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Psychological Assessments For Better Treatment Outcomes

I’ve been told I need a Psychological Assessment. What does that mean?

A psychological assessment may sound intimidating, however, it can be helpful to view it as a tool to understand behavior and mental health more thoroughly. A thorough psychological assessment can help you and your therapist develop a treatment plan, specific to your strengths and needs. An evaluation can also help eliminate some conditions from your concern, and shed light on the reasons for your distress.

It might be recommended to you by your current therapist or treatment team, to help guide the next stages of your treatment, or provide clarity on your progress. An evaluation will study various aspects of your current psychological functioning, strengths and areas of concern. You can also request an assessment, to get a clearer picture of the severity of a condition or addiction.

In some rare cases, a psychological evaluation may be requested as part of a legal process, as is the case for some child custody, sexual offending, domestic violence, or personal injury cases. When cases are court ordered, you do not maintain the same expectations of confidentiality.

What Psychological Assessments does your practice offer?

All assessments at Modern Intimacy are conducted by a Licensed Psychologist. They provide insight on your current symptoms or diagnosis, and the severity of any mental health condition(s) you may have. They can also help you and your treatment team outline the best options for treatment, symptom reduction and management.

A typical psychological assessment consists of a clinical interview, review of records (if there are any), the administration and interpretation of psychological tests, and when relevant, interviews with collateral sources (i.e., your therapist, attorney, significant other, parent, etc.). No one is contacted without your explicit, written consent.

H3: Assessments Offered at Modern Intimacy:

Comprehensive Psychological Evaluation

This assessment is designed to help you and your treatment team develop a detailed picture of your current mental health profile. This psychological assessment can help you clarify diagnoses, such as anxiety disorders, depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or personality disorders. They also help fortify a plan for treatment that maximizes your strengths and cultivates a plan to reduce symptoms.

Psychosexual Evaluation

To assess problematic or compulsive sexual behavior, a psychosexual evaluation is a good start. This assessment is designed to help people better understand their relationship to sexuality. It offers a plan of action to assist in curtailing any problematic or compulsive sexual behavior.

Substance Abuse or Addiction Assessment

This assessment is geared toward helping people assess whether they have any problematic or addictive tendencies. It can also pinpoint the extent that a problem exists with substances or compulsive behaviors. When the psychological assessment is complete, you will receive a thorough list of recommendations for recovery.

Psychological Evaluation for Couples

In this psychological assessment, each member of the relationship is evaluated separately, to assess any mental health concerns that may be impacting them as individuals or the relationship. Next, it looks at how both partners relate to each other, and provides the couples with a plan for addressing their concerns individually and together.

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What will I learn from a Psychological Assessment?

After the assessment, the Psychologist will analyze the results and schedule a separate time to meet with you to discuss the report, measures and findings. The Psychologist will explain the results of your psychological assessment and answer any questions you may have about the results.

You will learn about what kind of treatment would best work for the type and severity of symptoms you are experiencing. You will also gain insight about further recommendations for additional testing or treatment. At the end, referrals for therapy, psychiatric care, support groups, additional medical testing, etc. will be provided.

What happens after the Psychological Assessment? Do I have to start therapy?

As part of your results, the Psychologist will provide recommendations for your next steps. It may be recommended that you begin individual therapy, couples’ therapy, attend various groups, or enter into a higher level of care. However, unless you are mandated by legal proceedings, whether or not you move forward with the recommendations is your choice.

I think it will help me. How do I book an appointment?

If an evaluation sounds beneficial for you, or if you have questions about the process, please feel free to schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation to learn more and get started.