In psychotherapy, the patient and therapist work together to clearly identify the particular nature of the emotional challenges experienced by the patient. In some cases, this process requires more intensive inquiry because the full nature of the emotional problem may not be immediately evident. In these instances, a psychological evaluation is recommended.
Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations
A comprehensive psychological evaluation is used to identify psychological issues through various tools available to the mental health professional. These specialized tools include structured interview techniques, behavioral observations, standardized self-report measures, and clinician administered projective measures.
Patients may be referred for a psychological evaluation by their therapist to answer questions such as “What should we focus on first?” or “What kind of therapy would be most beneficial?”. Psychiatrists may request a psychological evaluation in order to inform medication questions such as “What psychiatric symptoms are most detrimental to this patient’s well-being?” or “Will this patient be able to manage the proposed treatment plan without hospitalization?”. Patients, too, may request a psychological evaluation to gain a deeper understanding of their emotional issues such as “Why am I so afraid of examining my feelings?” or “Am I crazy?”. The referral question for a psychological evaluation can be as specific or as general as will be helpful for the patient.
At The Village Institute, psychological evaluations result in extensive and intensive written reports that document the patients' psychological life in clear, non-jargon language that is useful to the patient and professional alike.