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How Moodscope Improves Your Results with Counseling as a Client and a Practitioner. Wednesday August 28, 2013

As a Skype based Depression and Productivity Counselor, I am keenly interested in my clients getting good results. When I was the client rather than the professional, I used to get very frustrated with not knowing if the therapy, coaching, or counseling - whatever it was that I was trying at the time - was really making my life better.

Since working with my own clients, I realize that this is a common problem - it's often very hard to tell if you are actually getting good results or not.

Most people go through a period of doubt and I wondered if having all my clients use Moodscope on a regular basis might be a way to address this concern. Much to my relief, when put to the test, I found it worked fabulously!

I have had several clients who were obviously getting better, who acclimated to their new state and forgot how bad things were before and were questioning if the counseling was helping. When this happened I asked them to look at their Moodscope graphs to recall what it was like before to compare, and this helped them quickly realize the progress they had made. After recalling how their lives had indeed improved, these clients proceeded to move forward with more enthusiasm, getting even better results. Reassured clients are happier and more successful clients, and make for a happy and successful counselor.

If you don't already, try using Moodscope regularly and share your results your counselor or therapist and if you're a counselor or therapist, give it a go with your clients, I can thoroughly recommend it.

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Anonymous Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 9:04am

I stopped using moodscope when very depressed as I felt it was making me feel worse. If I got a low score I'd tell myself (unconsciously)thats how I had to be all day! However in recovery I find it very useful as I monitor my moods and take action - in my case exercise, nature, talking to friends - to help myself.

secretschizoidspeaks Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 10:15am

Gosh - me too. I've just stopped, for exactly the same reason. Getting low scores every day just underlined that I felt bad - which I don't, all the time - and tattooed a 'Depressed' label on the inside of my eyelids.
But I know lots of people who really like Moodscope, and I can imagine that once on a definite way up it will be a great way to chart my improvement. Hope to start again soon...

Shannon Friedman Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 11:51am

Finding a way to randomize when you take the test, or to have a consistent bias in when you take the test, can help with this. Ie: People often feel most motivated to take mood tests when they are feeling most moody, so if you find a way to control for that bias, you'll get more accurate results.

As an example, when I first started experimenting with mood testing, I tried setting an alarm to go off once/hour. That way I knew I wasn't being biased by being in a particular mood for when I tested.

What I do with clients to help improve accuracy of evaluation is to have them take their moodscope scores right before their sessions with me. That way, even though its a bias that they know the session will be coming up, at least its a consistent bias, so that bias shouldn't be having as much impact on score over time as if they're only taking the test when they're feeling especially emotional.

Shannon Friedman Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 12:04pm

To clarify: when I say it will help, what I mean is that it will help you know if that's how you were actually feeling all day - when I did my randomization technique, it was during a period where I identified as depressed, and I was actually surprised to get feedback that I wasn't depressed all day and to see how much my mood varied.

Christine (also known as Rowan) Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 12:53pm

I find using Moodscope helps me enormously. It allows me to chart my real, inner feelings, even though on the surface I may present as balanced and socially in control; inside, I am a wreck.

I have been using the graph since June this year and I am most interested in the results.

I was seeing a counsellor; she had referred me to a couple of other sites, both were ultra simple and treated me as though I knew nothing and could learn nothing - simplified and "bite sized" do you know what I mean? I felt patronised and indulged by both sites - and, if truth be told, by the counsellor, too.

I have found the Moodscope blogs arriving daily into my Inbox, and the comments on them to be much more helpful than I had anything else.

My counsellor decided after 4 of 6 meetings, that I was "better" and she told me she no longer needed to see me.

I was not sorry to end the situation; I feel more supported by Moodscope than I ever felt with her.

Moodscope helps me. If it didn't, I would not be using it.

Thank you for putting git out there; it is a most useful tool.

Ruben Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 2:22pm

What keeps me from using Moodscope is... the user interface. It just drives me crazy. It fills me with anger. Something that should be easy and immediate requires lots of attention and many many unnecessary clicks. I can't just type "4", I have to look at the card, see what number it says, click on it once, see where it ended, click on it again, see where it ended, etc. Even now that my mood is ok this is just destabilising! Is there any alternative UX that can be used?

Caroline Ashcroft Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 2:54pm

Hi Ruben, I'm sorry you don't like using the card interface.

When we first built the Moodscope site we originally gave people a rapid way to complete the test every day, but found out that this wasn't good from a psychological point of view. When people
basically 'filled in a form' their minds went into a kind of auto-pilot mode. They didn't properly focus on how they felt, but clicked on buttons quickly to get the test over and done with.

We discovered that part of Moodscope's therapeutic value is that it forces people to properly stop and focus on their state of mind for a couple of minutes each day.

I hope this goes some way to explaining why we use the card interface.

Anonymous Wed, Aug 28th 2013 @ 10:18pm

I've only commented a couple of times and then I never see it--I guess my ineptitude with the computer may have something to do with it--if at first you don't succeed....

I am a retired social worker/mental health therapist. I only discovered Moodscope after I retired and got depressed. I'm so sorry I didn't find it sooner as it would have been first intervention with all my mood disordered clients! It has been very helpful to me--tracking my mood and figuring out what makes it so....thank miss Jon and hope his life is going well.

SANDRO RICARDO DA CUNHA MORAES Thu, Aug 29th 2013 @ 5:31am

Aconselhar sempre é bom para abrir as mentes fechadas

Shannon Friedman Tue, Sep 10th 2013 @ 1:58pm

My clients and I love the Moodscope interface as well. Occasionally I get some who wish it tracked different metrics or have complaints, but on net, the responses to this site are far better than I've seen to any other mood tracking site that I've witnessed.

The card aspect is just very fun and makes taking the quiz more interesting for people. Additionally, I like the focus on different aspects of mood, and not just lots of questions about depression or anxiety. Eventually I'd love to upgrade my account and my clients and study correlations regarding the individual aspects mentioned - I bet I would learn interesting things.

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