At Berkeley Psychiatrists, you will be seen by a Consultant Psychiatrist for the total duration of your appointment. This therefore means that you will be seen by someone with guaranteed expertise. The doctor who assesses you will also be in charge of carrying out a treatment plan agreed with you which may include prescribing of medication if need be.
(Up to a maximum of the following durations) Price
- ADHD Assessment (does not require an Initial Assessment) 60-90 £695.00
- ADHD Assessment (Children) (Online or in person) 90 £1,245.00
- ASD Assessment 60-90 £695.00
- Initial Assessment 60 £395.00
- Initial Assessment (Children) 75 £800.00
- Complex Assessment 90 £595.00
All assessments conclude with a report and a treatment plan, which we aim to send to you within 3 working days from the assessment. Berkeley Psychiatrists provides a direct communication service to all of its patients after their assessments. This is free of charge and patients are able to communicate with their doctors via email.
This assessment lasts approximately one hour and is suited for patients who believe they display symptoms of ADHD. These symptoms and a video outlining them are listed under the Diagnosis & Treatment page within the Berkeley Psychiatrists website. Before their appointment the patient receives two brief questionnaires via their email. The patient fills it out and sends it back to Dr de Waal via email. During the appointment, one of our doctors conducts a semi-structured interview with the patient (the so-called ‘DIVA’: the Diagnostic Interview for Adults with ADHD). The results of the questionnaires are combined with the mental state examination of the patient and this leads to a diagnosis. Part of the ADHD assessment is to outline a treatment plan and the various options available. The details explaining our follow-up process concluding with an eventual shared care agreement can be found under the FAQ page within our website. Once the patient is stable and content with the treatment, a shared care proposal will be compiled and submitted to their GP, inviting them to take over prescribing on the NHS.
ADHD Assessment (Children)
At Berkeley Psychiatrists ADHD assessments for children and young people are conducted according to NICE guidelines.
Prior to the assessment the parent(s) will be sent an ADHD screening pack, to be completed by themselves and another
screening pack will be sent to be completed by a teacher at the patient’s school. Both screening packs will need to be
returned to Berkeley Psychiatrists at least 48 hours before the appointment. This assessment can be conducted online or in person.
DAWBA for Young People (age +12)
In addition to the screening packs the young person, the parent(s) and a teacher will be asked to complete the DAWBA (Development and Wellbeing Assessment),at least 48 hours before the assessment. The instructions on how to access and complete the DAWBA will be emailed to the appropriate parties and our admin team and the psychiatrist will be made available to assist if need be.
This assessment lasts approximately one hour and is suited for patients who believe they display symptoms of the following diagnoses: anxiety, depression, psychosis, PTSD, complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Mood Disorder. As a result of having this assessment with one of our doctors, patients can find out whether they indeed have any of these diagnoses.
Initial Assessment (Children)
This assessment lasts approximately 60-75 min and is suited for children and young people and their parents who believe they display symptoms of anxiety, depression, and all other emotional and behavioural difficulties. The assessment of a young person above age of 11 can be conducted via video call, however younger children might need to be seen face to face in the clinic setting. As a result of having this assessment with one of our consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, you can find out whether your children indeed have any of these diagnoses and discuss about treatment options. Prior to the appointment the parent(s) and young person age 11 and above will be asked to complete the DAWBA (Development and Wellbeing Assessment) online, at least 48 hours before the assessment. The instructions on how to access and complete the DAWBA online will be emailed to parent(s) and young person separately and our admin team and the psychiatrist will be made available to assist if need be.
Complex Assessment/Extended Initial Assessment
This assessment lasts approximately 90 minutes. This type of assessment is suited for patients who think they have multiple diagnoses or whose symptoms do not easily fall within diagnostic categories or whose individual circumstances are complex and require extra time to be clarified and understood. Sometimes extra time is also needed if someone has had extensive therapeutical input of various treatment modalities and this may require a detailed review of what worked and what did not.
An assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder lasts approximately an hour. Prior to the assessment the patient will be asked to complete the RAADS-R: the Ritvo Asperger and Autism Diagnostic Scale (revised). This is an 80-statement questionnaire, covering considerable detail of potential autistic traits and is usually best completed with the assistance of someone close to the patient, who can serve as a ‘touchstone’ to explore the correct answers with. The score of the RAADS is diagnostic, which means that within reason the result determines the diagnosis with high accuracy, unlike various screening tools. The assessment concludes with an exploration of what may be the best way forward in terms of treatment of various symptoms (eg so-called ‘autistic meltdowns’, depression and anxiety as co-morbidities etc) and consideration of non-pharmacological approaches. All of this is summarised in a detailed report to the patient.