The main body of this book has explored how a psychodynamic counselling approach can offer individuals with learning disabilities an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their emotional difficulties and to develop emotional maturity. However, individual counselling for people with learning disabilities is a rare resource, not least in the current NHS climate where faceto-face contacts and short ‘episodes of care’ are highly valued and longer-term work is not seen as ‘best value’ (Department of Health, 2001).
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