Psychological assessment is an on-going part of the therapy. Each therapy starts with one or two sessions of assessment of the problems, using structured interviews, self-report measurements (scales, inventories) and observation. The assessment not only gives information about the diagnosis, but also informs the treatment plans and the conceptualisation / formulation of the problems. The role of the assessment is also to understand what are the psychological factors involved in the emotional difficulties, draw general and specific working hypotheses and then build the most effective treatment plan.
Some of the most common problems that we offer assessments for are related to:
- anxiety disorders (phobias, generalized anxiety, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety)
- eating disorders
- childhood disorders (ADHD, conduct disorders, and emotional problems)
- personality disorders
- family relationship difficulties
- substance abuse and other addictions
We also offer stand-alone assessment sessions for different emotional and mental health problems, with the purpose to establish a diagnosis and further make recommendations and suggestions for the next steps in dealing with the problems and seeking the appropriate support.
When working with children, we also offer structured assessments, where young people fill in questionnaires and various forms and we gather information through discussions and interviews and observations. Also we get the views of the parents by asking them to fill in parent-versions of the same questionnaires and go through structured or semi-structured interviews with them as well. If there are any school problems and the parents are happy for us to do so, we might ask teachers and school staff to fill teacher-versions questionnaires. We have a full suite of validated questionnaires and other assessment tools.