Immigration Psychological Evaluations

Do you need an immigration psychological evaluation?

Your legal team has probably suggested for you get a psychological evaluation.  In certain immigration cases a thorough, psychological evaluation is necessary to truly understand an individual’s unique situation and needs.  A professional with clinical credentials and experience can assess the mental well-being, emotional experiences, hardships and fears of an individual and capture them in a psychological evaluation that immigration authorities can use to review and assess the merits of a case.  This evaluation allows the immigration authorities to see a detailed picture of your well-being and experiences throughout your immigration journey.

Why Me?

I’m a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides immigration evaluations in the state of Texas.

I have a master’s degree in social work from The Catholic University of America, specializing in mental health.  I was trained to conduct psychological evaluations by several human rights/ legal aid organizations, such as the Tahiri Justice Center, Physicians for Human Rights, Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative (LAHRI), Chicago People’s Rights Collaborative and Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic (BHRAC).  Also, I have taken the specialized curse of Geogia King, LCSWMastering Immigration Evaluations Training.”

While my formal training has contributed to my proven track record as an evaluator, my real training and what makes me the best for your immigration psychological evaluation is the 25 plus years I have working with survivors of crime, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, forced marriage, victims of torture and persecution, refuges, and my own immigrant’s experience in the US.  Having conducted hundreds of evaluations over the past 25 years together with the close work I have done with survivors has given me a deep understanding and comprehension of the dynamics of all these victimizations.

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I Am Here For You

What kind of evaluator am I?

  • Impartial and empathic
  • Skilled at Interviewing
  • Objective in the facts
  • Knowledgeable of the dynamics and factors in the immigration field
  • Detail Oriented
  • Compelling Reports

Process

Step 1: Get Started Today

Reach out today by calling me or sending me an email in the contact session.

Step 2: Sign Consents

Sign respective consents and permissions that allows me to collaborate with your legal team.

Step 3: Meet for the assessment

We will meet to start the interviews virtually, unless you live in the Dallas area, and you prefer to meet in person

Step 4: Synthesize data and produce a report

I will compile the multi-faceted layers of the information I have collected from you, and your legal team throughout this process, into a report.

Step 5: Review immigration evaluation with legal team

I will share the first draft of the report with your legal team and consult with them to ensure that your assessment is as complete as possible.

Step 6: Receive your immigration evaluation

You will receive your immigration psychological evaluation.

FAQ Immigration Psychological Evaluations

An immigration psychological evaluation is a report written by a therapist who has performed a clinical assessment of someone in immigration proceedings.  The report is used by the individual’s lawyers as part of their immigration case.

The final comprehensive report includes: a review of personal, family and background information, a review of psychiatric conditions, the current mental status of the individual assessed, hardship factors, results of a mental status examination and scales, DSM-V diagnosis, a summary, and recommendations. All this information is gathered and compiled into a detailed report (15-25 pages).

We will have conversations about you, your family, your partner(s), how life was living in your country, and the details that are pertinent to your case. These conversations do not have right or wrong answers, our main goal is to get a good picture of your current situation, past traumas or difficulties, and how those difficulties have affected your mental health.

I typically meet 1-4 times with clients to assess their case.  I do not charge a flat fee for the evaluations as every case is different. Some cases will take maybe 1-2 sessions while others may take 3-4. What is important is to obtain all the necessary information

to create a report that captures what happened to you.

In most cases the report is completed 2 weeks after the last interview and once all documents have been received.

I am bilingual in Spanish, my native language.  I can conduct interviews in both English and Spanish. Reports are completed only in English.  For clients who speak other languages besides English or Spanish, I can work with an interpreter to complete the evaluation interview.

My rate is $150 per hour.  Whether that hour is doing interviews, collaborating with the legal team, writing the report, or traveling to meet the client – including detention centers/ hospitals/ etc.

Charging by the hour allows me, as a clinical expert on Immigration Psychological Evaluations, to invest the time that your case requires to produce a personalized, thought-out, and detailed report.

I cannot see clients for both therapy and Immigration Evaluations as dual relationships are considered unethical. Having the same clinician as therapist and evaluator is considered a dual relationship and compromises the objectivity of the evaluator and therefore the report.