What To Expect
The Referral Question
The basis of any psychological assessment is the referral question. The purpose of this question guides the entire assessment process, from the clinical interview to the selection of test measures and diagnosis. The referral question should relate to what the patient wants to understand about themselves or addresses the problem they are experiencing.
Do I meet criteria for ADHD?
Why do I have difficulty dealing with conflict at work?
Why do I have so much difficulty parenting my children?
This is an initial meeting with the psychologist to get clarification about the difficulties you are experiencing as well as some relevant background information.
The psychologist will select a number of assessment measures that will provide research-based measures to provide clarity on symptoms and diagnoses.
Test Scoring and Interpretation
The psychologist will then score all the administered assessment measures and interpret the data.
The psychologist will then integrate the data and information from the clinical interview into a report that will answer the referral question. The report will include any applicable diagnoses as well as recommendations that will support the patient in addressing the difficulties associated with their difficulties.
This is the final meeting with the psychologist where the report will be reviewed and discussed with the patient. All fees must be paid prior to the report being provided.
Like the start of a psychological assessment, the therapeutic relationship begins with a clinical interview. This is an initial meeting with the psychologist to get clarification about the difficulties you are experiencing as well as some relevant background information.
The purpose of psychotherapy is to help you devise strategies for current mental or emotional challenges. Through the course of treatment you will develop increased insight and awareness into the difficulties you are experiencing as well as you and your psychologist navigate your way through them. Your willingness to discuss and share personal information supports the effectiveness of therapy as well as the outcome.
Progress in treatment will be regularly reviewed throughout the course of treatment. Upon reaching a point where your difficulties have reduced or you no longer feel the need for therapeutic support, termination will be discussed and a timeline will be established. However, it is important to note that treatment is voluntary and may be ended at any time for any reason. Referrals will be provided if indicated.