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Initial Screening Assessment

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Screening Assessment

Your screening appointment

Starting your mental health journey can feel challenging. When you’re struggling with something and looking for support, it can be hard to know where to start. We have made this easier by offering an Initial Screening appointment.

Benefits

At your Initial Screening appointment;

  • We’ll find out more about you
  • Understand challenges you’re facing
  • Discuss with you how we might be able to help
  • We can share clear recommendations on the type of treatment that’s just right for you
  • Identify the most suitable therapist

 

Our screening appointments are for self–paying adults aged 18 and over seeking individual therapy. The fee for the initial screening appointment is €85. The follow-up service fees will vary for additional sessions depending on which referral pathway is appropriate for your needs.

To ensure that your Screening Appointment is of most benefit please read the below.

After your initial screening appointment, your clinician will consult with our senior clinical team to agree on the most suitable treatment approach and the best person in our team to work with you, given your needs.

Our approach ensures that your treatment plan is in line with best practice recommendations. Through this approach, you have access to a wide range of experienced mental health professionals including Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Family Therapists.

The high standards of care delivered by our clinicians is assured throughout with all accredited with the relevant professional bodies and are guided by our clinical governance team.

When you make an appointment to see one of our team you will initially complete a mental health clinical screening appointment with one of our experienced clinicians. This may take place either digitally or face to face at a location convenient to you.

While it is not very common, in a small number of cases, the assessment may indicate that our service does not offer the level of support that you need at the present time.  We provide mild to moderate, generalist mental health services and may not have the correct resources to adequately support your needs.

In this case. we will clearly explain the rationale for this and will offer you guidance around the appropriate specialist services and how to access them.

 

Sometimes the difficulties that people are facing require access to a broader more specialised support team, including a medical doctor, psychiatrist or other key professionals.  Our team may not be able to provide this support and in this case would not be a suitable service for all mental health needs.  If any of the following points apply to you, we may not be the appropriate service and would advise that you access mental health support directly through your own GP or other services indicated below.

  1. Are you in crisis at the moment or have concerns that you might be at risk of harming yourself?

Unfortunately, Spectrum Mental Health is not a crisis service and as such cannot provide the support needed. If you are currently at risk of harming yourself please contact Pieta House at 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444. If you have immediate concerns for your safety please contact emergency services.

  1. Do you use any substances that have a significant negative impact on your day-to-day functioning?

Unfortunately, Spectrum Mental Health is not the appropriate service for addressing substance use issues. The National Drug and Alcohol Helpline can be a helpful resource in connecting to such services and can be contacted at 1800 459 459 or at www.drugs.ie. Your GP may also be a helpful resource for referral.

  1. Are you seeking support out of concern that you might be seeing or hearing things that aren’t there?

Unfortunately, Spectrum Mental Health is not have the capacity to provide services for some presenting issues, with these experiences sometimes indicating that medical consultation or triage is appropriate. We encourage to make an appointment with your GP at your earliest convenience to identify helpful supports.

Following your initial screening appointment our client team will be in contact with you within two working days to advise you of the therapist selected to support you and to offer you appointment options at a convenient time and location.

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