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Guidance for Psychological Therapists
Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs

This guidance aims to empower and support conversations often already taking place between therapists and their clients. Therapists will need to decide for themselves whether, and to what extent, they wish to use this guidance in the context of their therapeutic work. These decisions will depend on their theoretical modality, practice setting and the individual needs of the client. The client’s agency, as always, should be supported and respected at all times. Clients should be encouraged to discuss withdrawal from prescribed psychiatric drugs with a knowledgeable prescriber who can give medical advice, oversee and manage any withdrawal process appropriately. While this guidance advocates the importance of informed client choice based on full information about potential benefits and risks, it does not advocate therapists telling their clients to take, not take, stay on or withdraw from psychiatric drugs. These matters should be left to the prescriber and client to decide.

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Citation of Document

Guy, A., Davies J., Rizq, R. (Eds.) (2019). Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.

Section citations: If you are quoting from individual sections please use the following citations:

  1. Davies, J., Rizq., R & Guy, A. (2019). Introduction. In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
  2. Moncrieff, J., & Stockmann, T. (2019). Introduction for therapists on how psychiatric drugs work. In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
  3. Rizq, R., with Bond, T., Guy, A., Murphy, D., Sams, P., Spada, M. M, & Whitney, G, (2019). Implications for therapeutic practice. In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
  4. Moncrieff, J., & Stockmann, T. (2019). What psychiatric drugs do by class. In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
  5. Read, J. & Davies, J., with Montagu, L., Spada, M. M. (2019). What do we know about withdrawal? In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
  6. Guy, A. with Davies, J., Kolubinski, D., Montagu, L. (2019). The role of the therapist in assisting withdrawal from psychiatric drugs – what do we know about what is helpful? In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.
  7. Guy, A. with anonymous experts by experience (2019). Patient Voices – examples from real life. In: A. Guy, J. Davies, R. Rizq (Eds.) Guidance for Psychological Therapists: Enabling conversations with clients taking or withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs. London: APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence.

Contents

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Acknowledgements

Section 2. Introduction for therapists on how psychiatric drugs work: Moncrieff, J. & Stockmann, T.

2.1 The place of prescribed drugs in Mental Health Services
2.2 How do psychiatric drugs work?

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