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Single-Session Therapy: Distinctive Features
Windy Dryden
Routledge / Softcover / Mar 2019
9780367110116 (ISBN-10: 0367110113)
Brief Psychotherapy
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162 pages
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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

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

Overview: The process of SST
Making a decision about SST
Preparing for the session
Getting started
Working with problems and goals
Creating and maintaining a session focus
Doing the work
Utilising client variables
Making an impact
Negotiating the solution
Practising the solution in the session
Bringing the session to a suitable end
Encouraging client reflection, digestion, action and decision
Following-through and following-up


About the Author

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.

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