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Clinical Evaluation/Diagnostic Assessment

Are you seeking clinical mental health counseling? As a part of the services offered by Palmetto Counseling, a clinical evaluation/diagnostic assessment is performed by a licensed clinician and is an important part of a person’s treatment.

The clinical evaluation is conducted at the start of treatment and identifies the person’s needs, concerns, strengths, and allows the individual and his/her family to make informed decisions about treatment. The assessment helps determine how treatment services and support [e.g., Individual Counseling, Family Therapy, Marriage / Couples Counseling, Group Therapy, or Referral to other Treatment Providers] can assist a person to reach their desired goals.

A clinical evaluation may be conducted for conditions such as ADD/ ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, addiction, and other mental health conditions. Assessments may also be performed for patients being considered for certain surgical procedures such as Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) / Chronic Pain and Gastric Banding Procedure / Gastric Bypass Surgery.

Clinical Evaluation/Diagnostic Assessment Helps

  • Identify presenting problems/need for treatment

  • Establish or confirm a diagnosis

  • Provide basis for medical / clinical necessity
  • Establish an individual’s treatment plan
  • Make recommendations for treatment
  • Determine the appropriate level of care

  • Initiate referrals to other treatment providers or identify resources for support

Clinical Evaluations May Be Used To Address Conditions And Problems Such As:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Substance Abuse
  • Chronic Pain
  • Stress Management
  • LGBT Issues
  • Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Victims of Violence / Abuse
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Parent-Child Relational Problems
  • Relationship Problems
  • Divorce / Separation
  • Family Conflict
  • Spiritual Issues / Christian Counseling
  • Career Difficulties
  • Life Transition Issues
  • Accidents / Illness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Mood Disorders

Candidates for Surgical Procedures (Spinal Cord Stimulator Procedure, Gastric Banding / Gastric By-Pass Surgery)

Follow-up Assessment: Follow-up assessments occur after initial clinical mental health counseling appointment. Once the evaluation has been performed, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to re-evaluate the client’s progress and response to treatment, current functional status, identify changes in behavior and/or condition and ensure appropriateness for continued treatment.

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