Independent Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations 


A Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation, also known as a Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (CCA), or Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment, is a face-to-face evaluation completed by a licensed behavioral health professional to help clarify diagnoses as well as develop an appropriate treatment plan.  A CCA is also used to identify the types of psychotherapy approaches that will be most appropriate to treat the symptoms or issues identified.


The clinician will meet with you, and if it applies, your guardian. The clinician will conduct a clinical interview, or ask a lot of questions, to gather information about any biological/medical concerns, psychological/emotional concerns, and social concerns. 


The clinician will gather additional information which may include:

• The reason for the evaluation

• The duration and frequency of symptoms/concerns

• Past treatment received and effectiveness of treatment

• Education and employment

• Your strengths and risky behaviors


Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation clinical interviews usually take between one to two hours to complete. A written report is created following the evaluation. 

Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations are required by most insurance companies before you can start receiving psychotherapy services.  A shortened, more focused assessment, is completed for Employment Assistance Plan (EAP) clients.  


Referrals for other services or providers may be also made following the psychiatric diagnostic evaluation.

Independent Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations are often completed when a referral is made from an individual or organization needing clinical information about you and recommendations for services. 

I have completed evaluations for individuals for a variety of reasons including clients seeking admission or re-admission into a military branch or for children to be able to go back to school following a suspension or mental health crisis.


Whatever the reason for needing an Independent Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation, I will provide you a very thorough clinical interview followed by a comprehensive report.

Substance Abuse Assessments & Evaluations

  • Substance Use Assessments or Evaluations determine if you have drug or alcohol problems, if these problems can be diagnosed as addiction, assesses the extent or level of addiction, past treatment services, and motivation for participation in a treatment service.  
  • Substance Use Assessments assess for co-occurring conditions (physical or mental health), poly substance use, and assesses how substance use has negatively affected your life.
  • Substance Abuse Evaluations are used to build an effective treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. By assessing your history of substance use and addiction treatment, as well as other factors, you’ll be given the best possible chance at recovery.
  • Substance Abuse Evaluations provide a brief intervention that educates the individual, family members and others on the nature and extent of the individual’s alcohol and drug problem.
  •  Additionally, a Substance Abuse Evaluation provides professional treatment recommendations that can assist an individual in obtaining education and therapy around their alcohol and/or drug issues. 
  • To obtain the most benefit from a Substance Abuse Evaluation, the client must be held accountable by themselves and their support network to follow through on the recommendations. 



When is a Substance Abuse Evaluation Utilized?

Although an alcohol and drug evaluation can be obtained any time there is a concern, there are specific types of situations that a substance abuse evaluation may be required.


Those situations are:

1.  Legal Situations where the individual finds themselves involved in a court process such as:

Driving While Ability Impaired

DWAI Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Custody dispute

2.  Arrest for other crimes where the individual was intoxicated


3.  Parents who suspect alcohol and/or drug use in a dependent or non dependent child

4.  A spouse who requests an evaluation because they observe that the substance use is causing problems for 

      the  individual

5. Adult children who suspect alcohol and/or drug use in a parent

6.  If an individual is reluctant to seek treatment but open to completing an evaluation for the purposes of 

      further   discussion

7. Employment situations where the employer has observed any of the following behaviors:

High absenteeism

Erratic behavior

Frequent and unpredictable mood swings

Coming to work intoxicated

Drinking on the job

Positive random drug screens


Schedule an intake appointment with me here.


1.  Click on the green blocks that says "Sonya Carter Psychotherapist", "Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation" and "Telehealth" .

2.. Click on orange box that says "60 minutes"

3.  A calendar will appear with date and time that I am available.

4.  Click on the blue box that has the time.  A white box will appear that says "Schedule a Meeting".  

      Please input all the requested information in the box.  Click "Schedule Now" at the bottom.

5. Please include in "reason for contact section" the name of your insurance company if you plan to use your benefits..

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