2nd Edition

Single-Session Therapy Distinctive Features

By Windy Dryden Copyright 2024
    192 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The new edition of Single-Session Therapy: Distinctive Features provides an up-to-date 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. Following the popular Distinctive Features format, the book is divided into two sections, with 15 chapters describing theoretical features and 15 offering practical techniques of SST. Updates to the revised edition include new chapters on the importance of the working alliance in SST, on different types of help that clients seek from SST and on common errors in SST and how to avoid them.

    Single-Session Therapy will be of interest to those across the psychotherapy and counselling professions and will provide extensive guidance for students, trainees 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 and Cannot 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

    Part 2 PRACTICE                                                             

    16.  Overview: The Process of SST

    17.  Making a Decision about SST

    18.  Contracting

    19.  Preparing for the Session                                         

    20.  Getting Started

    21.  Discovering What Help to Give                                  

    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 a Solution                                             

    28.  Practising the Solution in the Session and Action Planning                                                                 

    29.  Bringing the Session to a Suitable End                    

    30.  Following-Through and Following-Up                    


    Appendix 1: 30 Ideas That Inform My Practice of Single-Session Therapy

    Appendix 2: What Is ONEplus Therapy

    Appendix 3: Therapeutic Contract with Professor Windy Dryden: ONEplust Therapy



    Windy Dryden is in clinical and consultative practice and is an international authority on Single-Session Therapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked in psychotherapy for more than 45 years and is the author or editor of over 260 books.