HOW EFFECTIVE IS COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY?

The effectiveness of psychotherapy has been documented by more than 500 scientific studies, putting it among the most tested and validated of health interventions.

A study of some 15,000 clients treated with a range of psychotherapy methods showed treatments to be highly effective in helping individuals, couples and families resolve their various difficulties and achieve their treatment goals.

Moreover, there is convincing evidence that effective therapy has a beneficial impact upon the immune system and even on the health of family members.

Clients undertaking regular therapy can expect to begin feeling better fairly rapidly and to gain substantial relief from their symptoms.

Fundamental change and lasting relief from longstanding emotional issues is achievable.

References:

Howard, K & O'Mahoney, M. How much outpatient psychology is enough? Behavioural Healthcare Tomorrow. 1996, June.

Lebow, J. New Science for Psychotherapy, Networker, 1997, March/April

Lipsey, M & Wilson, D. The efficacy of psychological, educational and behavioural treatment, American Psychologist. 1993, 48:1181-1209.

Associated Counsellors & Psychologists Sydney.

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