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

A primer on referring patients for psychotherapy.

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Section of General and Health Psychology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, OH 44195, USA.


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.

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