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It is a rare internist or family practitioner with the inclination, time, training, and skill to conduct marital therapy. More frequently these practitioners carry out a diluted or superficial form of therapy, usually called marriage counseling. Clinicians see couples together, inquire about their problems, attempt to label and perhaps reformulate these problems, and offer educational assistance and practical advice. On occasion, as in behavioral sex therapy, the physician goes beyond this to offer specific suggestions. In general, interventions are usually fairly simple, often related to the practitioner's own life experiences, and not focused on a particular theoretical approach.
Marital Therapy: A Combined Psychodynamic-Behavorial Approach.. Ann Intern Med. ;99:742–743. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-742_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):742-743.
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