What is an assessment?

An assessment is the collaborative process of gathering information in order to gain a better understanding of the presenting issues.

All individuals entering into therapy will have an initial assessment with their psychologist who will take a history of your presenting problems and relevant past history. This will include exploration of your mood, thoughts and feelings, life events that may have impacted upon these and current stressors that may be maintaining your difficulties.

Gathering this information is an important part of the therapeutic process. It enables you and your psychologist to work towards an understanding of your difficulties and this will be used as the basis for your on-going therapy.

It allows an identification of goals to be set and helps you to identify the issues that you would like to work on.

The assessment process can also help you and your psychologist decide which therapeutic approach would be the most effective for helping you to resolve your difficulties. On occasion, areas identified in the assessment process will require an alternative approach not covered by the assessor and an onward referral may be advised. Where possible this will be with one of our other team members, but where this is not possible we will do our best to support you to find the most appropriate service.

An initial assessment can take 1-3 sessions, depending upon the complexity of the presenting issues.

More specialist assessments, such as neuropsychological assessments and child cognitive assessments may take longer.

We offer a free confidential 15 minute telephone consultation so that you we can advise of the right pathway for you. Book yours today.