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Single-Session Integrated CBT (SSI-CBT)

Distinctive features, 1st Edition

By Windy Dryden


236 pages

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Until quite recently, therapist training was predicated on the notion that therapy is an ongoing process. Single-Session Integrated CBT (SSI-CBT) questions this. In this book, Windy Dryden takes long standing research on SSI therapy and transfers it to the field of CBT in a timely and conceptual application. Based on his extensive work demonstrating the benefits of single-session CBT to public and professional audiences, Dryden has developed a single-session approach for work in the therapy and coaching fields.

Comprising 30 key points, and divided into two parts - Theory and Practice - this concise book covers the key features of SSI-CBT. It will offer essential guidance for students and practitioners experienced in CBT, as well as practitioners from other theoretical orientations who require an accessible guide to the distinctive theoretical and practical features of this exciting new approach.


"Drawing from the work of Albert Ellis and others, this is the definitive guide to one-session work with clients using an active-directive, problem-focused integrated CBT approach. It also contains lots of ideas and practical tips that should be of interest for therapists of other theoretical persuasions wanting to help clients rapidly. Well done!" - Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D., co-originator of the Single Session Therapy approach; author of Brief Psychotherapies and Some Stories Are Better than Others; coeditor of Capturing the Moment: Single Session Therapy and Walk-In Services and One at a Time: Single Session Therapy by Walk-In or Appointment.

"One of a kind book! Windy Dryden provide us with a detailed and rich guidelines to be used with a wide variety of human problems, which often can be greatly helped by utilizing his integrative CBT approach in a single session consultation." - Dr. Moshe Talmon, author of Single Session therapy: Maximizing the effect of the first (and often only) Therapeutic encounter and Single session Solutions: A guide to practical, effective and affordable therapy, co-editor of Capturing the moment: Single-session therapy and walk-in services

"(SSI-CBT): Distinctive Features by prolific author, Windy Dryden, is a true gem for therapists in the real world of clinical practice where a single session is what you will need to work with. This master clinician provides the therapist with details about every aspect of having a therapeutic effect in a short period of time. Concise but right on target and informative, this book will prove invaluable to therapists at all levels of experience. Highly recommended." - Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

Table of Contents

1. Single Session Integrated CBT (SSI-CBT): What it is and some basic assumptions 2. Working alliance theory: A generic framework for SSI-CBT 3. People largely create and maintain their problems by a range of cognitive-behavioural factors 4. As far as possible clients should be helped to deal healthily with the adversity involved in their problem, whether real or inferred 5. Human beings have the capability to help themselves quickly under specific circumstances 6. It is important to privilege clients’ viewpoints in SSI-CBT 7. Who can benefit from SSI-CBT? 8. Contraindications for SSI-CBT 9. A focus on problems and goals is both important in SSI-CBT 10. Carry out a full assessment and do as much case formulation as you can in the time available 11. In SSI-CBT it is possible to help clients identify and deal with a central mechanism responsible for the existence of their problems 12. The person’s subsequent responses to their first response are often more important than the first response itself 13. It is important to draw upon a range of client variables in SSI-CBT 14. Helpful client characteristics for SSI-CBT 15. Helpful therapist characteristics for SSI-CBT 16. Good Practice in SSI-CBT 17. An Overview of the SSI-CBT Process 18. The first contact 19. The pre-session phone-call 20. The face-to-face session. 1: Beginning 21. The face-to-face session. 2: Creating a focus 22. The face-to-face session. 3: Understanding the target problem 23. The face-to-face session. 4: Setting a goal 24. The face-to-face session. 5: Identifying problematic cognitions 25. The face-to-face session. 6: Dealing with problematic cognitions 26. The face-to-face session. 7: Making an impact 27. The face-to-face session. 8: Encouraging the client to apply learning inside and outside the session 28. The face-to-face session. 9: Summarising, tidying up loose ends and the client’s commitment to the future 29. After the face-to-face session: Reflection, the recording and the transcript 30. The follow-up session and evaluation References Appendix 1

About the Author

Windy Dryden is in full-time clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in psychotherapy for more than 40 years and is the author of over 200 books.

About the Series

CBT Distinctive Features

This exciting new series asks leading practitioners and theorists of the main CBT therapies to write simply and briefly on what constitutes the main features of their particular approach.

Each Distinctive Features book will highlight the thirty main features – practical and theoretical – of its respective approach. The series as a whole will be essential reading for psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical and counselling psychologists of all orientations who wish to learn more about the range of new and developing cognitive-behavioural approaches.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Depression