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Joseph E. Talley, PH.D. has defined very brief psychotherapy as lasting from one to seven sessions – brief psychotherapy as eight to twenty sessions. The effectiveness of brief and very brief treatment is documented and measured by your satisfaction with services received and symptom reduction as reported on various questionnaires. Psychologists at Anton Counseling & Health Psychology provide brief and very brief psychotherapy depending upon your specific needs or desires. Occasionally, you might feel motivated to meet very briefly in order to consult on a specific concern. Other times, you may find that a more thorough approach is warranted.


The goal of any therapeutic experience is to have a positive experience with your therapist and at least the initiation of some change in your feelings and actions. This change may consist of beginning to look at yourself, others, or one’s life circumstances at least somewhat differently or beginning to feel at least somewhat differently. 

The commencement on the road of “complete work” is, in and of itself, of value by virtue of the improved state of those receiving treatment and by virtue of the positive experience with the therapist, thus leaving the door open for further treatment if needed in the future. However, often very brief psychotherapy is itself sufficient to result in a different perspective on the problem and alter the mood or the accompanying symptoms. 

Treatment Review:

Steven Aaron Kramer, Ph.D. discussed a planned review as "an important discussion of where you started psychotherapy compared with where you are at the conclusion of treatment in terms of presenting problems, life difficulties, interpersonal relationships, and other aspects of change and growth." This review and summing-up process may include discussion of how to maintain treatment gains as well as areas you can continue to work on by yourself after treatment ends. 

There is a natural beginning and ending to the therapeutic counseling process and it is important to be brought up and discussed by yourself and your psychologist. Either you or your Psychologist can initiate the conclusion of treatment.

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