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Counsellors are seeing people with previously unmet needs

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7066.1208a (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1208
  1. Gail Young
  1. General practitioner Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9BB

    EDITOR,—Simon Wessely expresses justifiable concern about the limitation of the psychiatrist's role by recent changes.1 There are, however, several points that I would challenge. He alleges that the retreat of psychiatry from the care of those with non-psychotic disorders has helped the growth in counselling services, but he does not cite evidence that counsellors are seeing patients who would otherwise have been seen by a member of a psychiatric team. There has long been a demand in primary care, which predates the …

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