Service user views of long‐term individual psychodynamic psychotherapy

Charlotte Merriman (The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
Nigel Beail (Barnsley Learning Disability Service, University of Sheffield)

Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

ISSN: 1753-0180

Publication date: 16 July 2009


Long‐term psychodynamic psychotherapy is a costly service to provide, but many clinicians believe it is of benefit for people who have learning disabilities and psychological problems. There is also now some evidence for its effectiveness. However, the views of recipients is unknown. In this study, recipients of more than two years of psychodynamic psychotherapy were interviewed about their experiences and views. Themes emerged about the referral process, the experience and the outcome. Areas of strength were identified, as well as areas for improvement. The findings concur with previous findings on group therapy and help inform current and future provision of long‐term psychodynamic psychotherapy.



Merriman, C. and Beail, N. (2009), "Service user views of long‐term individual psychodynamic psychotherapy", Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 42-47.

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