In Focus Counseling provides assessments and evaluations in certain circumstances including supporting your mental health with work, college, or school. There are different types of mental health tools used to help determine what is needed for an individual such as: screening, assessment, evaluation, and full psychological evaluations. Assessments and evaluations help professionals tailor their approach to meet the unique needs of each individual and promote their overall well-being. Often clinicians can do these assessments yet do not understand how to use or interpret them for translation to therapy.
Who can get an Assessment and Evaluation: We only provide screening, assessment, and primary evaluations. Our evaluations are fit best for those 13 and older. If you are looking for a free screening, please give our office a call and schedule a free mental health screening. That might not be enough. Screenings help determine presence of symptoms to help you take the next step and enter therapy. There are more in depth evaluations for court such as for drugs and alcohol, only a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC/ACD) can perform. Evaluations can be helpful in the following situations listed below.
What are some reasons for an assessment for evaluation?
- Testing Accommodations for work or professional examinations
- College requests for accommodations (Consult with disabilities office/services before scheduling)
- Help determine a focus for your current therapeutic treatment
- Establishing Baseline and Tracking Progress
- Identifying Co-occurring Disorders
- Differentiate between mental and physical health problems
- Differentiate between OCD, Anxiety, ADHD/ADD, and ASD
- Considering parent, spouse, and caregiver experiences of your symptoms
- 504 Plan Recommendations
- Guiding Medication Decisions for your providers
- Referral Collaboration
- Administrative purposes for determining appropriate therapeutic interventions
This Assessment/Evaluation is NOT a good fit if:
- You need this documentation for court, legal, or custody issues
- Active hallucinations or psychosis
- Need a Drug/Alcohol or Substance Use Evaluation (Schedule with our ACD/LAC clinician)
- Need a Psychological Evaluation
- Need a diagnosis (those who are not in current therapy)
- Currently in crisis
- Need an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
How much does it cost?
Rates start at $500 and up depending on level of assessment and evaluation needed. You can schedule an Initial Intake Assessment with Taylor to move forward with assessment and evaluation options. Evaluations are typically expensive and take a while for you and the evaluator to complete. The price range for these services with a psychologist can range from $600-$7,000. In some circumstances full psychological evaluation may be needed. We have referrals to community partners who can offer these more in depth assessments. We are hoping to catch individuals and families who don’t require a need for all of these details yet, need an assessment for a specific launching point into mental health services or direction in general. Please feel free to schedule and initial intake assessment with our assessment and evaluator Taylor. Or if you have more questions, please schedule a free consultation with Taylor Kucensky.
How long will my assessment take?
Assessments are a minimum of 2-4 hours of our therapists work with what we offer here at IFC. In general, the duration of a mental health evaluation can vary depending on various factors, including the complexity of the individual’s concerns, the purpose of the evaluation, and the specific assessment measures used. Here are some general guidelines regarding the duration of different types of mental health evaluations:
- Initial Assessment: An initial mental health assessment or intake evaluation typically takes about 60 minutes. This initial session involves gathering information about the individual’s presenting concerns, medical history, family background, and current symptoms. It provides an opportunity for the therapist or clinician to develop an initial understanding of the individual’s needs and goals.
- Evaluation: A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation aims to assess and provide indications of mental health disorders. The duration of an evaluation can range from one to several sessions, depending on the complexity of the individual’s symptoms and the thoroughness of the assessment. It may involve interviews, self-report questionnaires, and collateral information from other sources (i.e. spouse, parents, friends, teachers). This evaluation process may span over a few hours to several appointments spread across weeks.
- Coordination with your therapist or current provider: It is important to provide your therapist with accurate and comprehensive information about your mental health history, current symptoms, and any significant life events or changes. So with a release of information, at your request, we are permitted to share the assessment and evaluation results with you current therapist or provider to have a clear understanding of your situation and tailor their approach accordingly. collaborate with your therapist to establish treatment goals and develop a personalized treatment plan. This may involve discussing the therapeutic techniques or interventions to be used, setting realistic expectations, and outlining the frequency and duration of therapy sessions. This helps your therapist make adjustments or modifications to ensure your needs are being addressed.
- Supporting Documentation and Referrals: You will be provided an evaluative report of our findings to keep as part of your records for further treatment. This allows you to know how we determined the details and be able to take to any future providers or use your letter of accommodation’s, with future providers or referrals given. We do have a team of additional therapist that in the event you need specific work on our specific specialties.
It is important to note that these timeframes are general estimates and can vary depending on individual circumstances. Additionally, follow-up sessions or recommendations for ongoing treatment may be necessary after the evaluation to develop a treatment plan, provide therapy, or monitor progress.
It is recommended to consult with a mental health professional or evaluator who can provide more specific information about the estimated duration of an evaluation based on your particular needs and circumstances. We do offer a complementary 15 mins. consultation to determine the best route for you.
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