In this book, Windy Dryden takes long-standing research on SSI therapy and transfers it to the field of CBT in a timely and conceptual application.

This thoroughly updated new edition offers brand new chapters on single-session thinking. The book questions the common practice of predicating therapist training on the notion that therapy is an ongoing process. Based on his extensive work demonstrating the benefits of single-session CBT to public and professional audiences, Dryden has developed a single-session approach for work in the therapy and coaching fields. Comprising 30 key points, and divided into two parts – Theory and Practice – it concisely covers the key features of SSI-CBT.

This book offers essential guidance for students and practitioners experienced in CBT, as well as practitioners from other theoretical orientations who require an accessible guide to the distinctive theoretical and practical features of this exciting new approach.

chapter |7 pages


part Part I|99 pages


chapter 1|9 pages

Single-Session Integrated CBT (SSI-CBT):

What it is and some basic assumptions

chapter 2|10 pages

The single-session mindset in SSI-CBT

chapter 3|7 pages

Working alliance theory

A generic framework for SSI-CBT

chapter 8|6 pages

Dealing with the suitability issue

chapter 14|7 pages

Helpful client characteristics for SSI-CBT

part Part II|102 pages


chapter 16|12 pages

Good practice in SSI-CBT

chapter 17|4 pages

An overview of the SSI-CBT process

chapter 18|4 pages

The first contact

chapter 19|2 pages

Pre-session preparation

chapter 20|4 pages

The session, 1: Beginning well

chapter 21|7 pages

The session, 2: Creating a focus

chapter 23|13 pages

The session, 4: Setting a goal

chapter 26|9 pages

The session, 7: Making an impact

chapter 28|4 pages

The session, 9: Ending well

chapter 29|2 pages

After the session:

Reflection, the recording and the transcript

chapter 30|7 pages

Follow-up and evaluation