The goal of this type of evaluation is to investigate an individual's current emotional functioning and personality style to understand how these factors may be impacting their ability to function in everyday life, including work. Individuals likely to benefit from this type of evaluation include those suffering emotional trauma relating to an accident or injury, those having difficulty coping with chronic pain, and people experiencing stress, depression, anxiety or similar adverse emotional reaction as a consequence of life events.
This type of evaluation involves a clinical interview where the client will be asked questions about their social, psychological, and health history. They will also be asked to discuss any problems that have resulted as a result of a recent trauma, illness, or injury if appropriate. After the interview the client will complete a number of tests to further examine their psychological functioning which can include questionnaires and symptom inventories. Cognitive tests, designed to assess thinking and memory skills, may be employed depending on the individual's complaints.