Single-Session Therapy

What is Single-Session Therapy (SST)?

Our SST approach is designed for individuals, couples, and families who want to tackle a specific mental health or relationship challenge, have a clear goal in mind, and are willing to closely collaborate with the Intermind therapist over a single two-hour session.

SST is an established and rapidly-growing approach to improving mental, emotional, and relationship health, and is backed by a large base of evidence.

Intermind Employs These Single-Session Therapy Models for Our Clients.

Chairwork Psychotherapy

Chairwork allows you to engage with different aspects of yourself or with others in a structured manner. Using chairs to represent different perspectives or voices, it facilitates deeper self-exploration, and helps you to resolve internal conflicts and develop a healthy self-view..

Focused Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (FACT)

FACT guides you to embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting against them. Through mindful action and clarifying your values, it supports you in building a rich and meaningful life while handling painful experiences.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

MET supports you in mobilising your internal resources for change. It rapidly identifies and leverages your intrinsic motivations, helping you to initiate and commit to a personalized plan, fostering positive changes.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

SFBT encourages you to envisage the future you desire and identify the steps to achieve it. Focusing on solutions rather than problems, it helps you leverage your existing strengths and resources, fostering swift and sustainable change.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

SST is a three-step process. Prior to the session, our clients answer questions that relate to their challenges, and provide information about themselves. The second step involves a 105-120 minute SST session. Finally, we call our clients 3-5 days after the session to gauge what is different for our client and decide on the next course of action.

Yes, SST has a rapidly growing base of evidence regarding its clinical effectiveness. You can see that evidence here.

SST could be right for you if you satisfy the following:

  1. You are unable (or unwilling) to have more than one therapy session
  2. You know the specific mental health or relationship challenge you are experiencing
  3. You have a clear goal in mind
  4. You are comfortable with the potential emotional intensity of SST therapy models
  5. You are willing to collaborate closely with the Intermind therapist throughout the session
  6. You are willing to spend up to 120 minutes in one session.

There are a couple of risks, including:

  • Halfway through the session you become aware that your initial goal is no longer relevant. This awareness is a great outcome, but it usually requires more time to explore beyond the single session.
  • You find that despite our support, the intensity of the single-session therapy models is creating too much emotional charge for you. In this case, we recommend the less intensive pace of either Brief Therapy (2-10 sessions) or Longer-Term Therapy (>10 sessions).

Due to the limited time nature of SST, we use evidence-based psychotherapy models that are designed to produce improvements for our clients within one session.  The nature of the interventions we use can be emotionally taxing for some. We support our clients through this experience either with frequent session pauses, or by discontinuing SST and recommending Brief Therapy or Longer-Term Therapy.

The short answer is we can’t know until we understand more about you, your background, and your current environment. We encourage you to click on the Initial Consult option below so that we can set up a 15 minute conversation. We can then recommend SST, Brief Therapy, or Longer-Term Therapy.

Yes, you can use SST to explore the style of your Intermind therapist and decide whether you would like to continue working with them.

You can have as many SST sessions as you feel are necessary. SST is never about “one session and you’re done”; instead, its focus is always on “one meaningful session at a time”.

Yes, SST is available to every client, whether they are an individual, a couple, or a family.

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