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YOU WILL KNOW IF YOU ARE GETTING RESULTS TOO.  Most therapists rely on their own intuition and personal observations about whether your life is improving as a result of the therapy.  Though this helpful, it does not give the full picture.

It's not a guessing game with me and I don't want to be for you either.  I do three key things that help us now where you are starting from and how much progress you are making along the way:

1) I do a full baseline diagnostic interview, get baseline measures, and get an objective personality evaluation and other background information.  It is like getting a full physical at the beginning of therapy to determine your starting point.  I share all of my impressions with you and use this information to help us determine the treatment plan.

2) I measure progress over time.  I use a 23-item DASS (Depression-Anxiety-Stress Survey) to track individual clients and a 7-item Relationship Survey to track the progress of Relationship and Couple Clients. These brief questionnaire's take 2-3 minutes to fill out and give us progress data that I share with you to help us know if our work is on the right track.  

3) I evaluate our relationship both through a brief measure and informally by talking about it.  That way if there are any issues that are getting in the way of our therapy, we can deal with them as soon as possible so that we can effectively continue our work.

I can't promise you'll get better, but I can promise you will know if you are and be able to change course more quickly if you aren't.  Basically, I want you to get results too.

If you want to know why this approach is so important, check out the following article: http://www.psychotherapy.net/article/successful-psychotherapists

Last updated on April 11, 2012 by Gregory L. Cason, Ph.D.