ABSTRACT

This chapter explores the broad landscape of brief therapy and the dynamics of those in crisis. Most couples and families come to therapy essentially speaking a different language than that of the brief therapy clinician. In spite of any cherished images clinicians may have of the inward journey of therapy, the unraveling of the past and the unconscious, the reality check is that, in fact, most couples and families are in brief therapy. While a sizeable majority of couples and families usually come to therapy in some form of crisis and need crisis stabilization, not all such clients are appropriate for a brief therapy approach to treatment. The psychodynamic deconstruction of the past seeks to provide clients with insights into their history that can help them better navigate the present. The chapter also presents an overview on the key concepts discussed in this book.