Recognizing that you or your loved one has a problem with substance abuse, alcoholism, addiction, or any other mental health problem can be the first step towards seeking help. But how do you know what course of action to take or where to go?
The first step is to get a clinical assessment. First, we will meet to obtain key information, discuss the challenges you’re facing, and evaluate your readiness for change. This comprehensive assessment of your situation will help determine the next line of action to get the help you need. I know this may sound overwhelming; however, I will do my best to make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process.
From the clinical assessment results, I will be able to recommend the next course of action. This may include setting up an individual therapy session or referring you for some form of alternative treatment. For instance, It could mean referring you to a detoxification program or an intensive outpatient program.
During this assessment, I will be using different tests which have been researched and proven to be effective. These tests will allow me to better understand your feelings and behaviors. Next, I will use the results to make specific decisions such as:
- What diagnosis(es) is possible
- What is the best type of treatment to provide your desired changes
- The extent to which an individual poses a risk to himself and others
The primary goal of the assessments are:
- To give you the chance to explore and talk about some of the challenges you might be experiencing in specific areas of your life.
- To enable the therapist to make an informed decision concerning the suitability for therapy or otherwise, recommending alternative treatment models that may be fitting for your needs.
- To enable the therapist to identify factors that admonish against therapy at this time, such as substance abuse or mental health issues.
- To establish expectations of therapy and determine goals that can be achieved.
All clinical assessments, just as my regular counseling session, take place virtually and provide an empathic and safe environment, and everything we discuss is kept confidential.
In the event that you and I, as your therapist, would be working together, we will both agree on a time and date that is convenient for future sessions. Usually sessions are scheduled at the same time every week or every other week; however, I understand in some situations this cannot happen. It is very important to commit to regular sessions, as your own improvement boils down to how really committed you are.
How does it work?
Clinical assessments are performed by licensed therapists, like myself, who are usually mental health and substance abuse professionals. The clinical assessment helps them to design a plan that is tailored to address your unique needs.
During our time, I will inquire ask questions about your current problems, history, patterns of any drug or alcohol use, and/or mental health symptoms. I will also you about your family members and what it was like growing up. This will help me develop and/or recommend a plan of action that sets your path for recovery.
- Personality & Other Psychological Assessment: I provide a range of psychological assessments and interventions for adults.
- Asylum Evaluations: I’m able to provide in-depth psychological assessments and reports used to determine whether individuals should be able to lawfully remain in the United States. The assessment will ask questions about your history of trauma and any other issues pertaining to the your immigrations case. Various assessment tools will also be used during my assessment. All evaluation sessions are confidential and performed virtually. I currently conduct evaluations in extreme hardship cases, spousal abuse cases, U visa cases, T visa cases, and cancellation of removal cases. I have completed assessments for Physicians For Human Rights (PHR), Humanitarian Outreach for Migrant Emotional Health (HOME), and The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).
- DOT Substance Abuse Professional Evaluation: I am certified to provided your Initial DOT SAP Assessments and treatment plan, consultation with Medical Review Officers (MRO), level of care recommendation and referral, interaction and communication with the Designated Employer Representative (DER) as needed, appropriate paperwork in a professional and timely manner, follow-up evaluation, and case management and monitoring throughout the process.
Important Info: Please note that while a psychological evaluation can strengthen an asylum case, I make no guarantees regarding the outcome of the case. The report can vary in the number of pages, depending on the case in question and the circumstances. The timeline for a completed evaluation and report can be anything between 7-14 days depending on need. For expedited services, there would be additional costs. I do not provide oral testimony.