Diagnosis and Assessment
Diagnosis and assessment of mental health conditions
Diagnosis can be a helpful tool to make sense of what you're experiencing. Diagnosis is not always necessary and can be a personal choice. Some people can find it very validating and affirming to receive a diagnosis to confirm or deny the presence of a mental health condition. So you know what to expect, the process for diagnosis is outlined below.
1. Background gathering.
We'll get a picture of your life including work, family, relationships, mood, routines. We'll also discuss the symptoms you're struggling with at the moment.
2. Structured assessment.
We'll chat about specific symptoms to see if you meet criteria for a diagnosis.
3. Feedback session.
We'll meet for a final time to talk through the outcome of the assessment and whether you meet criteria for a diagnosis or not. We can process together what it's like for you to receive this outcome and chat about next steps and recommendations from here. As part of the assessment process I will write a formal psychological report which we can also talk through. This will allow you to have written confirmation of your diagnosis which you can pass on to GP's or Psychiatrists if needed.
I can help with
Diagnosis of any mental health condition including Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Bipolar, Social Anxiety, Eating Disorders
ADHD assessment and diagnosis
Diagnosis of Personality Disorders including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
Personality Testing (MMPI)