Mental Health Treatment Center Admissions
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Mental Health and Wellness

Assessment and Screening Service

Solara Mental Health offers a full-service psychiatric and psychological testing and assessment service.  All of our applicants are screened through a combination of our internal treatment team and outside consulting professionals. Our Psychiatrist physicians and our psychological clinicians have extensive experience in psychiatric and psychological testing and diagnostics. Our assessment service is available to Solara Mental Health clients, as well as to others who may not be participating in our treatment programs.  This does involve additional costs for some services rendered.

Every brain is a unique ‘puzzle’ of genetics (nature), experiences (nurture), physical health, learned responses, personality, trauma/injuries and diseases. Our tests and assessments can sort out the factors that influence how the brain is working, or not working optimally, in order to understand and explain abnormalities.

We then use this information to create a ‘road map’ of customized recommendations for the most effective and efficient therapy, treatments and medications.

The Solara Mental Health Center’s Assessment Clinic can perform screening and provide global and targeted evaluations. While each assessment entails components specific to its category and to the individual, most assessments include the following:

  • Individual History
  • History of the Problem
  • Family History
  • Substance Use
  • Developmental History
  • Medical History
  • Social History
  • Mental Status

Psychiatric Evaluation

Conducted by our psychiatric physician, it is comprehensive and medical in nature. It may include blood tests or other medical evaluation (obtained through observation and interview), mood assessment, reality testing, and mental status. Following the extensive interview, the doctor will arrive at a psychiatric diagnosis, if appropriate. Our Psychiatrists are expert at extracting subtle physical and behavioral nuances that can help correctly pinpoint the presenting issues.

Psychological Evaluation

Our expert, clinical psychologists conduct this evaluation.  It involves many of the same considerations of the medical evaluation, but it also includes client information collected from multiple data points, combined with specific testing tools. These aggregated information and test results provide a snapshot of behavior, cognitive functioning, mood and others.  These are utilized to make interpretations and recommendations for ongoing care.

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Conducted by an expert neuropsychologist, a neuropsychological evaluation falls under the psychological evaluation category and is used to evaluate the relationship between brain function and behavior. This evaluation aids in identifying brain-based disorders, such as:

  • Attention Disorders (ADHD; ADD)
  • Memory Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self-Awareness Disorders
  • Cognition Deficit
  • Emotional Expression Issues

The results of this testing will give a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s strengths and impairments in these areas.  These can then be utilized to create a ROAD MAP of customized recommendations for therapy, treatments, and medications.

Assessment Services Summary

  • Doctoral level psychologists and board-certified psychiatrists.
  • Full spectrum of tests, both psychiatric and psychologic.
  • State-of-the-Art assessment materials and resources.
  • Expert explanation, diagnostics, and treatment recommendations provided
  • Referrals provided to the psychiatric and psychological treatment communities.

What Our Clients Say

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment - I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years - maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.