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`[An] excellent book... an important source of learning, bringing clarity and insight into often isolated areas' - Counselling in Medical Setting (CMS) Journal `Glyn Hudson-Allez' book is very well researched and clearly written... time-limited therapy is an effective and professional means of offering practical help and the book is highly recommended reading for all counsellors wishing to work in this way' - Family Practice As general practitioners are increasingly capping provision of counselling sessions, time-limited therapy skills are becoming ever-more important to counsellors working alongside GPs. Time-limited therapy provides a specific set of skills which enable counsel

Evaluation of the Service
Evaluation of the service

Evaluation of psychotherapeutic services is fraught with difficulties (Aebi, 1993; Martin and Mitchell, 1983; Trepka and Griffiths, 1987; Waydenfeld and Waydenfeld, 1980), but numerous clinically controlled trials now demonstrate the efficacy of counselling in primary care: see Balestrieri, Williams and Wilkinson, (1988), Karasu (1986) or Smith, Glass and Miller (1980) for meta-analyses of studies which suggest that people having some form of psychotherapy do better than 85 per cent of control participants (Holmes, 1994). There are many factors that confound any analysis of a counselling service, besides the obvious one of trying to make an objective study out of a subjective process. How do we know that people are ‘better? Who can decide that it has ‘worked? What ...

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