WHAT IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT?
There are many forms of psychological assessments from intelligence tests, neuropsychological assessments to aptitude tests and personality profiling (to name just a few). Our psychological assessments which are all conducted by a Chartered Counselling or Clinical psychologist normally focus on a persons mental health.
What tests are carried out during a Psychological Mental Health Assessment (PMHA)?
Depending on the reasons why an individual is requesting a PMHA, the clinical assessments used will vary from one person to the next. For example; individuals requesting an assessment before having cosmetic surgery will require a different assessment from those requesting an assessment to assist them in changing occupations or dealing with anxiety or depression caused by a challenging work place situation.
A range of diagnostic tools can be used including a Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5) which is a semi structured interview. The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5) is a interview guide for making the major DSM-5 diagnoses (depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders). It is administered by a clinician or trained mental health professional who is familiar with the DSM-5 classification and diagnostic criteria.
A psychological assessment also encompasses a review of a client's mental health background and history alongside their current psychological profile, uncovered in the assessment, gives the psychologist an up to date impression of the individual's current mental health. This information can then be used to provide an accurate care plan both quickly and confidentiality. Where possible the report will also outline a treatment/care plan with a realistic prognosis. Although this has been designed for those with mental health difficulties, it can be adapted to those that don't self-identify as mentally ill or as a patient.
What are the benefits of a psychological assessment?
The assessment is performed by a highly trained Chartered Psychologist who is a mental health expert. The assessment is objective, impartial and confidential.
Reports are typically around 800-1000 words in length.
Reports are for your own personal use to aid self-understanding, guide future psychotherapy or self-improvement.
Reports can be used as evidence of mental health problems and may be shared with employers, GPs, family members or in the case of students, University well-being teams if requested.