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Despairing GP pioneers own cognitive clinics

Dr Steven Harris believes he is one of the first GPs in the country to set up a cognitive behaviour therapy clinic in his practice, after despairing at the lack of NHS provision for the treatment.

Dr Harris, who is studying for an MA in cognitive behaviour therapy, set up the clinic 18 months ago and now has a waiting list of 100 patients.

The clinic has been such a success with his patients in Crouch End, London, he has had to recruit therapist Jenny Spiliotopoulou to help him with demand. 'We equip people with coping tactics so they can get on with their lives,' said Dr Harris. 'In the NHS, there's such huge waiting lists that everyone ends up stuck on medication.'

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