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1st Edition

Single-Session Therapy
Distinctive Features

ISBN 9780367110116
Published February 19, 2019 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

Single-Session Therapy: Distinctive Features provides a general introduction to the field of Single-Session Therapy (SST). Written by eminent clinician and author Windy Dryden, this book challenges mainstream therapeutic assumptions, predicated on the certainty that clients will have more than one therapy session. This book follows the popular Distinctive Features format and is divided into two sections, describing 15 theoretical features and 15 practical techniques of SST.

Single-Session Therapy will be of interest to those across the psychotherapy and counselling professions and will provide extensive guidance for students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Theory

  1. What’s in a name
  2. Misconceptions about SST
  3. People have the capacity to help themselves quickly
  4. SST is based on providing help at the point of need rather than help at the point of availability
  5. The SST mindset
  6. The importance of expectations in SST
  7. SST is a fusion between what the client brings to the process and what the therapist brings to the process
  8. SST challenges therapists’ cherished beliefs about therapy and change
  9. What can be achieved from SST
  10. The ‘client criteria’ question
  11. What makes good SST therapists
  12. For better or for worse: Context matters
  13. The importance of the working alliance
  14. From theory to practice I: Guidelines for good practice
  15. From theory to practice II: What to avoid
  16. Part 2: Practice

  17. Overview: The process of SST
  18. Making a decision about SST
  19. Preparing for the session
  20. Contracting
  21. Getting started
  22. Working with problems and goals
  23. Creating and maintaining a session focus
  24. Doing the work
  25. Utilising client variables
  26. Making an impact
  27. Negotiating the solution
  28. Practising the solution in the session
  29. Bringing the session to a suitable end
  30. Encouraging client reflection, digestion, action and decision
  31. Following-through and following-up



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Windy Dryden is in 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 225 books.