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date: 01 December 2021

p. 444. Time-limited psychotherapylocked

p. 444. Time-limited psychotherapylocked

  • Tom Burns
  •  and Eva Burns‐Lundgren


For many therapists and patients, short-term therapies are now the treatments of choice. ‘Time-limited psychotherapy’ describes three time-limited psychotherapies that have emerged with increasing evidence for their effectiveness: interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT, devised specifically for depression), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT, an integrative approach combining cognitive understandings and techniques within a more analytic framework), and solution-focused therapy (SFT, an active approach that engages people’s inbuilt ability to find solutions). In all of these therapies, both parties have to make active use of the time available to them. A focus is created at a very early stage, and the patient or client plays an active role in addressing their difficulties, both within and between sessions.

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