Doctors must understand terminology used to describe psychological therapies

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7151.148a (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:148
  1. Judy Young, Chair, National Association of Cancer Counsellors
  1. Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2RN

    EDITOR—The increasing provision of counselling after traumatic events has attracted unhealthy cynicism from the public about the calibre of those providing the service and the apparent lack of coping ability of those perceived as needing support. This is compounded by misunderstanding of the counselling profession and its many subspecialties.

    The paper by Moynihan et al on the the evaluation of adjuvant psychological therapy in patients with testicular cancer adds to this confusion. It uses the terms “psychotherapy,” “counselling,” and “adjuvant psychological …

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