Evaluation and assessment can take as little as one visit, but more often takes several visits. As a nurse practitioner, I take a holistic approach. Understanding each individual's strengths, challenges, goals, life circumstances and life journey all play into my assessment. While a diagnosis can be empowering for some, I also recognize that it can feel limiting to others. I feel very strongly that labels are sometimes a useful tool, but in no way represent the human in front of me.