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June 7, 1976

Group Therapy

Author Affiliations

International Analysis Association, Inc San Francisco

JAMA. 1976;235(23):2476. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260490012006

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To the Editor.—  I was glad to see Dr Myron F. Weiner's article (234:1181, 1975) on group therapy in "When friends or patients ask about...." Patients do wonder about group therapy, marathons, psychoanalysis, individual psychotherapy, growth groups, etc. There is a plethora of modalities offered, and many people rightly turn to their physician for guidance.Dr Weiner correctly pointed out that the group leader is the most important consideration in making a referral. He then goes on to stateThe referring physician should seek a sober, thoughtful practitioner rather than a faddish one who has found "Truth" in his method and does not recognize its limitations. Two examples of this kind of naive faddism are Transactional Analysis [TA] and Gestalt Therapy. Unfortunately, Dr Weiner thereby makes the implication that responsible, thoughtful physician-therapists do not practice TA or gestalt therapies. This implication is not true.Qualified transactional analysts (called clinical members)