There are many ways in which we provide evaluations for individuals. While the term “evaluation” means many different things to many people, the most often request for evaluation comes from people who want to be given a diagnosis or suggestions for treatment. Diagnoses are complicated labels and we can give people diagnoses in most cases if that is important to you. Evaluations for the purposes of receiving recommendations for treatment are much easier. We tend to believe that what we think will help you, and what your diagnosis is, is less important than your willingness and motivation to work hard to make improvements in your life. There are many ways we can make recommendations to you which might include individual therapy, group therapy, support groups or more simply engaging in certain behavioral changes such as exercise, increased involvement with friends and hobbies.
Fees range from $150.00 to $180.00 for individual evaluation.
Many people want an evaluation for a more crucial decision about how to stop drinking or using drugs. In some cases, there are medical risks and the evaluation is centered around whether someone should go to an ER, a detox, inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment or outpatient treatment. If you or a loved one are in this situation please make it clear to us from the outset as we would like to have the evaluation as soon as possible.
Many parents bring their young adult children in for a session in order to have a level-of-care evaluation. In other words, the parents and children need to know if outpatient therapy is advised or intensive outpatient or inpatient treatment is more recommended. We can provide evaluations to determine if someone is fit to go back to work after being suspended or away in treatment. We can also provide an evaluation to determine if someone is fit to return to school and function as a student or live in residence halls.
Oftentimes clients want to know whether medication is an option. We work closely with psychiatrists and physicians to help people determine if medication is right for them. Approximately one quarter to one-third of our patients are also receiving medication management while we provide the talk therapy and coordinate treatment in general.
Finally, we often receive requests from patients who are seeing other therapists or from therapists who are seeing patients where an evaluation or consultation is warranted as a second opinion about the role that drugs or alcohol plays in someone’s life. In these instances, we can make recommendations about whether it might help to see one of us in addition to a more generalist therapist so that we can help explore issues of addiction, compulsion or general drug and alcohol use in conjunction with one’s work with another therapist.