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