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Psychologist - measuring outcomes in counselling

Measuring Psychological Outcomes

Your feedback is critical to the success of the therapy. People engaged in counselling with me may expect to be regularly asked with about the impact of interventions, sessions, the therapeutic relationship, and progress in general. I also use the following structured feedback tools:


Outcome Questionnaire (OQ 45.2) 

Developers: OQ Measures, LLC with Dr Michael Lambert and Dr Gary Burlingame


Each person that comes to my practice completes a questionnaire on their first session and at each review session. The Outcome Questionnaire (OQ 45.2) has been specifically designed to measure progress in psychological counselling. The Questionaries looks at 3 areas – symptom distress, interpersonal functioning and social role functioning.


Higher scores reflect higher levels of distress and greater disruption to interpersonal and social role functioning. The developers of the test have identified cut-off scores above which people may have a clinical level of distress and disruption to functioning. Finally, researchers have also identified what level of reduction can be reliably held to reflect a positive change, as opposed to day-to-day fluctuations. 


Outcome & Session Rating Scales (ORS & SRS)

Developers: Scott Miller and Barry Duncan


These outcome and session rating scales are designed to be used at the beginning and end of each session, particularly in the early stages of counselling. They are designed to assess areas of life functioning known to change as a result of therapeutic intervention, and to assess key aspects of effective therapeutic relationships.



At review sessions, clients may be asked to complete a self-assessment form. The information provided will be used to guide the psychological work, and to provide feedback to your referring doctor (where necessary).

Self-Assessment Form


Psychological tests

Where formal diagnosis is required, psychological testing may be used.