Information for Teen Clients
Why am I being brought to see you?
Someone in your life (for example your parents or a therapist) have asked me to do a psychological assessment with you. The type of evaluation is called a Therapeutic Assessment (TA), and they are designed to help you and your parents understand you better. The adults who thought this would be a good idea have some questions about you, and we hope that you will work with us to figure out the answers to these questions. If you have questions about yourself and your life, we want to help you answer those as well. (At the first appointment we’ll ask what questions you might have.)
If you agree to participate, the assessment would include 6-8 appointments, talking about your life, filling out some forms, and completing some different psychological tests. At the end of the assessment, we’ll meet with you privately to talk about the results of the assessment and answer your questions. We will then meet with your parents to discuss the results. Finally, we will write you a letter that explains what we figured out.
What will I get out of this?
You might learn things about yourself that will help you get what you want from your relationships with friends, parents, and other people. Also, if you feel people don’t understand you, maybe we can explain your point of view in a way they can hear it. (Unfortunately, sometimes people listen better when a psychologist says things.) Third, some teenagers feel better after an assessment because they understand themselves more. Last, you might find it interesting and fun to learn how you compare in your abilities and personality to other adolescents your age.
What’s the downside of this?
If you decide to participate in the assessment, it will take up some of your time (usually 8-10 hours, over several weeks), and may mean that you miss school or lose time with friends or doing things after school. It might initially feel embarrassing to talk about yourself and your problems, and you may not want other people to understand you better. Last, there’s always a chance you might learn things about yourself that are upsetting and hard to think about. (If any of these things happens, we hope you’ll let us know so we can talk about it with you.)
Interested clients are encouraged to read the information under the Clients and the Billing pages, and then contact us to discuss next steps