`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

Doing Therapy Briefly in Primary Care: Applications

Doing Therapy Briefly in Primary Care: Applications

Doing therapy briefly in primary care: Applications

The previous chapter addressed the theoretical basis of a brief therapeutic approach. This basis has important implications for the practical application of counselling. Each moment and phase of brief counselling will be affected by this shift in focus. The emphasis and value placed on time and patient potential in brief therapy demands certain changes in the counsellor's approach from assessment to termination. New and revised techniques must be implemented to achieve effective counselling within this more limited time frame. These practical changes and techniques are the focus of this chapter.

Issues Prior to Assessment

As time is limited in brief therapy, it should be treated as a precious resource. This does not mean rushing ...

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