Via a telephone or video call, a licensed therapist located in your city or state will perform a mental health assessment.
Conveniently scheduled, the assessment is typically completed within an hour.
At the assessment’s completion, you’ll be informed of the therapist’s decision to recommend an emotional support animal for your treatment.
About the assessment
- This assessment is a comprehensive online biopsychosocial interview.
- It will upwards of an hour to complete.
- Your answers are safely secured on HIPAA-compliant servers.
- You’ll discuss your symptoms in detail, such as how they affect your day-to-day life, what makes them better or worse, and whether and how you’ve tried to manage them on your own.
- If you’re traveling, we’ll also inquire about the animal’s welfare (safety, protection, interaction with humans and other animals).
- Not everyone is approved.
Definition of the biopsychosocial interview
In order to fully understand a individual’s problems, we conduct a biopsychosocial interview that assesses the client on three different dimensions: biological, psychological and social.
This is known as a biopsychosocial interview.
The ESAD biopsychosocial interview is a fully HIPAA-compliant online assessment assessing for biological, psychological and social factors that can be contributing to a problem or problems. Our biopsychosocial interviews are comprehensive, assessing as many possible roots to problems as possible.
The biological (‘bio’) of the biopsychosocial entails questions about medical or genetic issues, age, developmental milestones or physical characteristics. Questions targeting the ‘bio’ aspect on the biopsychosocial assessment may be:
- Do you drink or do drugs? How often?
- Do you have a personal or family history of drug or alcohol abuse?
- Do you have a family history of suicidal or homicidal ideations (creation of ideas and concepts)?
- Do you have any medical problems that are negatively impacting your life?
- Are you on any medications? If so, what are they?
The psychological (‘psycho’) of the biopsychosocial entails questions about a person’s mental status, thoughts, behaviors, feelings, emotions, history of trauma or abuse.
- How would you describe yourself? (Assessing for self image)
- Have you ever seen a therapist or had counseling in the past?
- Have you ever had suicidal or homicidal thoughts, a plan or intent?
Finally, the ‘social’ of the biopsychosocial entails questions about religion, spirituality, economic status, involvement in romantic relationships, or quality of relationships with peers/friends.
- What is your current relationship status?
- How would you describe the relationship between you and your romantic partner?