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Research

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing

Socrates

Psychotherapy Research:


Understanding and accessing research is an essential part of being a therapist and therefore an integral part of continuous professional development. As with all research, what I find useful in my practice is biased by my interests and what clients bring to therapy. I am in particular curious about the overlap of effectiveness in gestalt therapy, contemporary trauma practice and diversity.

Within these three areas I believe we have a theory gap. I am actively collaborating with other practitioners in the field to understand this gap better and co-create theoretical thinking. One of the initiatives that emerged from these discussions in the therapy community is this project: An Anthology of Writings on Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity in Gestalt Psychotherapy.


Psychometric Instruments:

Psychometric instruments are often used in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in research to assess therapeutic effectiveness. Clients are usually filling in these forms in regular intervals to see if therapy is helping. Some of these instruments have values, which indicate the severity of depression, anxiety or stress.

Depression, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress

The most common and widely used in the NHS instruments are the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7). These instruments help practitioners to assess the severity of depression and anxiety. The Clinical Outcome in Routine Evaluation (CORE-OM) instrument assesses general wellbeing, problems/symptoms, functioning and risks. The Impact of Event Scale – Revised (IES-R) assess the presence of post traumatic stress.

Personality Inventory and Anger Management

The Personality Inventory for DSM-V (PID-5) is an exhaustive instrument with 220 items and 25 sub-scales assessing “emerging measures” for further research and clinical evaluation (American Psychological Association, 2013). The Anger Management Scale (AMS) assesses escalating strategies, negative attribution, self awareness and calming strategies which are contributing factors to anger management.


 

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