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Can the person-centred approach work in time-limited counselling and psychotherapy? This is a question that many practitioners grapple with as demand for brief therapy increases - particularly in the public sector. Brief Person-Centred Therapies is the first book to tackle the subject, bringing together the experience and insights of a leading international team of person-centred specialists. The book examines the "theoretical fit" between the person-centred approach and brief therapy. It also explores the issues which arise when working briefly in a range of different settings, including primary care, higher education and business. Brief Person-Centred Therapies is essential reading for all person-centered trainees and for practitioners who want to work in services where brief work is called for.

Brief Encounters: Time-Conscious Person-Centred Therapy with Couples
Brief encounters: Time-conscious person-centred therapy with couples

When two individuals get together and become a couple, in a sense ‘two become one’. However, as the individuals involved also remain as individuals, it perhaps makes more sense to say that ‘one and one equals three’, where the relationship is the third entity. Moreover, when a couple comes to therapy, more often than not they are presenting and wanting to get help with their relationship, and hence the term ‘relationship therapy’.

In this chapter I present an argument in favour of couples or relationship therapy being brief, based on my experience working with couples. The argument is based on three premises:

  • That the couple create a unique relationship and, in this, they ...
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