Diagnostic Assessments 

 I offer assessments for adolescents and adults to help diagnose mental illnesses and differentiate between illnesses. I also assess for the“prodrome” to psychosis and mood disorders, which are states prior to the onset of a full blown illness when concerning symptoms are present that indicate one is at high risk for developing the illness.  The first step in getting help is obtaining an accurate assessment of what one is suffering from or what one is at risk for so treatment can be properly aimed at decreasing symptoms, improving functioning and protecting one from future episodes.  In my assessments, I often use aspects of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders (SCID) and the Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndromes (SIPS).  The assessment services include treatment recommendations, treatment planning and referrals.