Who is the individual assessment for?

Anyone interested in receiving professional, and confidential assistance with their mental health or substance or behavioural health concerns. It can be especially beneficial for people who are looking for a fresh perspective on what may be driving their symptoms, who are frustrated with experiencing persistent impairment from their mental health symptoms despite having previously sought medical intervention or unsuccessfully trying to figure things out on their own, or who are eager to pursue further self-growth.

What happens in the individual assessment?

The individual assessment is a comprehensive, initial evaluation of your mental health and overall well-being. It is a three stage process that is outlined below.

Stage 1

The individual assessment begins with a new patient registering themselves with the clinic and submitting their $300 payment for the intake. After successfully registering, you will receive a welcome package with intake forms to be completed prior to your initial appointment with Dr. Sharma.

This first appointment will involve reviewing the intake forms and understanding your personal mental health, substance/behavioural habits, family, social, and medical history. This information will provide us with important context for your personal health up to this point.

At the end of your first appointment with Dr. Sharma, your next initial assessment appointment will be booked.

Stage 2

The comprehensive, initial assessment with Dr. Sharma which involves a detailed review of your personal mental health, substance/behavioural habits, family, social, and medical history will take place over the course of 1-4 separate appointments.

Stage 3

At the conclusion of the comprehensive, initial assessment, Dr. Sharma will review his assessment with you and inform you of the following:

  1. Your specific treatment needs,
  2. Your suitability for psychotherapy treatment at this time, and 
  3. Whether there is a suitable patient-physician fit to work with Dr. Sharma

Only once the initial assessment is complete (after the first 1-4 sessions) will Dr. Sharma make personalized treatment recommendations and share his assessment with regards to your specific treatment needs, suitability for psychotherapy treatment and working with him, as well as making clear the expectations of pursuing psychotherapy treatment together (in addition to what is listed in the section below).

What Do I Have to Do for the Initial Assessment?

I am aware that in order to pursue an initial assessment +/- psychotherapy treatment with Dr. Sharma, I must agree to and adhere to the following at all times:

  • Show up on time to all of my scheduled appointments and be ready to engage sincerely
  • Attend appointments from a private, and quiet location with a reliable internet connection and without interruption or disturbance from others
  • Attend appointments for their full scheduled duration
  • Be an active participant in my own treatment; sharing honestly, openly, and being willing to follow through on treatment recommendations
  • Not consume any substances prior to or during my scheduled appointments and otherwise not show up intoxicated or under the influence for any of my appointments
  • Proactively communicate any need to reschedule appointments 48+ hrs in advance of their originally scheduled time
  • Commit to attending weekly or biweekly appointments
  • Commit to attending appointments from Monday to Friday at 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, or 2:30 PM as available/offered to me; sticking with a consistent day/time each week

Failure to adhere to the above will lead to termination of the assessment and/or treatment phase as applicable.

How do I book an individual assessment?

Register yourself with the clinic here and follow the prompts to book your first intake appointment for individual therapy and submit your payment.

What is the cost of the individual assessment?

The cost for the comprehensive, initial, individual assessment is $300.

Above payment of $300 is a one-time cost covering the administration and review of the comprehensive New Patient Intake form in advance of your first appointment; this is not covered by Alberta Healthcare.

After booking an intake assessment you will receive a patient welcome package via email. Upon receiving the patient welcome package the following is required:

  1. The patient profile and intake forms must be completed prior to your first appointment with Dr. Sharma.

*A valid credit card is required to be kept on file with the clinic. See our Policies & Fees section for more detail.

What are the next steps after I complete an individual assessment?

In your final appointment in the initial assessment, this will be reviewed with the physician overseeing your care at Think Recovery. You are welcome to book hour long, individual therapy appointments in followup with a physician at no cost, following this if the decision to proceed from the assessment phase into psychotherapy treatment is mutually agreed upon.

A total of 24 sessions will be made available to you (inclusive of the sessions required for the initial assessment). Once 24 total sessions have been completed, the option to renew for another treatment cycle needs to be mutually agreed upon in order to continue further. Otherwise the patient-physician relationship will end at that time.