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Single Session Therapy: Maximizing the Effect of the First (and Often Only) Therapeutic Encounter

ISBN: 978-1-55542-260-8
176 pages
August 1990, Jossey-Bass
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How to use limited therapeutic time most efficiently

Research shows that many clients seeking therapeutic help attend for one session only--no matter what their therapist's orientation or approach. Moshe Talmon demonstrates how therapists can turn this single encounter into a positive therapeutic experience.

Based on a study of hundreds of single-session cases, this book offers a realistic, practical approach to using a single session to prompt substantial changes in patients' lives. The author describes how to make the most of patients' innate ability to heal themselves--presenting insights into bolstering the patient's existing strengths, restoring autonomy and confidence, and offering solutions that the patient can implement immediately.
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Table of Contents


1. When the First Session Is the Only Session.

2. The First Phone Call: Presession Screening and Preparation.

3. Effective Single-Session Therapy: Step-by-Step Guidelines(in collaboration with Michael F. Hoyt and Robert Rosenbaum).

4. Empowering Your Patient.

5. Single-Session Therapy in Action: A Case Example(in collaboration with Michael F. Hoyt).

6. Learning from Failures.

7. Attitudes That Facilitate Single-Session Therapy.

Resources A: Follow-Up Interview.

Resources B: Tips for Managing Time and Money.
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"Talmon's presentation of single-session therapy is convincing. His style is exceptionally clear and refreshingly free of jargon.... Should be read and pondered by all outpatient therapists, funding agencies, and organizers of psychotherapeutic outpatient services." --from the foreword by Jerome D. Frank, professor emeritus of psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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