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SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos; CARDOSO, Érika Arantes de Oliveira  and  MELO-SILVA, Lucy Leal. Vocational Guidance as an entrance door to psychotherapy: a retrospective study. PsicoUSF [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.2, pp. 143-156. ISSN 1413-8271.

The objective of this study was to characterize the social demographic, educational and clinical profile of client's from a Vocational Guidance Service, that had been refereed to a Psychotherapy Service in a psychology school. It is a retrospective study. A survey was carried out from an archive of clients attended from 2003 to 2006. The results showed that 24 clients were refereed, 20 were woman (83,3%), aged between 15 an 54, 15 (62,5%) had finished high school. The complaints that indicated psychotherapy were difficulties with professional, family and emotional relationships. Nine (37,5%) did not attend the assessment interview and 13 (54,2%) started psychotherapy. Ten clients completed one year of treatment contracted and showed partial improvement of symptoms. The conclusion is that the psychotherapy has showed as an efficacious resource in attending vocational guidance demands, thus constituting a complementary alternative for the cases that need to get into emotional matters.

Keywords : Vocational guidance; Psychotherapy; Interviews; Psychotherapeutic counseling.

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