mental health
Mental Health Evaluations

HELP has a well-developed team of neuropsychologists and psychologists who offer a wide range of psychological assessments for evaluating and strengthening the mental health treatment or interventions plans of your patients. Psychological evaluation can be an invaluable tool for understanding and addressing the needs mental health of individuals of all ages.

Situations requiring psychological evaluations might be, but are limited to, the following:

  • Legal capacity and competency exams.
  • Assessment for the patient’s psychological readiness for surgery.
  • Employment screening.
  • Vocational interests and skills inventory for individuals who are planning to enter careers or who are college-bound.
  • Neuropsychological assessment of adolescent and adult memory abilities and other cognitive functioning.
  • Adult personality assessment to assist with assessment of adult psychological dysfunction and mental health treatment planning.
  • Child and adolescent personality assessment to help in problem identification, diagnosis, and treatment planning in youth.
  • Child and adolescent behavioral and emotional issues that may impede an individual’s ability to thrive in home and school environments.
  • Child and adolescent assessment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and problems behavior in youths.
  • Assessments of pain, function, and psychological factors most frequently associated with chronic pain and rehabilitation patient.
  • Assessment of an individual’s verbal, nonverbal, and general cognitive ability.
  • Depression and Anxiety Screening.
Psychological Evaluation for SCS and Pain Pumps

Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS) and intrathecal pain pump procedures require a prior psychological evaluation.  The reason a psychological evaluation is required is because it has long been understood that psychological factors can play a role in how an individual experiences pain.  Psychological factors can play a role in the cause, intensity and maintenance of chronic pain.  There are two general questions that the psychologist is trying to answer in evaluating for these procedures:

#1. Is the patient psychologically stable and adequately informed of the risks and benefits?

#2. Are there psychological factors that might limit or undermine the patient’s ability to derive long term benefits from either the SCS or pain pump?

Pain researchers now recognize that psychological factors interact in complex multidimensional ways with physiological factors to produce individual’s personal experience of pain. Assessment and treatment of these psychological factors is important for successful resolution of pain conditions.

  • HELP professionals provide psychological assessments that:

    1. Screen for pre-surgical selection of candidates for implantable pain therapies.

    2. Identify factors associated with positive and negative pain treatment outcomes.

    3. Recommend remedies for factors associated with negative pain treatment outcomes.

    4. Serve as a foundation for pain management therapies.

    5. Assist medical staff in supporting pain treatment patients in-home.

    HELP psychological assessments consider factors such as:

    • Psychiatric/mood symptoms
    • Personality/behavior
    • Cognitive abilities
    • Psycho-social support
    • Experience and duration of pain
    • Pain medication behavior
    • Pain beliefs and coping
    • Impact of pain on functioning
  • HELP clinicians provide a variety of pain management therapies incorporating:

    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Family systems therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Meditation/relaxation therapy
    • Biofeedback therapy
    • Stress management
    • Lifestyle change support

     

  • How long does it take to schedule a HELP psychological assessment or pain management therapy?
    A HELP professional will respond to a referral within 48 hours. (self referrals welcomed)

    How long does it take to receive the psychological assessment report?
    The HELP clinicians with deliver a report within 10 days of the date of assessment. Special provisions can be made in emergency situations.

    Can psychological assessment or pain management therapies be provided in the home?
    Yes. HELP professionals offer services in home, in office and in facility.

    Can HELP professionals provide a follow up visit after the evaluation?
    Yes. HELP does provide in home counseling.

    Does HELP provide other services?
    Yes.