Mental Health and Psychosocial Evaluations
I provide culturally sensitive mental health evaluations and psychosocial assessments to assist attorneys in establishing credibility for asylum applicants in regards to whether the applicant suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and/or other mental disorders in the wake of political violence, torture, and discrimination. Because of my cross-cultural expertise and clinical experience with survivors of torture and domestic violence, I can assess and convincingly report if abuse has occurred. This can significantly substantiate the applicant’s declaration. I take referrals for the following cases:
- Asylum or refugee: A refugee is a person who cannot return to their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of persecution or because the person’s life or freedom is threatened.
- Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): This allows an abused spouse of a US citizen, legal permanent resident, or an abused parent of a US citizen to apply for legal status in the United States. VAWA applies to survivors of domestic violence for whom it is essential to escape violence and establish safe and independent lives.
- Hardship Waivers (I-601 and I-601A): This applies to the spouses and children of non-residents who are about to be deported. The non-citizen must demonstrate that waiver denial would cause extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) family member.
The evaluation consists of several questionnaires to be filled out by the applicant independently and the interview, which last at least 3 hours to assess a client’s current symptoms and document the client’s psychosocial history. Then a report is drafted and sent confidentially to the attorney. Once the attorney approves the draft, the final report is signed and mailed to be submitted to the court. I do not work with interns and dedicate myself to prepare every report personally.
Please contact me for fee inquiries. Upon request, the report can be provided within 24h after the interview.