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The following are recent research findings which show that counselling is now widely recognised in helping people recover from life-changing events, helps them to cope with current difficulties and provides strategies that allow them to understand and deal with future problems:
“Combining findings from a wide range of controlled trials, studies have shown that on average, counselling and psychotherapy has a large positive effect, greater, indeed, than the average surgical or medical procedure.” (www.therapytoday.net/article/show/212)
“The one constant that appears in all of the frenzy
of research deliberation is that almost all of the literature and research concludes that counselling and psychotherapy are effective.”(www.healthsurvey.com)
“For a wide range of types of psychological distress ... objective measurements indicate that counselling and psychotherapy are effective, both in the short term and over longer time periods.” (www.counsellingresource.com)
“For people with moderate or severe depression, a combination of antidepressant medication and high intensity psychological intervention such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Interpersonal Therapy is recommended.”(National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), clinical guideline 90)
“CBT or Interpersonal Therapy [counselling] are highly recommended for people with persistent depressive/ anxiety symptoms and for mild to moderate depression.” (NICE, clinical guideline 90).