Brief Therapy

As brief therapists, we consider ourselves disentanglement consultants. Rather than focusing on clients’ problems per se (as would befit someone wishing to nail down proper DSM diagnoses), we attend to people's relationships to their problems. Asking how our clients have been handling what’s vexing them, we listen for ways their efforts at severing the relationship may have tightened it into knots. We think of therapy as a process of loosening and untying, rather than cutting through, such tangles. That is, we assume that a relationship is most viable when the relata—the parts at either end of the relationship—are free to change or stay stable in coordination with each other. Therapy is, for us, the process by which we facilitate, encourage, and enhance the possibility for such relational freedom.

To find out more about brief approaches to therapy, read Of One Mind and/or check out these websites: