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I'd like to congratulate Dr Steven Harris who has started cognitive behaviour therapy in his surgery (News, June 14), but I hate to disagree that he is the first to do this. We started this type of therapy in our practice way back in 1986, 18 years ago.

We started in groups and one to one depending on the needs of the patient. We are a training practice and also involved in undergraduate teaching. Weekly group sessions were held by a trained counsellor. My wife Dr Madhu Pathak was actively involved with this. She has psychoanalyst training on the lines of Balint's.

I also took an interest in psychotherapy having attended Balint seminars for more than a decade (I retired from general practice three years ago). We have also used the services of qualified people who give 'art therapy' and music therapy. I could go on and on about this therapy and achievements – strangely we did not have any waiting list!

Dr SK Pathak

Romford

Essex

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