In-Depth Psychological Assessment
Who is this type of assessment for?
In some circumstances, psychological difficulties can entail a complex interaction of emotional, interpersonal, behavioural, or cognitive/intellectual difficulties. In these situations, there is a need for clarity and expert understanding in order to establish the specific nature and severity of the problems and to determine which interventions are likely to be be most beneficial.
When complex difficulties are present, often, there is also a requirement for a detailed written report which can be used to inform family members and professionals and to serve as a record of a person's needs. At Purple House, we provide a range of in-depth psychological assessments for such circumstances. Please note, these types of assessments are different from pre-therapy assessments, which are usually shorter in duration and do not usually result in a written report.
We provide in-depth psychological assessments for a wide range of complex presentations (e.g. complex emotional / interpersonal difficulties, challenging behaviour, cognitive difficulties, complex trauma and adoption-related difficulties). We also provide in-depth assessments for situations where a developmental disorder or learning difficulty is suspected and thorough diagnostic assessment is required (e.g. Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD). Some geographical variance in services applies.
What does this type of assessment entail?
The nature and duration of the assessment will vary depending on the individual presentation and on whether the client is a child or an adult. Several different aspects of a person's functioning are usually assessed, for example, emotional well-being, social functioning, behaviour, adaptive skills, personality and cognitive capabilities.
Our highly trained Psychologists are skilled in using a combination of assessment techniques, including clinical interview, psychometric testing and (in the case of children) behavioural or play-based assessments.
In-depth clinical assessments will be usually carried out by one of our Clinical Psychologists (or one of our Forensic Psychologists who is experienced in working with general mental health).
Our Psychologists will be sure to put the client at ease, provide encouragement and ensure that the client is not fatigued. Assessments usually take place over several sessions.
What can I expect following an assessment?
The information resulting from an assessment is analysed and interpreted to provide clients with a valuable psychological understanding of their difficulties; identifying, where relevant, the presence of any specific diagnosable condition/s. This is recorded within a written report which includes plans and recommendations for help. Where appropriate, we can provide follow-on therapy, support or guidance.
Please contact us for further information, including information about fees.