Outpatient Assessments

Assessments for Young Adults

Young adults experience myriad emotional and developmental changes following adolescence. Attending college, working, meeting new people and leaving home may generate stressful situations that weren’t present during high school. Avoidance of work or class, falling grades, isolation or relationship troubles may be among the first signs of concern.

When a young adult struggles, a comprehensive outpatient assessment can uncover the underlying causes and provide treatment options. And even more importantly, the insights gained during the assessment process can increase the young adult’s motivation to take healthy action.


To learn more, call us today at 713-275-5140.

The Assessment Process

For the emerging adult, the assessment can easily be tailored to:

  • Learning disabilities, attention deficit or autism spectrum disorder that may have been previously overlooked
  • Mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, including OCD and PTSD
  • Emerging thought disorders, such as schizophrenia
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Emerging personality disorders
  • Sexual identity and gender identity
  • Eating disorders and nutrition
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Excessive spending or other risky behaviors
  • Clarity about vocational goals
  • Relationship problems and isolation from friends or family

The week long (Monday – Friday) collaborative assessment process allows the young adult and the family to understand the medical, emotional and environmental factors involved from an interdisciplinary perspective. All teams include a physician, psychologist and therapist, as well as other specialists specifically chosen based on the young adult’s needs.

Emerging adult assessments begin with:

  • Genetic testing, brain MRI, labs, drug screen and physical exam
  • Two sessions with the young adult and the physician
  • One session with the parents and the physician
  • One session with the young adult and the psychologist as well as standardized psychological testing
  • Four individual sessions with the young adult and the lead therapist
  • One session with the parents and the lead therapist
  • Interviews with current or past clinicians who have been treating the young adult and review of past records
  • Two hour diagnostic feedback and recommendation review with the physician and lead therapist and the young adult and family
  • Written executive summary (about 12 – 15 pages) including case formulation, diagnoses and recommendations for treatment and referrals for next steps

In addition, specialty consultations and evaluations recommended for young adults may include:

  • Academic or neuropsychological (IQ) testing
  • Addiction and compulsive behavior assessment
  • Anxiety assessment
  • Developmental testing
  • Eating disorder and nutritional evaluation
  • Pharmacology review
  • Sexual health assessment
  • Suicidality or self-injury assessment
  • Structured clinical interviews
  • Trauma assessment
  • Vocational assessment

All of our team members are very experienced in engaging young adults and working with families; and the team presents the assessment findings to the young adult in a compassionate and respectful manner. The team, young adult and family collaboratively discuss options for achieving physical and mental health and success, an important step toward taking action on making lifestyle changes.

Young adults often report an increased willingness to engage in treatment following the assessment; and families often describe having a deeper understanding of their young adult and feel relieved to have a plan moving forward.


Scheduling a Young Adult Assessment

Potential clients or their families can call Admissions at 713-275-5140, while mental health providers can make a referral for an assessment by contacting Harrell Woodson, PhD, director of Outpatient Assessments, at 713-275-5400.