Clinical Psychological / Psychodiagnostic Assessments
Clinical Psychological / Psychodiagnostic Assessment entails collecting information using a variety of methods such as behavioural observation, clinical interviews, self-report measures, psychological standardized measures, and a review of other relevant information or documents (educational, medical records, etc.).
This information enables the clinician to evaluate the client’s mental health, psychological functioning, abilities, skills, personality characteristics, emotional functioning, mood, anxiety, stressors, stress levels, reaction to trauma, sleep, cognitive functioning, relationship difficulties, and social functioning. It determines what the person’s problems or difficulties are, what symptoms he/she is presenting with, and what treatment modalities would be most helpful. It is useful in diagnosing psychological disorders and quantify degrees of psychopathology.
In order to determine what treatment will work best for you, and in order for a mental health professional to be able to effectively treat you, it is important to administer a Clinical Psychological / Psychodiagnostic assessment. As for any mental disorder, some of the therapy approaches will have greater efficacy than others.
It also permits clinicians to develop individualized treatment plans along with recommendations for the client. Clinical Psychological / Psychodiagnostic Assessment also helps to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and to assess improvement.