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Forensic Assessment/Treatment

Stephens & Bradley are able to provide expert assessment and preparation of forensic psychological reports. Depending on the extent of assessment and report requirements forensic sessions generally can last between two (2) and four (4) hours, however more involved assessments may require further time. Where required the sessions can be conducted over a number of days.

Unlike clinical therapy, forensic assessments are generally requested by legal practitioners with a view of producing a report for use in Court matters. As the assessment and interview form the basis of any Court report what is discussed during a forensic assessment does not have the strict confidentiality of a clinical therapy session. Please see our our Confidentiality page for clarification regarding this.

Clinical Therapy

Your initial appointment will include a comprehensive assessment where we will work with you to discuss your goals, expectations and the best way to manage and improve your psychological and, if appropriate, your physical health. In subsequent sessions therapy progress will be assessed against your goals, and you will be encouraged to provide feedback to ensure that your needs are met. Clinical sessions generally last 50 minutes, unless specific therapeutic requirements necessitate longer sessions. No clinical session will extend past two (2) hours.

It is important to acknowledge that you and your psychologist may differ when it comes to your treatment goals, and whilst your psychologist will advise and encourage you to undertake particular treatment(s), you always remain in control of your treatment options.

Your clinician is bound by confidentiality, and as a general rule what is discussed in session is strictly confidential and your information will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent. However you are directed to our Confidentiality page for clarification regarding this matter.

It is important for you to understand that in situations where there may be potential harm to yourself or others, or if the law demands it, we have a duty of care to disclose information disclosed during session. Also if your treatment records are subpoened by a Court, those records must be provided.

"We teach people how to treat us."

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