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Single session therapy for the treatment of specific phobias in children

This week we will talk about a study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry that talks about Single Session Therapy used in the treatment of specific phobias in children.

The objective of the article, beyond the sharing of research data, is to learn how TSS can be applied in certain areas of intervention (e.g. work with children), with specific categories of problems (e.g. specific phobias) and with a particular approach or method of therapy, which in the specific case is represented by Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) .  

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SST to take stock of the situation – the experience of a single session therapy in a long-term family journey

In how many ways can Single Session Therapy find its effectiveness?

How many of you will have asked yourself this question when you found yourself in a position to introduce it into your own professional practice, thinking, for example, of experimenting it with already started courses.

In today’s article we will show you how¬†the use of SST¬†can be extended not only to¬†different¬†areas of intervention¬†(e.g. families, couples, emergencies), but can also perform¬†various functions¬†, without losing its value and effectiveness.¬†

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A single session therapy model for the psychiatric emergency

Often in the¬†workshops on SST we are asked this question “But can Single Session Therapy be used for the treatment of serious psychopathological disorders?”

With today’s article we will try to answer this question by presenting the¬†Single Session Therapy¬†model¬†for psychiatric emergency¬†applied in the¬†Psychiatric¬†Denver Health Medical Center¬†, in particular in the¬†Psychiatric Emergency Services¬†of the¬†Department of Behavioral Health¬†in¬†Denver¬†in¬†Colorado¬†.

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Why become a single session therapist?

As already mentioned in the previous article the¬†Italian Center for Single Session therapy¬†was born mainly with the aim of¬†training¬†psychologists and psychotherapists in¬†the method of Single Session Therapy¬†and more generally with the intention of providing¬†tools of innovative intervention¬†close to people’s requests.

The objective¬†of today’s article will, in fact, be to illustrate the¬†new world trends¬†in terms of¬†needs¬†,¬†costs¬†and¬†interventions¬†in the field of mental health and the¬†professional challenges¬†that the psychologist will have to face, finally answering¬†the precise question¬†that many psychologists in these years have placed us during the¬†workshops¬†, namely¬†“Why become a single session therapist?”

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How to introduce a single session therapy

Imagine that you are a Walk-In therapist offering a Single Session Therapy service without an appointment . Surely you will find yourself faced with the possibility of welcoming people who will turn to you for advice, expecting to solve their problem or achieve their goal in the shortest possible time.

At this point it will be of fundamental importance to set up the interview in such a way that the psychologist and the client can immediately make the most of the time available to them.

The aim of this article, therefore, will be to focus on the way to introduce Single Session Therapy and to maximize the counseling    session from the very first moment .

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How to conduct a SST: the Canadian – Texan model

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.

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A Single Session Therapy Service for couples: Interview with Martin Soderquist

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 ‚Äč‚ÄčSingle 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.

Good vision!

Flavio Cannistrà
Psychologist, Psychotherapist
Founder of the Italian Center
for Single Session Therapy

How to attract patients with Single Session Therapy

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.

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The Single Session for transgender and gender variant children and teenagers

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. 

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