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Reader’s Comment: Psychotherapy works best behind closed doors


In response to Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack: A shrink’s couch causes more problems than it solves, David Keighley wrote:

The psychotherapist’s role as a caring, confidential erstwhile partner can be invaluable. Research shows that the modality is less important than the relationship, which is the core of mental change.

The problems in the equation come primarily from a) some wings of psychiatry, which have a vested interest (to prescribe drugs) in creating and diagnosing an ever-escalating number of mental disorders and b) the media-promoted idea that mass emoting will magically promote ‘healing’.

Psychotherapy, when it works, and it often does, does so because it is a private, unseen co-operative process.

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