`Excellent... [the book] explores the "provision of effective counselling with limited resources and under strict time pressures"... with some excellent writing on the nature of time and attitudes to time in counselling and psychotherapy... the evidence in favour [of short-term counselling] is put strongly. Colin Feltham favours it as an approach of choice for certain clients, which should coexist with (rather than adversarially seek to oust and replace) longer-term therapy... he draws from a wide range of literature, while identifying those key ingredients, skills and strategies that he has found especially significant. He also discusses some of the different contexts in which this work operates... Many of the questions and issues he poses

Introduction: The Nature of Time

Introduction: The nature of time

Some explanation for the title of this book is called for at the outset. Since my own view is that counselling and psychotherapy are largely synonymous, the title could as well be Time-Limited Psychotherapy. It is not titled Brief Therapy because, although I will mainly refer to quite short-term therapy and counselling, brief in the context of psychotherapy tends to refer to both counselling by design and counselling by default and has been used to refer to anything up to 40 or 50 sessions. Time-limited counselling, for the purposes of this book, mainly refers to therapeutic counselling which is usually designed to be of a predetermined number of sessions, usually not more than 20 at most, ...

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