The Bedside Therapist


An alternative to primary care psychotherapist

The article is divided in three different parts. The first one presents the idea that the psychopathological conception of each historical period is not independent from its historical and cultural context. The second one presents, using several case studies, different problems that we frequently find in Mental Health Primary Care services for children and youth. The final part includes a proposal of changing the general conception of the Mental Health Primary Care professional similar to the functions of the general practitioner and pediatrician in physical health. This figure is referred to in the article as a «bedside therapist», differentiating its functions from those corresponding to what we understand as a psychotherapist.

historical context, complexity, primary care, psychotherapy, psychotherapist, therapist practitioner, family, patient

Joan Romeu Leder
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