Assessments are an important tool used to diagnose sexual disorders. While assessments can vary from individual to individual, most times they include testing, interviews, observation, and consultation with one of Insight’s trained professionals. Many of these assessments can be done as part of therapy but some may require a higher level of formality depending on the level of need and purpose of the assessment.
What is a sexuality assessment?
A sexuality assessment is an opportunity for you to be honest and open about your sexual needs, desires, and practices in a safe and nonjudgmental space. Common sexuality assessments include:
- Sexual function issues can escalate to become a sexual disorder. Generally, sexual disorders are abnormalities of the mind, but can also be caused by health or biological factors that result in persistent behavior patterns that can seriously affect your relationships, self-esteem, and negatively impact your life. It’s possible for more than one disorder to be present at the same time in the same person.
- A sex compulsion (out of control sexual behaviour)assessment is a tool or tools used to determine whether an individual becomes obsessive or has a compulsion around sex. Approaching a professional for psychotherapy or an assessment may feel embarrassing but is an essential first step.
- Forensic or violence or sexual offending risk assessments are court related or court mandated. Usually these are ordered by a judge, recommended by a lawyer, or less commonly are taken by any individual who is concerned about their risk of violence or sexual offenses.
Why is the assessment used?
Having a diagnosis of a sexual disorder can confirm your suspicions one way or the other. Assessments can measure the severity of sexual disorders and help to inform treatment.
The assessment process
The process depends on the type of assessment in which you are participating. A formal assessment may include:
- Standard interviewing of the client
- Third party consultation
- Background information review
- Medical health review/check from a medical health professional (General Practitioner, Urologist or Gynecologist)
- Psychological tests
- In-person testing
Depending on the methods used, the amount of time for sexuality assessments to be completed can vary.
If you are interested in learning more about sexuality assessments, please contact Insight Psychological.