The Canadian-Texan Model is represented by the work of Arnold Slive and Monte Bobele : the first launched the Eastside Family Center in Calgary (Canada), integrating the logic of TSS into a walk-in service , and the second created a similar service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio (Texas), after a meeting with Slive.
How does Single Session Therapy work with couples?
Some time ago we translated an article by Martin Soderquist , director of a counseling center for couples in Sweden and author of a chapter on the subject in the book Single-session therapy by walk-in or appointment (Hoyt et al. , 2018).
The very interesting article presented the project and research data collected by the group headed by Soderquist .
The topic is very interesting, because it shows a very useful declination of TSS: work with couples, in fact. In particular, then, it shows how a counseling center for couples can organize itself around the idea of Single Session Therapy – and how this is greatly appreciated.
So we decided to have a chat with Soderquist , interviewing him to ask him to tell us more about his experience. The result is an interesting interview of about twenty minutes , which we propose below.
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How to attract patients with Single Session Therapy
In this article we will see how to attract patients to your office or to the facility that hosts us through the use of TSS.
For many therapists, especially beginners, clinical activity can be difficult , to the point of not guaranteeing sufficient income for their economic subsistence. Not infrequently the psychotherapist (even an expert) is “forced” to integrate with other activities, sometimes quite distant from the area in question.
As awareness of gender diversity increases, the number of children and adolescents presenting to gender variance services in Australia and overseas increases (Chen et al., 2016; Wren et al., 2016), with a consequent increase in waiting times to access the necessary assessment for medical transition paths (hormonal and / or surgical therapy).
Innovative approaches are needed to reduce waiting times, enable timely clinical support and provide education to patients and their families.
In this article we present a service created in Australia by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation that deals with the intervention of people with gambling addiction problems .
The goal is to find out how the Single Session Therapy method is applied in the context of counseling services for people with gambling problems and in particular for their families, offered by the foundation in collaboration with the Bouverie Center.
As already written in other articles all over the world, walk-in services are becoming more and more popular .
The logic that characterizes walk-in services, as anticipated in a previous article, can be summarized in 3 points:
- receive a visit without an appointment , simply by entering the Center, clinical study or web page;
- receive the service usually in a short time (not waiting hours);
- cheapness , and in some cases free of charge, of the services
As already discussed above, the therapist who wants to start using the Single Session Therapy method in his professional activity will not necessarily have to change his therapeutic approach or learn a new one, just as he will not have to abandon the use of techniques. consolidated or even change their professional structure.
In this regard, we have already suggested some ways through which the therapist can experiment with the application of TSS , using it as an alternative to the free interview , as a second consultation or as an online intervention .
Carlo, not his real name, contacts us about a problem: he absolutely has to solve his panic attacks. He has a family, children, and the situation has become serious: he no longer drives due to anxiety and his wife does not have a driving license, so he had to take sick leave from work (which is more than 70 kilometers from his home).
Talmon writes “The most evident and current problem is that too often when the intervention is limited to a single meeting one is led to think – with a certain superficiality – of a” drop-out “, a” premature conclusion ” , a “therapeutic failure”, all negative definitions that suggest a failure of the intervention. The Single Session indicates how best to use the single meeting to induce substantial changes in the patient’s life: how to make the most of it, how to program it, how to change normal therapeutic attitudes to be more creative and effective, how to use one’s time in a different way, how to encourage the patient’s availability and motivation and how to associate the necessary diagnostic-evaluation moment the therapeutic process of change “(page 12).
In other articles we have reported the evidence on how Single Session Therapy can be applied to different areas of intervention and used with different therapeutic approaches (eg CBT, hypnosis, Ericksonian psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapies, strategic therapy , systemic and family therapies, EMDR, etc.).
Here, we will show how TSS can be concretely integrated with a specific therapeutic approach, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in the specific treatment of insomnia, highlighting the results .