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Pre-Surgical Evaluations

Help Therapy has a well-developed team of neuropsychologists and psychologists who offer a wide range of psychological evaluations for patients undergoing surgical procedures. 

Common procedures requiring psychological evaluations:

  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantations (SCS)

  • Bariatric Surgery

  • Organ Transplants and Donors

The reasons patients are required to do pre-surgical psychological evaluations is to determine if the procedure is right for them. Through this important effort, the likelihood of a positive care outcome is increased. A psychological evaluation includes a clinical interview and mental status exam.

Help Therapy provider partners do evaluations in-person or by telehealth visits. Patients are matched to a Help Therapy practitioner that meets their needs and preferences. The process typically takes one to three hours. Reports can be available to referring providers as quickly as 72 hours after your appointment.

About Spinal Cord Stimulator Evaluations

SCS is a relatively new pain management strategy for patients with chronic pain and is increasingly being used as an alternative to medication or back surgery. However, is it not without risks, as the implanted SCS device is attached to the patient's nerve system. Research suggests that psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and/or poor coping skills can lead to poor care outcomes following SCS. 

About Bariatric Surgery Evaluations

Bariatric surgery has become very effective treatment option for morbidly obese patients struggling with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and breathing problems. Patients with psychological stressors may be at higher risk for complications, including regaining weight post surgery. Psychologists play a major role in assessing whether the patient should undergo the surgery or how to ensure the surgery is successful. 

Psychologist’s purpose when performing evaluations is not to prevent patients from having a life changing surgery. Studies have shown that a very small number of individuals are found to be poor candidates based on their psychological evaluation results.

Visit Psychological Assessment's for an overview of psychological evaluations offered by Help Therapy provider partners.

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Evaluations Performed by Help Therapy Provider Partners:

  • Legal capacity and competency exams.

  • Neuropsychological Testing

  • Pre-Surgical Bio-Psychosocial Evaluations (i.e. for Spinal Cord Stimulators and Bariatric Surgeries)

  • Employment screening.

  • Vocational interests and skills inventory for individuals who are planning to enter careers or who are college-bound.

  • Neuropsychological assessment of adolescent and adult memory abilities and other cognitive functioning.

  • Adult personality assessment to assist with assessment of adult psychological dysfunction and mental health treatment planning.

  • Child and adolescent personality assessment to help in problem identification, diagnosis, and treatment planning in youth.

  • Child and adolescent behavioral and emotional issues that may impede an individual’s ability to thrive in home and school environments.

  • Child and adolescent assessment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and problems behavior in youths.

  • Assessments of pain, function, and psychological factors most frequently associated with chronic pain and rehabilitation patient.

  • Assessment of an individual’s verbal, nonverbal, and general cognitive ability.

  • Depression and Anxiety Screening.

Cost:

​Fees vary based on provider, treatment and payment method. 

We accept Medicare, Triwest Alliance, Tricare, Medi-Cal, Cigna, Labor & Industries, Premera, Regence, Lifewise, Optum, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, United Behavioral Health and many more PPOs.

If we do not take your insurance, cost pay options are available at low rates.

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Call: 855-449-0159

Fax: 858-244-0990

To request a presentation, contact todd@helptherapy.com

Pain Management Assessments

Pain researchers now recognize that psychological factors interact in complex multidimensional ways with physiological factors to produce individual’s personal experience of pain.

 

Assessment and treatment of these psychological factors is important for successful resolution of pain conditions.

Psychological Assessments for Pain Patients


HELP professionals provide psychological assessments that:

  1. Screen for pre-surgical selection of candidates for implantable pain therapies.
  2. Identify factors associated with positive and negative pain treatment outcomes.
  3. Recommend remedies for factors associated with negative pain treatment outcomes.
  4. Serve as a foundation for pain management therapies.
  5. Assist medical staff in supporting pain treatment patients in-home.
HELP psychological assessments consider factors such as:
  • Psychiatric/mood symptoms
  • Personality/behavior
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Psycho-social support
  • Experience and duration of pain
  • Pain medication behavior
  • Pain beliefs and coping
  • Impact of pain on functioning




HELP clinicians provide a variety of pain management therapies incorporating:


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family systems therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Meditation/relaxation therapy
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Stress management
  • Lifestyle change support




Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to schedule a HELP psychological assessment or pain management therapy?
A HELP professional will respond to a referral within 48 hours. (self referrals welcomed)
How long does it take to receive the psychological assessment report?
The HELP clinicians with deliver a report within 10 days of the date of assessment. Special provisions can be made in emergency situations. Can psychological assessment or pain management therapies be provided in the home?
Yes. HELP professionals offer services in home, in office and in facility. Can HELP professionals provide a follow up visit after the evaluation?
Yes. HELP does provide in home counseling. Does HELP provide other services?
Yes.