1st Edition

Single-Session Therapy Distinctive Features

By Windy Dryden Copyright 2019
    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.



    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




    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.