Moshe Talmon is the first to have sistematically studied Single session therapy and, together with Michael Hoyt and Robert Rosenbaum, he conducted the first explorative research on the topic.
The most frequent number of sessions in psychotherapy is 1
A random discovery
It was 1986 and Moshe Talmon was working as psychotherapist in the psychiatric department of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Hayward, California; one of the biggest healthcare organisations of the United States.
While he was in Norman Weinstein’s (the chief) office, Talmon noticed a pile of papers reporting the writing “number of sessions for each patient for the last 12 months”.
Talmon set out to study them, and Weinstein approved.
The included data referred to the past activity of about thirty between psychiatrics, psychologists and social workers working in the clinic. In all cases, the most frequent length of the therapies was of one single session.
The first research on Single Session Therapy
It is already known that psychotherapy can last one single session of therapy.
After all, also the term single session therapy had already been used. In 1981, Simon
Budman, one of the best-known scholar of brief therapies, published Forms of Brief Therapy, which included a chapter named Focused single session therapy: Initial development and evaluation written by Bernard Bloom.
In the literature research studies on therapies of a single session were also present.
What was missing was a study specifically aimed at exploring the efficacy of SST Michael Hoyt, Robert Rosenbaum e Moshe Talmon decided, therefore, to conduct the first research study on SST, from which a series of interesting results emerged.
What is Single Session Therapy? An introduction
May a single session of therapy be enough for some people?
This is the assumption from which all the studies on Single Session Therapy have proceeded, and all resulted in univocal findings: Yes, one single session of therapy may be more than sufficient.
And not only for some people. But what is Single Session Therapy (SST)?