What did Jeremy Laurance expect to be the outcome of the research? That counsellors were more effective than GPs? The fact that they are at least as effective may well disturb GPs, considering the length and expense of their training. Certainly many of them welcome a counsellor as a colleague to assist in bearing the burden of the emotionally disturbed patient.
Counsellors and psychotherapists are not unaware of the need to "sharpen up" their professional skills and are collaborating in research. Perhaps the best evidence to date is the huge demand for counselling and patients' preference for the "talking cure" rather than drugs.
Vice-Chair, Counselling in Medical Settings Division, British Association for Counselling
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