Mental Health Evaluation

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Mental Health Evalutaion for Court

The thought of a mental health evaluation can be intimidating. It is important to find the right mental health evaluator who listens well and takes the time to achieve the correct diagnosis. Your psychiatrist must collaborate with you to formulate a treatment plan that will help you to achieve your goals and heal.

When mental health evaluations are ordered by the court or the employer, extra care must be taken by the evaluator to understand your situation and help you take the right steps to work towards recovery.

A well-thought-out comprehensive online mental health evaluation by a mental health evaluator for clinical treatment and court can help you achieve your goals and improve your life. With timely and accurate diagnosis, you take the first step towards living a happier and more fulfilling life.

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Quality Mental health Evaluations Conducted at Gaba Telepsychiatry

Online Mental Health Evaluation

An online mental health evaluation is a psychiatric evaluation or psychological evaluation conducted on a videoconferencing platform rather than in person.

During an online evaluation, an accurate and careful evaluation by an online psychiatrist ensures:

  • Acquiring the right psychiatric diagnosis
  • Understanding the cause of symptoms, such as environmental factors, medical reasons, and psychodynamic factors
  • Understanding stressors leading up to the event
  • Formulating an appropriate treatment plan
  • Prescribing the right medication
  • Collaborating with the patient and answering their questions
  • Avoiding mistakes and miscommunication

A poorly conducted evaluation can lead to miscommunication, wrong diagnosis, ineffective treatment plans, and bad treatment outcomes.

Hence, a good mental health evaluator should take adequate time and care to consider all the above factors while conducting the evaluation and ensure that you feel comfortable, do not feel judged, and get all your questions answered.

Online or In-Person Mental Health Evaluation: Which is Better?

An online evaluation should be exactly the same as an in-person evaluation. It is the quality and strength of the evaluation that is important.

Why Choose an Online Mental Health Evaluation?

It is a matter of personal preference whether to see an evaluator online or in person. An online mental health evaluation enables you to see the psychiatrist or psychologist of your choice regardless of location. For certain types of mental health evaluations, especially for the court, specialist knowledge or experience may be required.

You may need an evaluator with specialist clinical knowledge, for example, for Autism, ADHD, Addiction, Childhood, Geriatric and Transgender Psychiatry. Not all psychiatrists are comfortable with certain specialties.

Mental Health Evaluation for Court

When the mental health evaluation is for the court or an employer, a much longer evaluation is typically needed than a regular clinical evaluation. The evaluator needs to investigate the circumstances that led to the client’s mental fitness being questioned and any mitigating circumstances, which may have led to behavior that is out of character. If allegations against the client appear to be false or exaggerated, the evaluator should address these allegations, and allow the client time to tell his or her side of the story.

The Mental health evaluator should demonstrate who the client is as a person based on history and collateral evidence and include any mitigating circumstances that may have led to behavior that was typically out of character.

The mental health evaluation for court should also address:

  • The client’s level of insight and motivation to fix issues and receive treatment
  • Whether stressors have resolved
  • Whether the client is responding to treatment
  • What steps the client has made to ensure that the issue gets resolved
  • Why previous evaluations may not have been conducted as per required standards of care
  • Why the previous diagnosis may be inaccurate
  • What has changed, why the client is fit to return to work, and why the client is no longer a danger to self or others

At Gaba Telepsychiatry, our online psychiatrists are experienced in providing mental health evaluations for court and other legal purposes. They take adequate time to provide the best evaluation possible.

As well as completing evaluations for court the psychiatrists can provide treatment plans and recommendations that will help the client live in the community, care for their children, and return to work. We are here to help you achieve your goals by understanding psychodynamic factors and identifying therapy goals and modalities.

Gaba Telepsychiatry offers mental health evaluation for the following services

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Mental Health Evaluation Online for Court

Who should conduct a mental health evaluation online?

A mental evaluation online should be performed by an experienced board-certified psychiatrist (mental health evaluator) who has completed medical school and residency training and has a valid medical license.
Dr Valeria Serban

Dr. Valeria Serban

Board Certified Psychiatrist with Multiple State Licenses MBBS (MD)

Dr. Valeria Serban has over 20 years of experience as a neuropsychiatrist practicing general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Along with treatment, Dr. Serban conducts online mental health evaluations for clinical diagnosis, medication management, and more.

