The biopsychosocial intake, an assessment is generally 60-90 minutes and conducted at the beginning of therapy, assesses for biological, psychological and social factors that can be contributing to a problem or problems occurring for a client. The assessment takes into account the biological, social, and psychological aspects of someone’s life when determining what is negatively affecting their overall all daily functioning. The approach emphasizes the importance of a holistic view of the individual and an integration of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors on human development and functioning. It's considered a holistic assessment, looking at a client on all different levels. The biopsychosocial interview is utilized because problems usually don't exist in a vacuum--they all influence each other in different ways. It's not enough just to look at a person; you have to look at his or her environment as well.