Insight into your complaint
In practice, a psycho-dynamic test examination will be in order to gain clearer insight into the nature of the complaints and problems mentioned and the underlying personality traits. Such an examination research implies that you typically fill out several questionnaires at home.
Together with the letter of affirmation for the first intake interview, each client is sent a Young Schema Questionnaire (YSQ). This questionnaire was designed to make the intake interview more effective. If problems are more complicated or when the intake interview provides no sufficient clarity, you will be asked to fill out the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2). The MMPI-2 is a broad spectrum evidence-based psychodiagnostic test for personality problems, problems that are experienced consciously and those arising from one’s unconscious perception. The MMPI-2 measures slight mental health problems to severe psychiatric problems*. For more intense examination of personality traits, the SCID-5-PD can additionally be taken. We also have the facilities to carry out neuropsychological tests if neuropsychological problems are suspected. Neuropsychological testing can be done. An intelligence, autism and AD(H)D-examination can also be done.
The completed questionnaires must be returned to the secretariat. After the completed YSQ and MMPI-2 questionnaire have been received by us, one of our psychologists will analyze the answers. The test scores will be discussed with you in an individual (test) interview.
*Repeated YSQ (or Personality Traits Checklist, PTC) and MMPI-2 tests will help us determine exactly what progress has been made and what progress still needs to be made.
Based on the intake interviews, test scores and the test interview, a report will be drawn up. You can then discuss your test report with a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist. The test report can provide clarity on what kind of therapy will be best for you or on what objective should be pursued in therapy.
Anyhow, a report about your personality can be very enlightening; you get more insight into your personality and into how it relates to your complaints.
Within the specialist mental health services, it is essential to regularly measure the progress in therapy. It is essential to be able to establish from time to time the extent of your progress. This is done by Routine Outcome Monitoring (ROM), which measure the effect of your therapy before, during and after treatment. This is also a requirement of the insurance companies and the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment.