Primary care and psychotherapy are in some ways worlds apart. Yet both deal with the same human fundamentals: birth, death, hope and disappointment, identity, and uncertainty. This innovative book looks at how psychotherapists can make use of their skills in primary care. It examines how therapists, family physicians, and other primary care professionals can all learn from each other through clinical collaboration. Each chapter describes a different practical approach to joint working in a range of primary care settings, across the life cycle. Specific topics include services for children and adolescents, working with immigrants, and live supervision. All the authors are connected with the prestigious Tavistock Clinic, and are psychotherapists or family physicians. The book challenges psychotherapists and those who work in primary care to develop closer working relationships, so that they can deliver more effective and more equitable services. --- from the publisher
The Contributors: Jenny Altschuler, Sara Barratt, Sue Blake, Dilys Daws, Nasima Hussain, John Launer, Robert Mayer, Jo O’Reilly, Rob Senior, Ann Simpson, Patrick Tiernan, Beverley Tydeman, and Cathy Urwin
About the Editors:
John Launer is a GP and family therapist. He is Senior Clinical Lecturer in General Practice and Primary Care at the Tavistock Clinic, and Associate Director of Post-Graduate GP Education at the London GP Deanery. He is the author of Narrative Based Primary Care: A Practical Guide (2002, Radcliffe Medical Press) and co-editor with Jonathan Burton of Supervision and Support in Primary Care (2003, Radcliffe Medical Press)
Sue Blake is a GP Principal, Trainer and Appraiser; she is also Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care in the Adult Department at the Tavistock Clinic, having completed training in both Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Her previous research interest was in psychological responses to a diagnosis of breast cancer and she has published several papers on this topic.
Dilys Daws is an Honorary Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and Visiting Consultant to the Baby Clinic of the James Wigg Practice, Kentish Town Health Centre. She is an Advisor to the Association for Infant Mental Health. Her publications include Through the Night: Helping Parents and Sleepless Children (1993).