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  Why does my doctor want me to get counseling?
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Psychotherapy (or talk therapy, or counseling) is one of the best-researched treatments known to medicine. In a scientific review of 457 studies on the success of psychotherapy, conducted in 1980 by Consumer Reports ™,

Smith et al reported that, “psychotherapy benefits people of all ages as reliably as schooling educates them, medicine cures them, or business turns a profit.” 

Of course, not everyone gets educated by going to school, and not all businesses make a profit. But counseling, even when it is very short, is good for your physical and mental health. Just as your physician might refer you to a surgeon or a dermatologist for specialty treatment, your physician would refer you for counseling because it’s good for what ails you. Counseling is a treatment that helps most people, most of the time, achieve their physical and mental goals, and your physician wants you to get those benefits.

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