Doing What Works in Brief Therapy

A Strategic Solution Focused Approach


  • Ellen Quick, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA, USA

This book is both a set of procedures for the therapist and a philosophy– one that is shared with clients and one that guides the work of the therapist. This second edition continues its excellence in offering clinicians a guide to doing what works in brief therapy- for whom, and when and how to use it. Psychotherapy that follows these guidelines validates the client’s most important concerns – and it often turns out to be surprisingly brief. Author, Ellen Quick integrates strategic and solution focused therapy and includes guidelines for tailoring technique and interventions to client characteristics and preferences. With clinically rich examples throughout, this book offers applications for couples, including indications for individual or conjoint sessions.
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Practicing Clinicians, and students and professors in psychological counseling and psychotherapy.


Book information

  • Published: December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374175-2

Table of Contents

Introduction: Origins, Additional Perspectives, and the Model; Clarifying the Problem: "What's the Trouble?"; Amplifying the Solution: Variations on the Miracle Question; Evaluating Attempted Solutions: If It Doesn't Work, Do Something Different; Designing the Intervention: Validation, Compliment, Suggestion; You Can Take it With You: "What Do You Want to Remember?"; Therapist Decisions: Clarifying, Amplifying or Interrupting; Coping with Difficult Situations; Brief Therapy: Problems and Solutions in Managed Care; Medication and the Model; Problems and Solutions with Couples; "Doing What Works" Group Therapy; Doing What Works and Changing What Doesn't As a Transtheoretical Perspective; Case Examples and Excerpts from Single-Session, Brief, and Intermittent Therapy