Single Session Therapy : Is It Really Sufficient?

It is a question that has been debated for years amongst psychologists: Is single session therapy really sufficient? Some believe that a single session is all that is needed to help the client resolve their issue, while others think that more sessions may be required. In this blog post, we will explore both sides of the argument and come to a conclusion as to whether or not single session therapy is truly effective.

What Is Single Session Therapy?

In the last 30 years, the notion that therapy should always be long-term has been opposed and fought over. Data from public and non-profit therapy institutions indicate that the maximum number of sessions customers have is “1” and 70-80% of the patients who have a single session are satisfied with the current session.

Is single session therapy cheaper?

It depends on the therapist and the practice. Some therapists offer a sliding scale based on income, so lower-income patients may pay less for sessions. Others may charge less for a single session. However, most therapists charge more for a single session because they dedicate more time to it. In general, I would say that multiple sessions are generally cheaper than a single session.

Single Session Therapy (SST) has been developed to reflect these findings. It is best seen as a curative mindset and a way of providing services to help where needed rather than a usability point. What is particularly attractive about SST is that it is applied by different therapies by therapists, making it general appeal.

Single session therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on long-term goals by emphasizing behavior change. Therapists don’t focus on the emotional causes of those barriers, as those deeper issues would require many sessions to uncover and process. Single session therapists usually do not provide psychoanalysis or deep psycho-therapy and instead use cognitive restructuring and skills training to achieve desired goals.

This approach is favored by people who follow evidence-based practices and it often may be chosen because there are time constraints or money constraints, such as the insured only wanting to pay for one type of therapy per year. However, studies show that single session therapies can increase patients’ feelings of competence and self-worth without increasing significant problems later in life.

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If there is a specific subject that needs to be solved, one-session therapy is a suitable method. On the other hand, if there are some problems that need to be solved in a longer period of time, this method is definitely not suitable.

Windy Dryden has developed a new approach to single-session therapy known as “Single-Session Integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy”. This method is developed for:

  • Patients with low-income
  • Those who want to have information about “which direction to take” for their problems
  • For those who do not have a psychological condition but want to find solutions to their momentary or periodic problems

Why Should I Prefer Single Session Therapy?

This approach is most efficient for those who have never had an appointment with a psychologist. Approximately 70% of people experiencing stress tend to solve their problems independently or through their relatives. And in general, they have to spend a lot of time and effort to solve their problems. In addition to that, many of them hurt themselves mentally while trying to solve their problems.

Yes, therapy can take a long time for some. However, it is not always like that. Why? Because not everyone experiences the same problems at the same rate and under the same conditions. Second, the ability of each individual to solve their problems is not the same!

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The main purpoThe cost of a single session is less expensive than a course of therapy, and the therapeutic effects are often more powerful. Therapy progresses at a natural pace, as it can be supplemented or discontinued as desired. Oftentimes, all that is needed has been accomplished in one sitting – consequently, no additional sessions are required. One-on-one therapy allows for quicker progress as well as fewer feelings of isolation. In many cases, consultation over the phone or via email may suffice without the need to face your therapist in person, but this situation also depends on personal factors such as socioeconomic status and lifestyle choices.

Additionally, an individual’s comfort level will need to be taken into consideration when making a decision between individualized versus group sessions because not everyone feels comfortable with talking about their problems in public.

Last Updated on December 11, 2022 by Lucas Berg


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