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Time-Limited Therapy in a General Practice Setting

Time-Limited Therapy in a General Practice Setting
How to Help within Six Sessions

March 1998 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Time-limited therapy provides a specific set of skills that enable the counselor to cope successfully with the large number and wide range of referrals they can receive in primary care. This volume covers a range of difficulties commonly presented in primary careùsuch as anxiety, stress, bereavement, and depressionùand explains how problems not usually considered appropriate for working within a time-limited frameworkùsuch as eating disorders, medical complaints, and abuseùcan also be helped effectively. Integrating counseling skills with psychological knowledge, the author presents an outline of the psychological and physical aspects of each presentation followed by clear and concise guidelines about how time-limited therapy can be used efficiently and realistically in each case. Carefully chosen case studies illustrate the skills in action, while further chapters discuss the management and administration of a counseling service within primary care, as well as how a time-limited service can be evaluated. As general practitioners are increasingly capping the number of counseling sessions they can provide, time-limited therapy skills are becoming ever-more important to counselors working alongside GPs and with the clients they refer. This book will therefore be invaluable to all those who are working or who intend to work in a primary health care setting.

The Management of a Counselling Service in General Practice
Evaluation of the Service
Time-Limited Therapy
Counselling for Anxiety and Depression
Counselling People under Stress
Counselling People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Counselling for Bereavement, Loss and Death
Counselling Individuals or Couples with Relationship Difficulties
Counselling People with Eating Disorders
Counselling Adults Abused as Children
Counselling Individuals within Dysfunctional Families
Counselling People with Medical Conditions
Counselling People with Mental Health Difficulties

`[An] excellent book on counselling in primary care... an important source of learning, bringing clarity and insight into often isolated areas' - Counselling in Medical Setting (CMS) Journal

`The book is well researched... Hudson-Allez combines common sense with humour... and manages to convey her message clearly... [the book] demonstrates the empathy Hudson-Allez has with the client, whether writing about the young, elderly or terminally ill... medical terms and conditions are clearly explained, as is the link between the physiological, medical and psychological... I enjoyed reading this book - it was informative and held my attention. The author comes across as knowledgeable and communicative. A highly recommended read for all counsellors' - Counselling, The Journal of The British Association for Counselling

`Offers some sound basic advice on administrative aspects of counselling in GP settings... [and] the book would certainly help student counsellors appreciate the variety of psychosocial problems in primary care' - British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Review

`Glyn Hudson-Allez's 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

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