pavel blagov, phd, licensed psychologist

Evaluation

A client, a medical professional, or an agency may request an individual psychological evaluation. The goal of the evaluation is usually to understand a person's psychological functioning, including unique strengths and areas of difficulty. Often, the goal is for the client and the psychologist to decide whether to start treatment (and what kind). Sometimes the goal is to clarify a diagnosis, if any such diagnosis applies. The evaluation, also known as a clinical interview, is usually a 90-min. conversation, but it may be shorter or longer. The psychologist asks questions about such topics as the person's thoughts, feelings, habits, history, health, and so forth. The psychologist may also decide to administer questionnaires. Sometimes, a more comprehensive assessment using specialized tests may be recommended.

If you are seeking psychotherapy with me, the first one to four sessions are likely to be evaluation sessions. During these sessions, I will ask you to tell me, in your own words, about yourself and what brings you to treatment. I will also ask you a range of questions to get to know you and understand your unique difficulties and strengths. At the end of the evaluation, I will offer advice and an opinion about what kind of treatment might be most appropriate. One purposes of the evaluation is to give you a chance to decide for yourself whether you need a course of treatment and how comfortable you feel working with me. If you decide to continue working with me, we will discuss treatment goals.

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