A clinical interview will consist of the psychologist asking for information on the reason for the consultation (describing the problem) and for details on your personal history. Questions may deal with the root of the problem, things that alleviate or worsen the problem, how it is affecting work, interpersonal relationships, family relationships, etc. Other questions may touch upon your childhood experiences, your work history, your family situation or your social interactions.

Another stage of information gathering may involve the use of psychological tests. These tests are used to provide a better understanding of the problem at hand. They prove useful in assessing and diagnosing a variety of problems, including:
  • mood disorders (depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder)
  • anxiety disorders
  • personality disorders
  • cognitive disorders (memory, concentration, attention)

To summarize, psychological tests help the psychologist get an objective impression of your specific problem or make a diagnosis, and determine the best treatment for you