`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

Doctors, Counsellors and Their Patients: Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Issues

Doctors, Counsellors and Their Patients: Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Issues

Doctors, counsellors and their patients: Intrapsychic and interpersonal issues

Counselling is essentially a relational activity. In the primary care setting counsellors are involved in a complex network of relationships, involving members of the primary health care team, and often a variety of outside agencies. Because the doctor has clinical responsibility for the health care provision for the patient, and is the most usual referrer, it is especially important that efforts are made by both doctors and counsellors to develop a collaborative relationship in order to ensure the most effective patient care. There is a growing literature, of which this book is part, which attempts to form guidelines for the negotiation of these relationships, and evidence-based criteria for ...

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