A primer on referring patients for psychotherapy

Cleve Clin J Med. 2002 Feb;69(2):113-4, 117-8, 120-2, 125-7. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.69.2.113.

Abstract

Forty percent of the mental health care in this country is provided by primary care practitioners alone, and another 20% is provided by primary care practitioners working with mental health professionals. Primary care physicians can serve a valuable role by educating their patients about various forms of psychotherapy. Finding a good "fit" between patient and therapist is crucial to a good outcome. We discuss which psychotherapeutic techniques are appropriate for various emotional problems and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods
  • Depression / therapy
  • Divorce / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / psychology
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ohio
  • Panic Disorder / complications
  • Panic Disorder / therapy
  • Person-Centered Psychotherapy / methods
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Psychotherapy, Brief / methods
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods
  • Referral and Consultation*