What is Therapeutic Assessment or TA?
To do so, we must first identify a person’s identity, living conditions, goals, and challenges, upbringing, the support around that person’s traumatic experiences past history, general health, and non-psychiatric illnesses, nutrition, level of exercise, quality of sleep, the history of psychiatric conditions and the effectiveness of any therapy the individual may have undergone in the past.
This process takes time, but the better we know our clients, the better we can serve them. TA or therapeutic assessment is an interview conducted by one of our clinicians for all of our new clients. It incorporates the components of a regular psychiatric or psychological assessment but emphasizes understanding our clients and envisioning their life. The session duration is around 60 minutes, providing our clients with a safe and non-judgmental environment to express themselves without feeling rushed. As the name of the assessment suggests, our goal is to understand how we can best help each client and meet her/his therapeutic needs.
The end goal of our TA is to develop a strong understanding of our clients and their lives in order to provide them with a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan.
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When our genes interact with a negative physical source (poor nutrition, environmental toxins/radiation, dysfunctional family dynamics, etc.) as well as a negative emotional source (anxiety and stress, depression) a state of disease can follow.
Symptoms only occur when an overburdened mind/body system has reached its threshold of keeping this disease at bay. Often times conventional medicine or compartmentalized medicine (the skin rash is only seen as a rash rather than a systemic disease involving the bowels for example) aims to alleviate these symptoms through the use of medications.
When applying functional medicine, we first spend a significant amount of time with you creating a full picture of your current health status. Then, we formulate a comprehensive plan of action for your health. Whether you decide to take advantage of the guidance by our life coaches or go it alone, we will provide you with ample opportunities to discuss and finetune this plan as you go through with it.
We use advanced laboratory testing and assessments to find the source of the disease. Then, we take advantage of the latest advances in nutrition and detoxification programs, nutrigenomics, nutraceuticals and supplements, psychological therapies (such as mindfulness-based stress reduction), and psychophysiological therapies (such as neurofeedback) to guide you toward optimal health.