Evaluations

Comprehensive Assessments for Adults and Teens

A comprehensive assessment is the first tool to try to untangle the problem areas, clearly identify and diagnosis any mental health issues and offer a tangible plan of treatment and recovery.

It is often difficult to determine the right course of action to take when a person presents with a multitude of symptoms. It can be confusing to determine if there are biological origins, if its purely a mental health issue or if there are some other factors like history of trauma, addiction to drugs or other compulsions, life transitions and family difficulties to name a few.

  • A complete review of all available previous medical and/or psychiatric records, if provided
  • A comprehensive bio/psycho/social addiction assessment
  • A comprehensive mental health assessment, to both learn more about the exact history of behavior, mental health issues, both related to an addiction or not, childhood problems, past trauma, etc
Results are provided in a detailed report with a proposed treatment plan and a realistic and honest prognosis. I take time to explain all findings, and answer any questions you may have.

For Adults

The first session functions as the initial assessment and usually lasts around an hour. The process is an in-depth interview, which may include individual diagnostic testing; a review of relevant medical, legal, mental health and previous treatment records; a physical screening for detoxification; and interviews with concerned others. The interview assists in developing a customized and individualized treatment plan addressing each person’s unique needs.

For Adolescents

Adolescents differ from adults physiologically, developmentally, and emotionally as they make the transition from child to adult. Although experimentation with mood altering substances is common, abuse can seriously impair development, leaving an adolescent unprepared for the demands of adulthood. The adolescent assessment focus’s on the unique developmental history of each person and often accompanies a report from the school if there is a signed authorization to do so. Parents often accompany their teenager to the assessment and are invited to participate in the treatment process.