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.
The Village Institute utilizes psychological evaluations to develop extensive and intensive written reports that document the patient's psychological life in clear, non-jargon language that is useful to the patient and professional alike.
Psychological evaluations can help the patient and the therapist answer some of these questions:
What should we focus on first?
What kind of therapy would be most beneficial?
What psychiatric symptoms are most detrimental to your well being?
Will you be capable of managing the proposed treatment plan without hospitalization?
Why is it so difficult for me to examine or express my feelings?
Am I crazy?
These questions used for a psychological evaluation can be as specific or as general as needed.