As with any form of treatment, bibliotherapy is effective only if it actively engages the client's desire for and belief in recovery. For many people, additional information or workbooks that can be used in private reinforce their commitment to getting better. People who lack the time or finances to attend regular psychotherapy sessions at a practitioner's office often find that bibliotherapy can bridge the gap between infrequent appointments. Likewise, the nature of the disorder itself may preclude in-office treatment for some people, such as persons suffering from agoraphobia. Current research indicates that a bibliotherapeutic approach can be highly effective in helping agoraphobics better understand and cope with their symptoms.
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