What are Assessments?
An assessment is a process whereby your therapist gathers all the information that they need about you and your situation. The first time you will experience an assessment is at the beginning of your sessions in your therapeutic journey. An assessment here will allow for your therapist to gather an objective idea of you and your presenting issue or reasons for coming to therapy.
In general, the assessment as a tool has three main purposes:
1. Information Gathering
2. Diagnosis (potentially)
3. Treatment plan and Goals
Information gathering is part of an assessment that is structured similarly to a semi-formal interview that is used to identify your needs. Initially your therapist will gather information in relation to the letter and the purpose of the letter. They will also use this as the starting point to gather more information about your current situation and may ask about your past experiences and history.
A diagnosis may be made depending on your situation and the outcome of the information gathering stage by the Psychologist. It is not however confirmed that you will be diagnosed. A diagnosis may allow you and your Psychologist to see what best accounts for your presenting problems. It may also allow your therapist to understand how they can help you and recommend an intervention or approach that is best suited to you.
Treatment Plan and Goals:
Goal identification and setting is an important part of the assessment process as it can act as a roadmap for you to follow to overcome challenges that you may face in your therapeutic journey. It also allows you to have a set list of things that you can strive towards achieving. These are often discussed and created with your therapist. Once identified, you will then often move onto treatment planning.
Treatment planning is part of the assessment where your therapist identifies an intervention best suited to you and tailors this to your needs. This plan is done with your goals in mind. This ensures that your treatment plan helps you to achieve the goals you set out as well as helping you to overcome any challenges.
If your letter is for school, university, or work, then recommendations will be made for the institution to support you.
What are Short Reports?
Short reports are often written to present you as a client to those that need information about you, this may be for doctors or other medical professionals, universities, schools, or other authority figures. These reports can take varying forms such as treatment reports, a counselling case report, or a progress report. In general, these all provide a summary of facts that are presented in a logical order to assist in creating treatment plans for you or other actions that are required to be carried out with regards to you.
A short report includes information about your history and/or background such as age, gender, physical health, mental health, significant life events, etc. It also contains a summary of your treatment so far and a general description of the interventions used in therapy. It may include information about how you engaged in the treatment, the outcomes of these interventions and any future recommendations based on your current situation. It would also outline a description of your symptoms or presenting problem. If you have been diagnosed with a mental health difficulty, then this will also be stated. Additionally, it will include details about your treatment goals. If it’s required, it will mention the recommendations to the institution that the letter is addressed to.
Please note that these reports will only provide information about you on matters that your Psychologist has assessed and will be unbiased.
How to book an assessment/request a short report:
Here at The Mind Remedy, we offer services for both assessments and short reports. These can range from letters, reports and assessments for schools, universities, the Council etc. Both of these are offered at a fee ranging from £300, depending on what it is you require. We also offer a sliding scale fee if these fees are unaffordable.
To enquire about arranging an assessment and short report, contact us now via mobile on 07931903310, through email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free 15-minute chat with a registered psychologist.