Dr. Serban conducts a comprehensive mental evaluation and treats various psychiatric illnesses associated with neurological conditions such as migraine, epilepsy, concussion, stroke, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, and other neurological conditions.

As an expert in mental health care, Dr. Serban also does a detailed mental evaluation to help treat various types of psychiatric illness and age-related cognitive decline, such as psychosis, social phobia, bipolar disorder, dementia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, panic disorder, mood disorder, postpartum depression, and other medical conditions resulting in psychiatric symptoms.

Medical School

University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, Romania

Neurology Residency Training

University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, Romania

Master of Philosophy (M.Ph.) - Neuroscience

NYS Institute for Basic Research, New York

Internal Medicine Residency

Temple University Hospital, Pennsylvania

Neurology Residency

Temple University Hospital, Pennsylvania

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Neuroscience

NYS Institute for Basic Research, City University of New York - Graduate Center

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Electromyography - American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
Neuromuscular Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Recertification - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Dr Tony Issac

Dr. Tony Issac

Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York & New Jersey (MD)

Dr. Tony Isaac is an experienced double Board Certified Psychiatrist with a keen interest in evaluating and treating mental health illnesses such as insomnia, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Dr. Issac specializes in addiction recovery treatments and medication management and uses a combination of psychotherapy and sensitive medication titration to help his patients achieve a collaborative treatment plan.

Using both medication and non-medication techniques, Dr. Issac focuses on recovery and healing, thereby improving the overall mental health of his patients and helping them live fuller and happier lives.

Dr. Issac is popular among his patients for being very kind, respectful, empathetic, articulate, patient, and always willing to listen. He conducts suicide assessments and acute stabilization, which includes working with the family and employer to provide the required care and support.

Medical School
St. George's University: School of Medicine
Psychiatry Residency Training
Richmond University Medical Center: affiliate of Mount Sinai Health Network
Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Psychobiology
Binghamton University- State University of New York
Board Certification
American Board of Preventative Medicine- Addiction Medicine, Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology- Psychiatry, Board Certification
Dr Gundu Reddy

Dr. Gundu Reddy

Board Certified Psychiatrist with Multiple State Licenses MBBS (MD)

Dr. Gundu Reddy is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience practicing clinical psychiatry. She also has ten years of experience practicing forensic psychiatry. Dr. Reddy has trained in medication management, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Reddy has a special interest in integrative psychiatry and believes that multiple factors should be considered when evaluating for mental health illnesses and treating a patient. That includes genetic and developmental factors, medical illness, nutrition, hormones, and environmental and dynamic factors.

Dr. Reddy is a mental health expert who believes that “brain health is the key to personal wellbeing” and considers genetics, medical, hormonal, nutritional, dynamic, and environmental factors while creating a treatment plan for her patients. She is extremely popular among her patients and is known to be patient, sympathetic, kind and compassionate.

Dr. Reddy invariably spends considerable time with her patients in providing insightful advice and prescribing the proper medications.

Medical School
The United Medical Dental Schools of Guys Kings and St Thomas' at King's College London
Psychiatry Residency Training
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training
NYU Psychoanalytic Institute
Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry Neurology
Virtual Psychiatrist

Dr. Valeria Serban

Virtual Psychiatrist

Dr. Tony Issac

Virtual Psychiatrist

Dr. Gundu Reddy

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Clinical Services: California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee

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Forensic Psychiatry Services: All of the US and Canada

How much does it cost to see an online psychiatrist at Gaba Telepsychiatry?

Your first online appointment with one of our psychiatrists will cost $400. The follow-up appointments will be $250. If you have out-of-network benefits, we can submit claims on your behalf.

What is a Mental Health Evaluation?​

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A mental health evaluation is a clinical interview conducted with the purpose of screening for mental illness. It is a conversation between the psychiatrist and the patient to help decide the kind of support that they need. The initial screening is usually followed by more specific testing.

