Brief Therapy is a proven psychotherapy approach that aims to
help people overcome specific problems or crises in their lives.
A planned short-term psychotherapy, brief therapy typically lasts
three to six sessions.
Who can Brief Therapy Help?
The brief therapy technique often works well for people who are
in the middle of a life crisis, such as divorce or separation,
a sudden, unwanted career change or sudden bereavement.
How Brief Therapy Works
In a crisis, people may experience a range of emotions and reactions
- and many of these emotions can be extreme: one can feel emotionally
overwhelmed, or, on the opposing end of the spectrum, completely
numb. The common thread is that either extreme emotional state
can interfere with one's ability to navigate the crisis - and
thus achieve a resolution.
The first step is to bring the emotional intensity to an optimal
level - this allows for a more objective assessment of one's reactions
to the crisis. At this point, work begins on the core assumptions
on which these reactions are based. Finally the therapist and
client work together to find specific solutions.
What to Expect after Brief Therapy
The goal of brief therapy is to restore one's equilibrium to
what it was before the crisis/problem arose.
For many, brief therapy is a good match for their needs. Others
may find that long-standing issues have played a role in the crisis
and want to address them. Still others may become interested in
the process of self-discovery they have just experienced and want
to explore further along this path. At this point, people can
choose to engage in longer-term psychotherapy,
and work on broader goals.
Read more about longer-term psychotherapy