The mind I love most must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.
A clinical assessment is undertaken for every private practice client or patient, and typically includes a detailed mental health assessment. A physical health assessment by a client or patients’ own physician (or other specialist/s) may also be required, where and if clinically indicated.
A clinical assessment is typically completed over the course of two to four consultations, although remains open to review at all times including during any intervention or psychotherapeutic process.
During the initial consultations details about the client or patients’ presenting difficulties, symptoms and other clinically relevant information are obtained together with personal and family background information and history.
Collateral information may be obtained or confirmed during later consultations from other health professionals, family members, partners, or other persons of reference.
The assessment may also include the completion of psychological screens and psychometric instruments, where indicated.
Verbal feedback is proved to clients and patients and recommendations are usually incorporated into any intervention or psychotherapy treatment plan.