Just like an X-ray or Blood test can help the physician diagnose a condition and subsequently plan treatment, psychological assessments are the tools used by psychologists to determine the best way to help you. These assessments are used to evaluate a person’s personality, social skills, cognitive and emotional functioning, behavioural responses, or interests. It can also help clarify symptoms/characteristics of a plethora of mental illnesses. They can be administered either individually or in groups.
An assessment is not a one-and-done process. As you grow and mature, consistent assessments can reflect this evolution. Clinical Assessments are, simply put, a means to an end. It helps you and the psychologist understand your current state of being, and more importantly, the areas where you need help or treatment.
Note: Appropriate assessment will be done after having an initial conversation with your therapist.