In 1944 Michael Balint joined the Tavistock Clinic.

Balint was a Hungarian refugee who had fled the Nazis in 1935, moving to Manchester, where he was director of the Child Guidance Clinic.

He was a key figure in setting up the Family Discussion Bureau (now Tavistock Relationships). He developed ‘focal therapy’ – a fore-runner of brief therapies.

But he is best known for his work with GPs which led to the creation of Balint Groups.

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