Psychosocial and Mental Health Evaluations
Often during Immigration proceedings, a well-written, comprehensive psychosocial evaluation can be beneficial. I offer objective evaluations for the following types of cases:
Hardship Waivers (I-601 and I-601A)
Cancellation of Removal
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and Spousal Abuse
U-Visas and T-Visas
In addition to broad training and experience providing clinical assessments, I have completed over 12 hours of specific continuing education on writing assessments for immigration cases. Evaluations not only provide a thorough social and mental health history, but seek to answer the specific legal questions involved in your case.
If your attorney has recommended that you complete this type of evaluation, call now to begin the scheduling process. Evaluations consist of a clinical interview, symptoms questionnaires, and a review of relevant documents (such as mental health or medical records). Results are then compiled into a narrative report that is sent to you and your attorney for review.
Being involved in Immigration proceedings can be stressful and emotional. I strive to create a welcoming environment where clients feel safe to participate fully in the evaluation process. I take pride in delivering a clean and professional finished product in a timely manner, usually within two weeks of our last meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a psychosocial evaluation?
A psychosocial evaluation is an objective assessment conducted by a therapist to understand your social, emotional, environmental and mental health. The interview generally takes place over two sessions, which are 1-2 hours each. I will ask you about your childhood, relationships and life. We will discuss the impact of the specific situation involved in your immigration case, which for many people includes traumatic or life altering experiences. You will be given several questionnaires, to assess symptoms of mental distress and illness.
After the interview, I review any relevant documents, such as your mental health or medical records. I will then compile the information into a narrative report, which will be sent to you and your attorney for review. This report is generally 15-20 pages long and completed within about 2 weeks of our last meeting. I will also discuss with you any recommendations for your mental well being and provide referrals for ongoing care or assistance.
Where are interviews held?
Interviews are generally held via telehealth using a secure HIPAA compliant platform or in our office in Greenwood, Indiana. If completing the assessment through telehealth, you must be physically located in the states of Indiana or Colorado at the time of the interview.
What if I need an interpreter?
I will provide an interpreter for those who need it for the clinical interview. Due to the nature of the assessment and its use in a legal case, it is important to have a well trained, professional interpreter. Friends or family members may not be used during the interview. An interpreter is highly recommended for anyone who is not fluent in English.
Can you provide ongoing therapy?
Due to ethical considerations, I am not able to provide ongoing therapy to you or your family members after the evaluation. I am happy to provide you with resources and referrals to other mental health professionals that can meet your needs.
I have a court date coming up, can I get an expedited report?
Yes. Expedited reports are available on a case by case basis for an additional fee. Please call to discuss your specific needs.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check and credit/debit cards. Payment is due in full at the start of the clinical interview.
Are payment plans available?
Unfortunately, at this time I am not able to offer payment plans.
What is the difference between an evaluation conducted by a therapist and an evaluation conducted by a psychologist?
A Psychosocial Evaluation is conducted by master's level clinician while a Neuropsychological Evaluation is conducted by a doctoral level psychologist. In general, neuropsychological evaluations include additional testing and can include diagnosis of cognitive delays and developmental differences. Both types of evaluations contain mental health diagnostic impressions using the DSM V. You should always consult their attorney when deciding what type of evaluation is necessary for their specific case.
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