Strategic brief therapy is a form of psychotherapy created by Paul Watzlawick and Giorgio Nardone, which is designed to help people take new perspectives on the patient’s problem and, from there, help them apply qualitatively strategies to the patient. different ways he used to deal with the situation.
Its simplicity and short duration, among other things, make this option the favorite of many psychotherapists and people seeking psychology services.
In this article we will talk about the main advantages of brief strategic therapy and how these have implications for the patient’s quality of life.
The main benefits and advantages of brief strategic therapy
The qualities of brief strategic therapy that make this approach particularly valuable are as follows.
1. It is a short-term therapeutic intervention
The first benefit is pretty obvious: as the name suggests, short-term strategic therapy is short-lived. And does this form of psychological intervention It was designed from the start as a process that can be completed in a matter of weeksto avoid time running out and patients feeling frustrated (which, unfortunately, leads some patients to stop going to the psychologist and to retrace their steps with the therapist).
On the other hand, short-term strategic therapy is the antithesis of those who see therapy as practically a way of life, attending their weekly session for years (often without really having to go to a psychologist), which we will see below. .
2. Therapy always focuses on the problem
Another characteristic of brief strategic therapy that makes it attractive to many people is that it places great emphasis on very precisely defining the problem to be treated, which is the source of the person’s discomfort. That is, it does not focus on the symptoms or the different manifestations of what negatively affects the patient, but on who triggered the general situation the person wants to get out of.
That is why we are looking for ways to reformulate what happened to analyze it through a different strategy, something that avoids having to constantly fight the same problem because it transforms or manifests itself in different ways or in other contexts.
3. Its simplicity makes it easy to follow
During psychotherapy, patients do not need to face many challenges or memorize many theoretical aspects of what is happening to them or should be done, which makes the experience more bearable and the chances of frustration lessen.
4. Therapy focuses on the present
Brief strategic therapy is based on the idea that most of the problems that bring the person to see a psychologist are there because the person, without realizing it, remains active in the current behavioral dynamics that keep the cause afloat. of her discomfort (but not because she is responsible for the emotional pain she is suffering). Therefore, this type of psychotherapy focuses on the present, the idea that it is not necessary to know the past origin of the problem, but its manifestation in the here and now. This makes the process easier and more accessible, as not everyone is able to understand exactly how it all came about.
5. The effects are long-lasting because the vicious cycle of the problem is broken
As we saw earlier, brief strategic therapy offers a way to break the vicious circle in which the person participates (sometimes without realizing it). Because of this, there is a qualitative change in the person’s quality of lifeand not only quantitative, which makes it possible to prevent the problem from rising again from its ashes.
6. It is effective in treating non-psychopathological disorders and problems
As brief strategic therapy was not designed taking into account the reason for consultation in terms of symptoms and mental disorders. its use is not limited to people with a specific type of psychopathology, and is very versatile when applied to various problems. Thus, it is useful when the goal is to deal with common experiences such as low self-esteem, fear of public speaking, lack of schedule in studies, etc.
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