What can I expect from an assessment with Evolve?
The initial appointment is an assessment session and is between 60 and 90 minutes.
During this appointment, you will be asked to describe the difficulties you are experiencing. We will discuss the issues affecting you/ your family or your child at the current time, together with any relevant background information/history. You will be asked about a number of different areas of your life but there is no obligation to talk about anything you are not comfortable with.
Once we have discussed the issues in more depth, we can develop a joint understanding and discuss then plan the next steps including a treatment plan.
For assessments for young people, adolescents may decide to attend this assessment alone, or with someone e.g. a parent to support them.
We always advise that a parent/ guardian is present for assessments for younger children.
For adults, we will discuss in advance if you would like to bring someone with you to the assessment. Some adults choose to bring a partner, friend, or close relative.
Once we have discussed our recommended plan, you can decide if you would like another appointment. For some clients, an assessment can be a one-off appointment in order to help them understand their difficulties and/or gain a professional opinion. Others may choose to proceed to therapy.
There is no obligation to have further sessions and you do not have to decide during the assessment appointment.
A written summary of your assessment (sometimes called an assessment report), including the treatment plan, will be provided to you via email or post .
With your consent, we will also send a copy to your GP and any other services that you might be involved in whom you would like to have a copy. This will be provided whether or not you choose to book a further appointment. We do not share information without your consent, unless we are concerned about your own or someone else’s safety. However, if we were to be concerned, we would always talk to you about it first.
If you choose to proceed with therapy, you will have an opportunity to change your mind. You are free to cancel the next appointment and any further input without needing to give an explanation. We do not charge for appointments cancelled with more than 48 hours’ notice.