Assessments and Consultations
Dr. Nancy is Here to Help: Psychological Assessments
Many times, people have difficulty with their mood or thoughts, but do not understand why. They may feel depressed or anxious, but cannot understand what is triggering these emotions. Others may be dealing with a difficult and stressful time in their life, but do not fully understand their symptoms or what they can do to help themselves. In either case, most people want to better understand the symptoms they are experiencing and identify therapeutic interventions that can alleviate symptoms. Whether you have “tried everything” or are seeking a psychological evaluation for the first time, Dr. Musarra can help.
Court Ordered Assessments:
Psychological & Competency
In some cases, the judge or prosecutor might want a mental health assessment (psychological assessment) so they can better understand the possible causes and factors you may be dealing with related to your legal charge. Mental health or substance abuse challenges such as anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, trauma, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse/addiction need to be evaluated. Professionals who evaluate the defendant are asked to make recommendations to the court.
Being ordered to get a mental health assessment and recommendations often indicates that the judge is attempting to identify interventions that can help with mental health challenges, so that the outcome is more positive for the defendant and society. This process is an alternative to simply putting the person in jail for punishment.
In other cases, the judge, prosecutor, or others involved in the case may suggest a competency assessment. This type of assessment is for the purpose of evaluating whether the defendant understands the charges before him/her and if they have the mental capacity to assist in their defense.
If they are found not able to understand the charges brought against them or found not able to ask appropriate questions of their attorney or about their case, the case may be delayed until competency can be restored.
Educational Consultations with Parents
Most parents know when something is “not quite right” with their child but are unsure what to do. Others may know their child’s diagnosis but need more information about what the diagnosis means. They may ask, “How will this diagnosis affect my child’s development, mood and behavior?” Getting answers to questions is important. Even if your child is an “adult”, but remains dependent due to developmental or cognitive challenges, you may have questions. Adult children may struggle with grief, social issues, physical and emotional challenges.