Psychotherapy: Practical Issues and Problems in Nigeria — 12 Months Experience

  • O. A. Pela


In the treatment of mental illness especially psychoneuroses, pharmacotherapy is frequently combined with psychotherapy of various forms: individual, group, family or behaviour modification (Klerman, 1976). In Nigeria, psychotherapy of any form as a treatment modality either in out-patient or in-patient population has not been popular in orthodox hospital settings. However, the traditional African culture of the extended family system has always provided a psychotherapeutic milieu for dealing with personality difficulties. Thus, organized individual, group and family psychotherapy has always been practiced in one form or another by elder clansmen or traditional healers.


Traditional Healer Clinical Psychologist Psychotherapeutic Intervention Psychotherapy Session Psychiatric Social Worker 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. A. Pela
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  1. 1.Department of Mental HealthUniversity of BeninBenin CityNigeria

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