Such an evaluation is also used to screen for trauma, defenses, personality traits, external stressors, and medical illness, which may be contributing to mental health symptoms.

In some cases, its purpose is to determine safety and risk to self and others. An evaluation can also be used for clinical treatment, employment, court, child custody, or criminal defense. After obtaining an accurate diagnosis, the online psychiatrist can formulate a treatment plan and path towards recovery.

What Happens During a Mental Health Evaluation?

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  1. The online psychiatrist or mental health evaluator meets the client over a HIPAA- compliant video platform
  2. The client signs consent forms
  3. The mental health evaluator asks the client the purpose of the mental health evaluation to understand their goals
  4. The evaluator then asks them about:
    • Presenting Complaint
    • History of the presenting complaint: This includes recent symptoms or symptoms during the event, any recent trauma and stressors, and other mitigating factors and causative factors
    • Recent Stressors
    • Psychiatric History
    • Substance Abuse History
    • Trauma History
    • Developmental History
    • Family Psychiatric History
    • Medical History
    • Social History
    • Relationship History
    • Forensic History
    • History of Violence
  5. After receiving answers, the mental health evaluator:
    • Reviews collateral information
    • Formulates a diagnosis
    • Explains the diagnosis to the patient
    • Orders lab tests in some cases to exclude hormonal or other medical factors causing psychiatric illness
    • Explains medication and therapy options
  6. Finally, the mental health evaluation is documented

If the mental health evaluation is for the court or an employer, an online psychiatrist provides a medical opinion about:

  • Stressors before illness
  • Whether the stressors have resolved
  • Whether the client needs further treatment
  • Client’s level of insight, and whether or not, he or she is likely to be compliant with treatment
  • Whether the client is likely to be a danger to themselves or others
  • Whether the client expresses regret and remorse for past offenses, whether he or she is likely to repeat offenses, and if the offenses were due to mental illness (in case of forensic evaluation)

The online therapist must also explain what steps have been taken to prevent relapse of symptoms.

Can a Mental Health Evaluation be Conducted Online?

Online mental health evaluations via video conferencing are accepted by the courts, employers, and other medical practitioners. The evaluator must follow the same procedures and standards of care, similar to those of an in-person visit.

Online screening or evaluation is the fastest and easiest way to determine if you are exhibiting mental health condition symptoms.

Just before the evaluation, you will be asked to sign consent forms. This step is to access your medical history, symptoms, medication history, and other related information. It also gives authorization for doctors to discuss mental health conditions and treatment with your family members.

Who should get a mental health evaluation and when?

A person should seek a mental health evaluation if:

  • They are experiencing psychiatric symptoms including, depression, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions, compulsions, insomnia, racing thoughts, impulsivity, auditory or visual hallucinations, problems with attention or concentration, anger or rage, irritability, loss of productivity, disturbance of sleep and appetite.
  • They are experiencing cognitive difficulties including problems with memory and decision-making.
  • They are experiencing problems with attention, concentration, organization, and task completion.
  • Their symptoms are causing problems with work or relationships.
  • It is ordered by the court or an employer.
  • There is an active DHS case (child protective services) or if you are being denied custody of your child.
  • Required for aviation, military, law enforcement, and firearms.
  • Required clearance for gender reassignment, gastric bypass, and other medical procedures.

Ref:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29380474/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35198133/

How Much Does an Online Mental Health Evaluation Cost?

A mental health evaluation is typically more cost-effective when conducted online. However, it is typically the length of the evaluation and complexity which determines the price. Evaluations for the court and licensing boards are usually much more expensive and detailed than clinical evaluations.

Mental Health Evaluator

Medical health evaluations can be performed by therapists or psychiatrists. If you need an evaluation for court, criminal defense, employment, aviation, fitness to drive, or other legal purposes, you will require a board-certified psychiatrist.

Likewise, if you think you may need to be prescribed psychiatric medication, your mental health evaluator must be a medical doctor or a board-certified psychiatrist. He or she must have completed medical school and residency training, and have a valid license to practice medicine.

An initial clinical diagnostic evaluation can take 60 – 120 minutes. An evaluation for court and legal purposes can take several hours.

