMI was originally created by Dr. Theodore Millon in the 1970s and focuses on uncovering the defense mechanisms and unhealthy coping skills that may be interfering with a patient’s therapy or relationships. Through the MCMI, we can determine if a patient is likely to display submissive, passive-aggressive, or narcissistic behaviors in their daily lives. These may sound like obvious traits, but often they’re so deeply ingrained and pervasive that the patient doesn’t even realize they’re engaging in these behaviors and thought patterns.  But Abby and the MCMI can cut through a lifetime of mental clutter and confusion to uncover the truth within an hour.

After reviewing the MCMI results, our team will meet with the patient,  to discuss a more efficient, targeted treatment plan. This may include further psychological testing, advanced psychotherapeutic interventions, or referrals to physicians for medication management.The key is that this individualized plan can now be accurately tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

Nysa Therapy’s collaborative approach to testing and psychotherapy has been proven to yield the best results for everyone involved. Patients enjoy learning about themselves and their therapists enjoy knowing just how to help them improve. Knowledge is power, and when patients are a major part of their own healing process through psychological testing, real healing is possible.

If you’re a therapist who would like to explore the possibility of using testing to help further diagnose your patients, please contact us for a consultation session at