Brief Therapy – Scott Schulkin, PhD, MFT
Brief therapy is a viable option for some people. It involves focusing on a pattern of repeated behaviors (or thoughts or experiences) which interfere with interpersonal relationships. In each situation, the focus is different, just as people are different. The first few sessions involve developing ideas about the problem. Subsequent sessions involve focusing on the agreed upon problem, and working on the numerous ways it impacts the client’s life.
Many people respond positively to this modality. The key differences between brief therapy and longer term therapy (in my experience) are:
Brief therapy is less exploratory, more focused and more active. This can be very helpful when the issue is more easily defined, more a problem of adjustment or when the client is very motivated.
Determining the appropriateness of any therapeutic modality involves assessment and discussion of the goals desired. While many people can benefit from brief therapy, not all people or situations are appropriate. For those people, other modalities may be recommended.
As noted on other pages, I have extensive experience providing brief therapy to individuals, couples and in group settings. I also teach a model of brief therapy for individuals and couples.
Scott Schulkin, PhD, MFT
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