How to Find a Mental Health Evaluator?

You can contact a board-certified psychiatrist for a mental health evaluation by scheduling online for an initial consultation or calling +1(833)312-4222.

Court-ordered Mental Health Evaluation

A mental health evaluation for court can be requested either by the judge, plaintiff, or defendant’s attorney. They are often requested for the purposes of criminal defense, DUI, child custody, guardianship, medical practice, personal injury, etc.

How a mental health evaluation may help you in court?

  • A mental health evaluation or psychiatric evaluation will help you in court both for criminal defense or child custody, guardianship, professional licensing, personal injury, and many other situations.
  • The psychiatric evaluation can help the judge and jury understand who you are as a person.
  • If you have been accused of committing a crime or behaving inappropriately in the context of mental illness, a mental health evaluation can help explain your illness and how symptoms may have led you to behave in a way that is out of character.
  • Mental health assessments can help you explain stressors, provocation, and other mitigating factors that may have led to a worsening of psychiatric symptoms. It can also give you a chance to explain how these stressors have been resolved.
  • If you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, it is an opportunity to demonstrate that you have insight into your illness; you are willing to receive treatment and take the right steps toward recovery.
  • Psychiatric evaluations can also help you demonstrate that you have worked towards recovery and that you are not a danger to yourself or others.
  • A well-written mental health evaluation can sometimes strengthen your case to help your attorney request a lesser charge or a lighter sentence.
  • A well-written assessment can strengthen your child custody case.

It can sometimes be intimidating when a judge orders a mental health evaluation. However, providing you follow the correct steps the evaluation can be used to your advantage.

As well as telling your side of the story, you can also place allegations into perspective, and provide collateral references e.g. from an employer to disprove allegations of severe mental illness or untreated mental illness.

Getting a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation involves the following steps:

  • Find a board-certified psychiatrist
  • Submit a copy of the motion
  • Schedule an interview with the board-certified psychiatrist
  • Discuss the reasons and goals of your mental health evaluation
  • Get an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations

If you have a history of mental illness, a court-ordered mental health evaluation can give you a chance to demonstrate that you are receiving treatment, taking medications, and that your symptoms are under control. Demonstrating that you can take care of your mental health, gives you a chance to present yourself in a positive light.

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Who pays for court-ordered mental health evaluation?

Usually, the person being evaluated pays for a court-ordered mental health evaluation. In some cases, the individual may be able to request assistance from the court. Hence, it is a good idea to consult your attorney.

For child custody evaluations, both parties usually split the cost of the evaluation. The purpose of a private evaluation is to make sure that the evaluator takes adequate time and care to consider all the factors required in the evaluation.

Types of Mental Health Evaluations for Court

There are many situations in which the court may demand a mental health evaluation. With our efficient online framework, our online evaluators can help you with the following:

  • Mental health evaluation for parole
  • Mental health evaluation for probation
  • Mental health evaluation for criminal defense
  • Mental health evaluation for guardianship
  • Mental health evaluation for professional licensing
  • Mental health evaluation for civil litigation
  • Mental health evaluation for disability
  • Mental health evaluation for child custody
  • Mental health evaluation for fitness to parent and DHS

Mental Health Evaluation for Court Online

Psychiatrists at Gaba Healthcare specialize in conducting such online psychiatric evaluations while acknowledging their ethical considerations, purpose, and process. Our online mental health evaluators ensure that they provide you with the support you need to help you through your evaluation.

For court-ordered evaluation, please contact us for pricing.

Will an Online Mental Health Evaluation for Court be accepted by the Judge?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, online mental health evaluations are usually accepted by the court. Most judges are sensitive to the fact that it is often hard to find a local mental health evaluator. They understand that many individuals cannot afford an in-person evaluation and testimony. We usually ask that you check with your attorney before starting an online evaluation for legal purposes.

Online mental health evaluations are commonly conducted for criminal defense, guardianship, medical malpractice, child custody, personal injury defense, fitness to drive, aviation, and many other purposes.

