`Useful for the insights about introducing a new service into the general practice environment' - Family Practice Counselling practitioners in primary care settings have unique circumstances to contend with. This book offers practical guidance for managing the issues these counsellors face, exploring the complex dynamics of health care teams and providing a guide to the safe and effective practice of counselling in primary health care contexts. The book highlights potential sources of difficulty for this group, from needing to maximize therapeutic contact while using time-limited techniques, to working with a wide range of patients and problems and relying increasingly on evidence-based practi




Over the past decade there has been enormous growth in professional counselling services, and in particular in primary health care settings. This is partly because of a renewed emphasis on the provision of health care outside of hospital settings, as well as a general increase in demand for counselling services. The growth of a primary care counselling specialty, however, has been met with mixed enthusiasm. Some have welcomed the addition of a counsellor to their team and patients in many settings have responded positively to both the service and to the therapy provided. On the other hand, there have been complaints about the lack of training of some primary care counsellors while others have compared the efficacy of counselling with prescriptions for psychoactive medication ...

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