`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

The Appropriateness of Time-Limited Counselling for Different Clients

The Appropriateness of Time-Limited Counselling for Different Clients

The appropriateness of time-limited counselling for different clients

It is common to hear phrases like, ‘Well, of course, brief therapy isn't suitable for clients with anorexia/problems of addiction/problems associated with childhood sexual abuse/personality disorders/severe depression’ and so on. Rosen (1990), for example, while liberally regarding brief therapy as having a fairly wide application, states categorically that organic psychoses, schizophrenia, affective psychoses, alcoholism and drug addiction are not suitably treated by brief methods. Other writers have categorically indicated who they believe is unsuitable for brief therapy. Malan (1976) cites an unpublished work by H.P. Hildebrand of the London Clinic of Psycho-analysis in which clients assessed as falling into the following groups might be excluded from brief therapy:

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