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Counselling and psychotherapy for children 

Counselling and psychotherapy for children
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Counselling and psychotherapy for children
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John B. Pearce

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10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0232
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date: 21 September 2019

There is a remarkable lack of high quality research to support an evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy for children. And the words ‘psychotherapy’ and ‘counselling’ are so non-specific that they should always be clarified in more detail. Nevertheless, these approaches are used frequently in child mental health. While most psychotherapeutic approaches are based on work with adults it is important to note that there are marked differences between children and adults. In spite of these obvious differences, psychotherapy for children is usually based on techniques used for adults. However, psychotherapy that may work perfectly well for adults has to be modified to accord with the developmental level of each child.

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