Psychiatrists at Gaba Telepsychiatry are experienced in providing court-ordered mental health evaluations. The purpose of court-ordered evaluations is typically to assess if the client is a danger to the community or their children, and whether they can follow the conditions of parole. At Gaba Telepsychiatry psychiatrists work with the court to help provide treatment plans and satisfy court requirements.

How to get a Court-ordered Mental Health Evaluation ?

You can call us on 18333124222, or schedule an appointment online via our website. Our clinical services are available in New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, and California.

Gaba telepsychiatry is an online platform where the assessment is performed via telecommunication from anywhere.

Dr. Gundu Reddy is a board-certified psychiatrist with ten years of experience practicing forensic psychiatry and fifteen years of experience in clinical psychiatry.

Seeing a mental health evaluator online is effective, easy & convenient.
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Dr. Valeria Serban

Board Certified Psychiatrist with Multiple State Licenses MBBS (MD)

Dr. Valeria Serban has over 20 years of experience as a neuropsychiatrist practicing general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Along with treatment, Dr. Serban conducts online mental health evaluations for clinical diagnosis, medication management, and more.

Dr. Serban conducts a comprehensive mental evaluation and treats various psychiatric illnesses associated with neurological conditions such as migraine, epilepsy, concussion, stroke, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, and other neurological conditions.

As an expert in mental health care, Dr. Serban also does a detailed mental evaluation to help treat various types of psychiatric illness and age-related cognitive decline, such as psychosis, social phobia, bipolar disorder, dementia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, panic disorder, mood disorder, postpartum depression, and other medical conditions resulting in psychiatric symptoms.

Medical School

University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, Romania

Neurology Residency Training

University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, Romania

Master of Philosophy (M.Ph.) - Neuroscience

NYS Institute for Basic Research, New York

Internal Medicine Residency

Temple University Hospital, Pennsylvania

Neurology Residency

Temple University Hospital, Pennsylvania

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Neuroscience

NYS Institute for Basic Research, City University of New York - Graduate Center

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Electromyography - American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
Neuromuscular Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
Recertification - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

Dr. Tony Issac

Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York & New Jersey (MD)

Dr. Tony Isaac is an experienced double Board Certified Psychiatrist with a keen interest in evaluating and treating mental health illnesses such as insomnia, panic attacks, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Dr. Issac specializes in addiction recovery treatments and medication management and uses a combination of psychotherapy and sensitive medication titration to help his patients achieve a collaborative treatment plan.

Using both medication and non-medication techniques, Dr. Issac focuses on recovery and healing, thereby improving the overall mental health of his patients and helping them live fuller and happier lives.

Dr. Issac is popular among his patients for being very kind, respectful, empathetic, articulate, patient, and always willing to listen. He conducts suicide assessments and acute stabilization, which includes working with the family and employer to provide the required care and support.

Medical School
St. George's University: School of Medicine
Psychiatry Residency Training
Richmond University Medical Center: affiliate of Mount Sinai Health Network
Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Psychobiology
Binghamton University- State University of New York
Board Certification
American Board of Preventative Medicine - Addiction Medicine, Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Psychiatry, Board Certification

Dr. Gundu Reddy

Board Certified Psychiatrist with Multiple State Licenses MBBS (MD)

Dr. Gundu Reddy is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience practicing clinical psychiatry. She also has ten years of experience practicing forensic psychiatry. Dr. Reddy has trained in medication management, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Reddy has a special interest in integrative psychiatry and believes that multiple factors should be considered when evaluating for mental health illnesses and treating a patient. That includes genetic and developmental factors, medical illness, nutrition, hormones, and environmental and dynamic factors.

Dr. Reddy is a mental health expert who believes that “brain health is the key to personal wellbeing” and considers genetics, medical, hormonal, nutritional, dynamic, and environmental factors while creating a treatment plan for her patients. She is extremely popular among her patients and is known to be patient, sympathetic, kind and compassionate.

Dr. Reddy invariably spends considerable time with her patients in providing insightful advice and prescribing the proper medications.

Medical School
The United Medical Dental Schools of Guys Kings and St Thomas' at King's College London
Psychiatry Residency Training
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training
NYU Psychoanalytic Institute
Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry Neurology