I have to re-assess my clients twice a year. At that time they are given the opportunity to assess themselves and their own progress. They are given a questionnaire which they can fill out by themselves, or work through with my help. Some questions beg more interesting answers than others. A couple of my recent favourites to this question:
Is culture (heritage) an important part of your life?
(speaking to me)
-“Damn right!” (rolls up sleeve to show me tattoo of the Scottish flag)
(written answer returned to me)
-“Not really. You could be from California and still be mental.”