`[An] excellent book... an important source of learning, bringing clarity and insight into often isolated areas' - Counselling in Medical Setting (CMS) Journal `Glyn Hudson-Allez' book is very well researched and clearly written... time-limited therapy is an effective and professional means of offering practical help and the book is highly recommended reading for all counsellors wishing to work in this way' - Family Practice As general practitioners are increasingly capping provision of counselling sessions, time-limited therapy skills are becoming ever-more important to counsellors working alongside GPs. Time-limited therapy provides a specific set of skills which enable counsel
Chapter 3: Time-Limited Therapy
Most General Practices employing a counsellor impose a time limit on the counselling contract; most commonly six, eight or twelve sessions. Therapists trained in the traditional psychodynamic or humanistic schools of therapy would argue that such short interventions are worthless; that the only good therapy is long-term which gets to the deep-seated root of the problems. More cognitive and behavioural orientated therapists may not agree with this premise and will be used to working in a briefer way. This chapter looks at time-limited therapy (TLT) in more detail and examines the similarities and differences with more traditional long-term approaches. It then goes on to highlight the common techniques that counsellors working with TLT can employ.
What are the Reasons for Considering Time-Limited Therapy?