“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing“
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.
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.