Areas of Treatment:

  • Bariatric evaluations
  • DUI evaluations
  • Psychological testing and assessment

DUI Evaluations

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence is a serious and potentially life-changing event. An arrest is embarrassing often causing shame, anger, and depression. While contemplating the consequences of this mistake, it is helpful to become proactive and look to improve the situation in any way possible. In addition to looking for legal representation, another important step for a case is to get a DUI evaluation from a licensed therapist.

There are a variety of reasons to seek an evaluation after an arrest for DUI. In addition to assisting in a legal defense, an evaluation can demonstrate an understanding regarding the seriousness of the situation and an effort to take responsibility.

Dr. Lexi Welanetz-Bursin conducts DUI evaluations at the Family Resource Counseling Center. In addition to providing to the courts information that humanizes those convicted of DUI, Dr. Welanetz-Bursin focuses on helping individuals gain insight into how they might manage their lives more effectively. This one-time evaluation typically lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. With the 13 years of experience preparing DUI evaluations, Dr. Welanetz-Bursin prepares a two to three page report summarizing the details of the interview and provides recommendations. The report will include a comprehensive history, focusing on who the person was before the incident, what led to the incident, as well as what they have been reflecting on and doing to ensure more responsible choices. Contact Lexi Welanetz-Bursin, Psy.D. at (888) 800-5761 or click here for more information on Dr. Lexi Welanetz-Bursin.

Bariatric Surgery Psychological Evaluation

Psychological evaluations are performed to assess the patient’s appropriateness and readiness for surgery. Bariatric surgery requires that intensive post-operative behavioral changes be adhered to for optimal weight loss and maintaining physical health; therefore, one’s mental state must be stable and prepared to adapt to a massive lifestyle transformation. While some patients may be hesitant about seeing a psychologist for an evaluation, many have noted the value in the experience of discussing their history, readiness for surgery, and post-operative lifestyle changes to come. The psychological evaluation is critical part of the process – one that increases a successful outcome to weight loss surgery. The psychological assessment takes two to three hours and involves a clinical interview and psychological testing. Within two weeks of your evaluation, your doctor will be provided with a comprehensive report and recommendations.