`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

Counselling and the Use of Psychotropic Medication

Counselling and the use of psychotropic medication

Counsellors employed in primary health care settings by definition work in a medical environment. They will usually be working alongside medical health practitioners familiar with both pharmaceutical methods of treatment as well as psychotherapeutic models of intervention. It is conceivable that a patient may have concerns regarding the form of treatment offered to him and these may influence his response to a referral for counselling. Patients who have been given psychotropic medication and who are also referred for counselling may decide to talk to the counsellor regarding issues such as side effects and addiction to their drug. Although it is not the counsellor's responsibility directly to advise the patient about medication she ...

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