At Portland Mental Health, psychological assessment is a collaborative process. We utilize validated psychological tests to help illuminate underlying factors contributing to distressing symptoms and behaviors, including emotional, personality, or cognitive strengths and vulnerabilities.
Patients are engaged as collaborators to develop their own questions to be answered through the assessment in order to make this process as meaningful and therapeutic as possible.
The results from the assessment can be used to inform treatment and provide recommendations that can be implemented in everyday life.
The outcome is an approachable written document, written either as a letter to the patient or a formal report to the referring party (e.g. therapist, psychiatrist). We make time to review and discuss the results with patients in order to help maximize the benefits of this process and can help communicate the results to other parties (e.g. families, schools, treatment providers).
For children, a report may be provided using appropriate language and metaphors in order to engage them in the process more fully.
We do not provide psychological testing or assessment services for forensic purposes (e.g. custody evaluations) other than immigration related evaluations conducted by Dr. Adrian Larsen-Sanchez.