What measures I use in assessments
When I work with individuals I often use an existential framework when creating a formulation. Together with the client we explore their relationship with various existential givens over the course of their lifetime. With other clients I use the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) to create a formulation. In this process the client and I explore the stories they tell about their lives and the difficulties they have faced and often still face. These two approaches to assessment help both the client add me understand the client’s life circumstances on a deeper level and explore their narrative about their lives. This is a good starting point to therapeutic work.
When assessing couples I often use the Gottman Relationship Checkup questionnaire. It gives me information about the relationship’s strengths and challenges. The questionnaire is fully HIPAA compliant. It consists of over 300 questions about the couples friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust. It also covers questions on how the couple is managing e.g. parenting, housework, finances and individual concerns.
Completing the questionnaire is voluntary for couples but they often find it helpful as it gives them more clarity on their unique circumstances. The questionnaire accelerates my understanding of the relationship and allows me to work quicker and more efficiently.