Dr, Mark Cartwright: What Is Therapeutic Assessment?

Dr. Mark Cartwright of Dallas provides therapeutic assessment to help people gain a better understanding of their emotions and behavior. Therapeutic assessment can offer a solution to ongoing problems and challenges. It is different from other methods of psychological assessment in that it does not aim to diagnose a problem or create a specific treatment plan. Though it can lead to the recognition of a problem or a method to treat the problem, its main goal is to facilitate positive change in the client. It is a gentle, less-directed way to make life improvements.

Therapeutic Assessment was developed by Stephen Finn at the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas. The method uses the techniques of collaborative psychological assessment, which is based in humanistic and human-science psychology. These methods differ from other treatment methods because they put the power in the hands of the client and reduce the role of the therapist. Both client and therapist work together to understand the problems and find new ways of coping. At one time these methods were not thought to be helpful, but most therapists now agree that therapeutic assessment should at least be a part of any psychological treatment plan. Dr. Mark Cartwright supports the use of therapeutic assessment and incorporates it into his work with patients.

Mark Cartwright, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist in Dallas, Texas. He is also a Nationally Certified Specialist in School Psychology


An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Based in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Mark Cartwright currently works with patients at Carewright Clinical Services. A trained psychologist, he offers solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy to children and adults of various ages.

Cognitive behavioral therapy involves a psychologist assisting a patient in becoming aware of negative or inaccurate thoughts and providing new ways to address stressful situations. The mental health community often utilizes this short-term treatment for individuals facing anxiety and depression. Others experiencing stress may also benefit.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may take place on an individual basis or in a group setting. Generally, patients meet with therapists once a week for up to an hour. In the first session, the patient and therapist get to know one another and determine the goals of the treatment. In subsequent sessions, the patient discusses specific events or life issues, and the therapist works with him or her to discuss reactions and coping mechanisms. An action-oriented approach, cognitive behavioral therapy often includes homework assignments for the patient.