The comprehensive evaluation frequently includes the following:

  • Description of present problems and symptoms
  • Information about health, illness and treatment (both physical and psychiatric), including current medications
  • Parent and family health and psychiatric histories
  • Information about the child's development
  • Information about school and friends
  • Information about family relationships
  • Interview of the child or adolescent
  • Interview of parents/guardians
  • If needed, laboratory studies such as blood tests, x-rays, or special assessments (for example, psychological, educational, speech and language evaluation)

Individual and Family Therapy

So much of the therapeutic process is dependent on the client/therapist relationship, the first appointment is geared toward information gathering and relationship building in order to determine if this is a good fit for moving forward with the therapeutic process.
 
At your first appointment you can expect:
 ● Appointment will last between 60-90 minutes ● Description of presenting problem(s)/symptoms and reason for seeking treatment ● Information regarding past treatment successes and difficulties ● Information regarding development, education/school successes and concerns ● Current and past psychiatric history, medication, treatment etc. ● Information about family history and relationships  ● Assessment of current risk (if applicable) ● Additional information regarding trauma, substance use of other experiences related to why you are seeking treatment
 
Who should come to the first appointment: ● Adolescents/child clients should attend with a parent or guardian (entire family is welcome!) ● Adult clients feel free to bring family or other supportive individuals  ● If the family will be participating in family therapy as the primary modality, the entire family should attend the intake/first appointment as this will help with problem identification and goal setting.
 
At the end of your first appointment you and your therapist will determine if this is a good working relationship and if you should move forward for future appointments. At that time goals and plans for future treatment can be established. 

Adult Medication Evaluation

Child and Adolescent Medication Evaluation

A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation usually require one to two hours over one or more office visits.
The comprehensive evaluation frequently includes the following:

  • Your description of present problems and symptoms
  • Information about your health, illness and treatment (both physical and psychiatric), including current medications
  • Family health and psychiatric histories
  • Information about your relationships
  • Your education and employment history
  • Clinical Interview
  • If needed, laboratory studies such as blood tests, x-rays, or assessments or referrals
  • If indicated, and with your permission and a release of information signed, information from your significant other, family, and/or past providers

What We Offer

A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation usually require several hours over one or more office visits for the child/adolescent and parents. With the parents' permission, other significant people (such as the family physician, school personnel or other relatives) may be contacted for additional information.

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) then develops a formulation. The formulation describes the child's problems and explains them in terms that the parents and child can understand. The formulation combines biological, psychological and social parts of the problem with developmental needs, history and strengths of the child, adolescent and family.

 

**Family and friends are encouraged to be involved in treatment.

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) then develops a formulation. The formulation includes your views on the problems and your goals. The formulation combines biological, psychological and social parts of the problem with your strengths to develop a treatment plan.