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What is Therapeutic Assessment and who can benefit from it?

October 14, 2015|Counseling & Psychotherapy

You may be a perfect candidate for Therapeutic Assessment (TA.) TA is a form of psychological assessment that emphasizes collaboration with you and focuses on how to identify and remove barriers to positive change.

You’re beginning psychotherapy for the first time and you’re wondering, “Where do I start?” Or maybe you’ve been in therapy and are experiencing a lack of progress but have a desire to break through a plateau. Are you consistently drawn back to questions about a consistent theme in your life such as:

  • Why am I depressed/anxious/angry/irritable?
  • Why can’t I find a relationship that works?
  • What contributes to my flashes of anger?
  • Why can’t I get promoted at work?

You may be a perfect candidate for Therapeutic Assessment (TA.) TA is a form of psychological assessment that emphasizes collaboration with you and focuses on how to identify and remove barriers to positive change. An array of psychological measures are used to explore your personality and emotional functioning in an expedited manner. TA is empathetic in its approach and presentation as it aims to answer your questions about overall life themes and consistent challenges. TA uses your questions as a lens through which to view assessment data and then uses the data to develop detailed and concrete recommendations for change. Clients complete the testing process with a deeper understanding of themselves and a plan for how to make improvements on their lives.

TA can provide important information about:

·         Personality structure ·         Relationship styles
·         Life themes ·         Belief frameworks (or schema)
·         Treatment needs ·         Response to treatment
·         Barriers to greater success

TA can highlight both places where you may be stuck and significant internal strengths and resources, both of which may warrant further conversation with a psychologist. The TA process can be useful if you’re currently in psychotherapy but feel “stuck” or frustrated by a lack of progress. It can also be a useful tool if you’re in psychotherapy for the first time and are wondering how to start,  if you’ve been in and out of psychotherapy without experiencing lasting change, or if you have never been in therapy before and are wondering if or how it could be helpful to you.

At Commonwealth Psychology Associates, our clinicians are some of the top providers in the Greater Boston Area for Therapeutic Assessment (TA). If you are interested in learning more about Therapeutic Assessment or would like to inquire about services, please call (617) 259-1895 or complete an online intake form at www.commpsych.com. TA usually requires three sessions and services are offered by by Liz Klish, Psy.D. in our Newton office and Kristen Ihde, Psy.D. in our Back Bay office.

 

 

 

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