In Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations, Windy Dryden demonstrates the therapeutic value of very brief interventions in counselling, psychotherapy and coaching, using a wide range of techniques and skills to bring this novel approach to life.
The book provides an informative and innovative guide on 'how to do' very brief therapy in 30 minutes or less. The often fascinating and universal problems the volunteers discuss, as well as the goal and guiding principles of this novel therapy, are explored in the first half of this book. Inspired by Ellis’s therapeutic ‘Friday Night Workshops’, transcripts from Dryden’s own therapeutic conversations at his 'live sessions' with volunteers form the second half of the book.
Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations is an accessible and entertaining read for all therapists, whether in training or practice, who want to see very clear examples of theory being put into practice.
This book will be an invaluable asset to students and seasoned counseling professionals as well as the general public interested in learning more about very brief therapeutic conversations. Dryden demonstrates mastery in assisting his volunteers to focus on what they would like to be different in their lives and the means to achieve their goals. The verbatim transcripts in this book bring to life the art and science of single session counseling. Through a mix of authentic empathy, humor, and acceptance, Dryden demonstrates the power of razor sharp focus and efficiency in a therapeutic context.
Kristene A. Doyle, Ph.D, Director of the Albert Ellis Institute
This is a book tightly packed with information. It provides the reader with a practical guide on conducting short, single-session therapy. It also provides details of Windy’s carefully considered (mainly cognitive-behavioural) approach to therapy, honed by his decades of experience. The transcripts of his live demonstration sessions within this volume are educational, inspiring, often humorous and a rare chance to ‘see’ a master therapist practice his craft. The comments from both client (volunteer) and therapist on the process add a depth one rarely sees in a training manual. Highly recommended to trainees and experienced therapists alike.
Rob Willson, author of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies
PART 1: Principles and Practice
Chapter 1: The Principles that Guide My Work in Very Brief Therapeutic Conversations (VBTCs)
Chapter 2: The Therapeutic Bond in VBTCs
Chapter 3: The Importance of Shared Views in VBTCs
Chapter 4: Goals in VBTCs
Chapter 5: Task Behaviour in VBTCs
Chapter 6: What Volunteers Discuss in VBTCS and My Approach to These Issues
PART 2: Conversations
Chapter 7: "I Need to Know that A Large, Angry Man Won’t Attack me" – Lauren
Chapter 8: Understanding How the OCD Mind Works and Acting Constructively: Brianna
Chapter 9: Anal Sex Without Guilt…and Alcohol: Leon
Chapter 10: You Can’t Turn a Romanian into a Chinese: Diane
Chapter 11: "I Can Do It Even Though I’m Uncertain": Daphne
Chapter 12: "I Am Not Defective": Lily
Chapter 13: Working at the Base of the Pillar: Ulrike
Chapter 14: "Keep Alive, Keep Young and Stay Free!": Carla