A research study in Sheffield has found ‘no overall evidence’ to back up claims that therapies such as counselling can be harmful to patients.
Academics from Sheffield University analysed the effects of several ‘talking therapies’, inspired by cases where patients say they have deteriorated because of treatment.
Prof Glenys Parry, chief investigator, said the issue was linked to factors such as the competence of psychologists.
“Although some do have a bad experience, there was no overall evidence that therapy was causing harm,” she said.
A website has been set up called Supporting Safe Therapy, intended to prevent people from having a bad experience.
n Visit www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/hsr/mh/mhresearch/adeptproject for details.