Psychological Assessment


For the past 25 years I have been providing psychological assessment reports for solicitors around issues such as:

  • To what degree is the client’s mental condition a result of the index accident?
  • What is the contribution of the clients pre-existing psychological problems to their response to the index accident/event?
  • Is the client suffering from a psychological disorder and how much can this be attributed to a criminal event (such as a robbery where the client was held hostage)?
  • Was the client’s failure to give a breathalyser test the result of a panic attack?
  • What is the prognosis?
  • Can you provide advice on the possibility of psychological therapy for the client and how much improvement might be expected from a course of therapy?

These and many other questions can be addressed and a useful depth of psychological understanding provided.  I see clients at my office in Talbot Woods, central Bournemouth in a pleasant and re-assuring setting.  Clients sometimes bring relations or friends to support them and it is my usual practice to involve them initially, but then ask them to wait as I interview the client in more depth.  For young people they may need their parent to stay with them during the entire interview.

The interview is often in-depth and quite long (up to 2 hours).  It is important to develop a good relationship with the client, with breaks for refreshment and comfort breaks.  I also ask clients to fill in a battery of psychometric assessment scales, which they normally complete without problems in the interview, but if it is difficult for them, I can assist them or give them the assessments to complete at home.

The in-depth interview, psychometric assessments and a careful reading of the accompanying documents allow me to produce a detailed and often insightful understanding of their issues and problems.