Frequently Asked Questions

Fees are charged hourly, so it depends on how long the evaluation takes. A non-refundable retainer is required to begin work on a case. Contact us for more information about our current rates for different types of evaluations. 

States generally do not allow psychologists who are not licensed in their state to practice. Forensic services that do not involve an examinee (record reviews, report writing) are generally not considered “practice” for this purpose. Testimony may or may not be.  Telehealth with an examinee in another state is considered practicing in that state and requires a license.  Some states will grant temporary approval for a limited period of time, usually for a fee. 

We do not accept any form of insurance as payment. Most insurance companies only cover services that are “medically necessary” and expressly do not cover legal services.  

This depends on the type of evaluation needed and individual characteristics of the examinee and could involve anything from one hour long session to several 7-8 hour sessions. Time spent interviewing, testing, or observing the examinee is only part of the time spent on an evaluation, and sometimes a very small part. Most of the time is spent reviewing records, analyzing data, and writing the report. 

I typically ask for all non-priviliged case documents, and the examinee’s mental health records. Depending on the case I may also request medical records, academic records, employment records, military service records, criminal history, relevant audio and video evidence, etc. I also may ask to interview collateral informants in some cases. 

Psychologists use scientifically validated tests to estimate the probability that an individual is “feigning” a mental disorder. 

Our clinicians do not offer treatment to individuals we have seen for an evaluation or might see for an evaluation. Forensic evaluations require me to be impartial and objective and the resulting opinion is often harmful to the examinee. Because we must avoid harming someone we are treating, this would be an irreconcilable dual role. We wouldn’t be able to do both ethically.

We may offer court-ordered treatment in other circumstances depending on clinician availability.

Jails often require a court order or a request from the defendant’s attorney for me to enter to do an evaluation.

Psychologists are doctorate level professionals in psychology, which refers to the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. They are concerned with brain functions, mental processes, behavior, and the relations between them. Psychologists should be well versed in research methods and empirical science although most do not work in research settings. In clinical settings, psychologists assess and treat mental illness and cognitive dysfunction. Psychological assessment typically involves standardized, norm-referenced tests and structured measures of behavior. 

Psychiatrists are medical doctors trained in the field of medicine with a specialization in the treatment of mental illness. They treat mental illness primarily with medicine, in accordance with the “medical model” of disease, though many of them also provide some form of psychotherapy to their patients.  

Both are experts in diagnosing and treating mental illness. Psychological diagnosis usually involves an interview and administration of psychological tests whereas Psychiatric diagnosis is typically based on an interview. Psychologists treat mental illness with psychotherapy. Psychiatrists often treat mental illness with psychotherapy as well, but the primary strategy typically involves medication. 

We are happy to talk with you about how we might be able to help with your case and answer any additional questions you might have. Call our office (225) 224-8098 or send us a message.