Short Term Therapies - Defining Features

Time is a key element: Therapy is “time limited,” allocating a fixed number of sessions for clients. Focus: Therapy targets specific patterns rather than ...

Defining features of short term therapies

Short-term therapy, is a generic label for any form of therapy in which time is an explicit element in treatment planning.

Defining features:

  1. Time is a key element: Therapy is “time limited,” allocating a fixed number of sessions for clients.
  2. Focus: Therapy targets specific patterns rather than attempt broader personality changes.
  3. Activity level of the therapist: Therapists adopt active methods to maintain the focus of treatment and promote self-understanding and change.
  4. Activity level of the client: Clients are absorbed in change efforts between sessions, as well as during them.
  5. Client selection: Therapy typically begins with an assessment to determine the appropriateness of brief treatment for a particular client.
  6. Enhanced experiencing: Methods, including hypnosis, relaxation techniques, introspection, confrontation, exposure, and role playing, enable individuals to experience themselves and their problems in new ways.
  7. Emphasis upon readiness for change: When clients are not aware of or not committed to changes, brief therapy goals focus on advancing readiness for change
  8. Emphasis on impact of intervention: Therapists emphasize promotion of corrective emotional experiences rather than exhaustive insight into past conflicts.

* * *


If you found this useful, do remember to like Psychology Learners on Facebook and subscribe by email.

For 'SuperNotes' click here.

For Free eBook previews click here.

For other IGNOU MAPC material click here.

For IGNOU related information and material click here.

IGNOU Students - please visit the FREE IGNOU Help Center for latest updates.
IGNOU Solved Assignments: Q11 - MPCE 013 PsychoTherapeutic Methods - MPCE 013/ASST/TMA/2015-16
Start the discussion!
Comment using Facebook
What others like...

Are you a Mental Health Leader?

If you are a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, educator or a mental health institution administrator we can help you improve your client satisfaction and generate higher revenues.

Contact Us

The Real Happiness Center

With a focus on positive psychology and passion for spreading happiness in the world, The Real Happiness Center is helping people find out what happiness means to them, and how they can achieve it.