Brief Therapies

  • Ranjan Roy
In this chapter a broad category of interventions that fall within the scope of brief therapy are discussed. IPT that we described in Chapter 5 also falls into the brief therapy category, as is CBT—the subject of Chapter 8. In fact, it can be stated with some level of certainty that time-limited brief therapy is the most common method of psychotherapy employed by psychotherapists. Based on the work of several authors, Bor and colleagues ( 2004) identified the main characteristics of brief therapy, which are as follows:
  • The intention is to help move clients to an agreed goal in a time-efficient way; the number of sessions may or may not be specified, although operationally it may be useful to have six to ten sessions in total.

  • Time is limited and is used flexibly and creatively.

  • The therapist is active throughout the process and a positive, strong, and collaborative alliance is developed.

  • Effort is made from the outset to engage the client as early as possible in the therapeutic process....


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranjan Roy
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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