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Dr. Eva Helpard
Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapy Assessments

When people face significant emotional and life changes, they often wonder if they are indeed suffering from a mental illness, addiction or disorder. Most people want to understand the extent of their challenges and a thorough assessment can be very helpful. A good, thorough therapy assessment not only helps to understand the extent of the problems, it also helps to understand the whole person, their strengths, resources and abilities. Therapy assessments can vary in terms of how deep and involved they are but for the most part, they all help to guide intervention and direct treatment planning.

I am licensed to provide a number of different therapy assessments, however the person seeking assistance must determine the potential benefits and purpose of conducting a therapy assessment. All assessments are confidential and become the property of the person seeking assistance:

Bio-Psycho-Social:

This is the most comprehensive assessment that is often required when a number of professionals are involved in the care and treatment of an individual. The purpose is to understand an individual’s level of functioning over time. This type of assessment addresses the person’s history: education, work, relationships, family dynamics, important life events and significant life changes. It also includes a clear and comprehensive understanding of the persons’ strengths, abilities and resources. Finally, it offers recommendations for treatment.

Mental Health Assessment:

This type of assessment is based on criteria set out in the DSM IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). This type of assessment may be helpful for treatment of mental disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders, adjustment disorders, etc.

Addiction Assessment:

Many people want to understand the nature and severity of their addictions. It is very important when a person’s life (relationships, work and overall mood) is severely impacted by their use or abuse of substances. It is often necessary to treat and rule out addictions before any other issues can be addressed.