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Offline Phil1907

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Is counselling beneficial?
« on: 24/03/2009 22:36:55 »
From the British Medical Journal
Is the usual decision to wheel out counsellors shortly after a traumatic event upheld by the scientific literature? A systematic review identified 25 suitable studies. The researchers found no difference between any intervention and usual care for individuals exposed to trauma, irrespective of their symptoms. For people with symptoms of post-traumatic stress, trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy was more effective than a waiting list or supportive counselling (American Journal of Psychiatry 2009;166:293-301, doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.08040590).
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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #1 on: 25/03/2009 04:12:37 »
Dang it! All those sessions wasted!
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #2 on: 25/03/2009 06:45:32 »
 Ah.. I think they do help from experience!
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #3 on: 25/03/2009 11:19:29 »
Measuring the immeasurable again, thats the joy of psychology.

I wonder what they class as 'usual care'.... presumably medical care/services and support of relatives.

You get good and bad counselors in the same way you get good and bad Doctors, policemen, scientists etc.
Some people will find a good counsellor and have a positive helpful experience, others will have the opposite. It's rather stating the obvious i know, but its not feasible to class counsellors as a profession as useless.
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #4 on: 25/03/2009 22:11:33 »
What you need is a counsellor who can give trauma-focused CBT...
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #5 on: 26/03/2009 02:23:33 »
CBT???
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #6 on: 26/03/2009 02:24:15 »
I have a great Therapist right now.. she is wonderful!
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #7 on: 26/03/2009 05:17:51 »
I guess she means Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #8 on: 26/03/2009 05:58:03 »
I should have known that but me brain was totally stumped.. I definitely need some cognitive therapy eh? LOL
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #10 on: 26/03/2009 06:05:26 »



You don't know... for shame! LOL..
 

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Re: Is counselling beneficial?
« Reply #11 on: 26/03/2009 09:04:38 »
Some good - some bad?   Probably but from this report you'd have to conclude that most are pretty useless.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 26/03/2009 09:08:34 »
Some good - some bad?   Probably but from this report you'd have to conclude that most are pretty useless.

Not really. How can your measure how someone feels against how someone else feels??
 

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