Single Session Therapy is: like a walk-in clinic for therapy affordable at $125 easy to get an appointment quickly available online via telehealth a no-brainer

What is Single Session Therapy?

In a nutshell, it’s coming in for one session of therapy with no commitment to return. Some people find that one session of therapy is all they need to help with a pressing challenge or to talk through an important life decision.

Single Session Therapy (SST) is not about confronting the roots of issues and working through past history. Rather, it’s more about gaining immediate, valuable insights and arriving at actionable next steps.

History of Single Session Therapy

The Single Session Therapy approach is not new with examples go back to Freud and beyond. However it was more seriously researched and developed by therapy centers in Australia, the United States, and Canada who started publishing their findings in the early ’90s. Since then, studies have shown that – with the focus and structure of a single session, and the help of a supportive and empathic therapist – the majority of clients benefited and many thought that it was sufficient for their needs at that time.

Who is Single Session Therapy best for?

SST can be of benefit to anyone. Common issues that are suitable for Single Session Therapy include:

  • Decision making
  • Life transitions
  • Break-ups
  • Relationship challenges
  • and more

SST can be particularly useful for people who might have certain reservations about the traditional and extended forms of psychotherapy. It is also used by individuals who feel they just want to bounce some ideas off of an unbiased, third party mental health professional.

Single Session Therapy is not recommended for chronic mental health problems, prolonged self-exploration, or persistent/habitual issues. It is not a substitute for ongoing therapy or a quick fix for bigger issues.

Got a minute? This video explains Single Session Therapy in a nutshell:

Common Questions about Single Session Therapy

  • What if I want to come more than once?
    This is a common question and totally fine to do. You just call in and see what our availability is like that week. If you are a returning SST client, just let scheduling know and they will let you know current options.
  • Why would someone choose Single Session Therapy?
    Many individuals, couples and families avoid getting the help they need due to barriers such as time constraints, being unsure about committing to therapy, cost, stigma. SST allows you to see what therapy is like and to try different therapists. It can be particularly useful for clients who might have particular reservations about the traditional and extended forms of psychotherapy, or those who feel that just want to bounce some ideas off a non-biased third party or share about a difficult life situation with a non-judgmental professional.
  • What makes a good candidate for Single Session Therapy?
    Research points out that when a problem is very urgent and painful, people are motivated to change quickly. It can also be useful to someone who wants to check out what therapy is like.
  • Is there research pointing out that Single Session Therapy works?
    Data supporting the single-session treatment has come from a variety of studies. One recent study included “200 patients who had consulted a therapist just once at a California prepaid medical plan were called several months later; 78 percent said they had got what they wanted out of that single session and felt better about the problem.” – New York Times
  • Read this article from Oprah for more about “What is Single Session Therapy.”
Talmon, M., (1990), Single- Session Therapy: Maximizing the Effect of the First (and Often Only) Therapeutic Encounter, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.
Young, J., Ryecroft, P., Single Session Therapy: Capturing the Moment, Psychotherapy in Australia, Vol. 4 No. 1 November 1997.

Professional, licensed, and counselors that you can trust

Our counselors have been trained on a variety of well-researched methods to help you make the most progress possible.

Julie Osofsky, LPC

Julie Osofsky, LPC

Counselor
Loren Lomme, LPC, RPT

Loren Lomme, LPC, RPT

Counselor
Kelly McGettigan, LPC Intern

Kelly McGettigan, LPC Intern

Counselor
Teri Schroeder, LCSW

Teri Schroeder, LCSW

Counselor
David Jenkins, LCSW

David Jenkins, LCSW

Counselor
Kellie Caroselli, LPC Intern

Kellie Caroselli, LPC Intern

Counselor
Eileen Kinney Lindgren, LMFT

Eileen Kinney Lindgren, LMFT

Counselor
Sapana Donde, PhD

Sapana Donde, PhD

Psychologist

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