Why choosing brief therapy?
If you are now on this website, it is probably not by chance. Some of you know what is all about, others might be coming across psychotherapy for the first time. The psychotherapy I practice is a brief one (solution focused, strategic elements, cognitive defusion), thus encouraging the client to find his own resources, which he might later use on a long term. Very long therapies and an unhealthy addiction to the therapist are discouraged and are not considered to be in the client’s benefit.
Why choose brief therapy? Either someone proposed it to you or you came to this conclusion on your own, psychotherapy is a reasonable option in most of the cases. Sometimes, even the most severe disorders have better results if the medication is helped by psychotherapy. Medication alone cannot promote the emergence of valid solutions, resources or change behavioral patterns but psychotherapy can do that. Change is to be expected, rather than miracles.
Everyone has, at one point in their lives, found themselves trapped in a conundrum, and although human beings have all the natural resources to face life’s challenges, we can sometimes get stuck in a problem. Losing someone that is dear to us, going through a divorce, the ups and downs of marriage, anxiety, depression all represent factors that might unbalance us. This is where psychotherapy steps in and, in the moments of crisis, can bring about solutions, which were always within that person’s reach but that he could not access, due to a temporary blockage. The principles that govern the brief therapeutic relationship are:
1) There is no failure, there is only feedback.
2) Trust in the client’s resources and his will to heal, the belief that the best expert for the problem is the client himself.
3) The client has resources and abilities to solve his problems.
4) Change is continuous.
5) The therapist’s duty is to spot and amplify the change.
6) The smallest change is still a change.
7) Clients define the therapy’s objective.
8) If something works, do more of that thing.
9) If something doesn’t work, do something differently.
10) Rapid changes are possible.