An assessment is a process applied by a psychologist to reach a better understanding of the problems experienced by the person in consultation. This process is helpful in evaluating and diagnosing mood disorders, personality traits and cognitive functioning (e.g., problems with memory and concentration).

It frequently happens that a client is specifically referred for a psychological assessment (Insurance compensation, the Court, differential diagnostis ...) and often the evaluation process will lead to the preparation of a report to the referring source. Also, psychological assessments may be necessary in the planning of psychological treatment, to clarify a diagnosis, in understanding cognitive dysfunctions and the resources of the individual that can helpful to the psychological intervention.

How does the psychologist perform an assessment?
What evaluation methods are used?