A comprehensive psychological evaluation is the first step to starting psychological treatment. During a psychological evaluation, you will meet with a psychologist to discuss concerns about your mental health. Your psychologist will observe your behaviors and discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing in order to make an educated judgment about what may be the underlying cause of problems. Comprehensive psychological evaluations also allow for the diagnosis of mental health conditions, which can influence treatment planning. Formerly used to only diagnose mental health conditions, psychologists now use comprehensive psychological evaluations to customize treatment based on the client’s particular issues and needs.
Did You Know?
According to the American Psychological Association, “Psychologists help people of all ages live happier, healthier, and more productive lives”. Psychotherapy treatment provides you with the necessary tools and skillset to combat life’s unexpected difficulties.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When is a psychological evaluation needed?
Psychological evaluations may be needed if:
- You want to resolve personal problems such as depression, anxiety or drug abuse.
- You need information about your condition or treatment options for which you are receiving medical care.
- When another healthcare provider refers you to a psychologist in order to obtain a better understanding about your mental health.
To determine if you could benefit from a psychological evaluation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michelle Rinella & Associates of CPST Texas today.
What can I expect when receiving a comprehensive psychological evaluation at CPST Texas?
A psychologist at CPST Texas will begin your evaluation by asking you about your symptoms and concerns. Based on your responses, the psychologist will determine what types of tests should be ordered to provide a thorough evaluation.
These evaluations often include psychological testing that provides objective data needed to develop an accurate diagnosis or clear understanding of symptoms; to identify the presence of cognitive, emotional or developmental problems; and to determine whether symptoms are caused by medical or neurological conditions.
Psychological testing also helps establish treatment goals with the psychologist’s report about an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. It can help clients understand their own personality dynamics better so they will be more capable of making changes in their lives.
What happens after a psychological evaluation?
After a comprehensive psychological evaluation is conducted, you will receive an objective interpretation of the test results and recommendations made by your psychologist. You will also receive your psychologist’s written report, which can be shared with other providers involved in your care.