A diagnostic assessment allows a trained clinician to be able to identify root causes for mental health symptoms and to formulate a diagnosis based on those symptoms. Nesting Connections provides diagnostic assessments for ages birth to 18. Rachel has received specialized training in providing diagnostic assessments for children birth to five and is considered a verified provider in the state of Minnesota.
Most insurance companies require a diagnosis in order for insurance to be used. Diagnostic assessments allow clinicians to understand the unique history (including generational history), culture, and story of the individual. Having a child receive a diagnosis can sometimes be a relief for caregivers as they are validated that their child could benefit from therapeutic services. Diagnosing can lead to better treatment options, which can then lead to better outcomes.
Diagnostic assessments are sometimes viewed as controversial as they have the ability to pathologize common reactions to development and/or trauma. Pathologizing behaviors can lead to disproportional and unnecessary labeling. There's also concerns over the system that has created the diagnosis criteria and if some of the diagnosis are rooted in racism, classism, sexism, and ableism.
Although Nesting Connections frequently provides diagnostic assessments, we always aim to reduce stigma of mental health symptoms and work to provide education to family members and community members on the impact of pathologizing and labeling.