One-Session Treatment: Principles and Procedures with Adults

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


When I started research and clinical work with specific phobics in the mid 1970s, very little differentiation was made in the research literature between agoraphobia, social phobia, and specific phobia regarding the number of therapy sessions. Thus, I used eight 1-hour sessions in my early studies on specific phobias. After having worked with that format for about 5 years I started getting bored seeing the same patients week after week. I also began to question why behavior therapists should follow the same format as devised by psychodynamic short-term therapy (i.e. one session per week for 12–20 weeks).


Specific Phobia Belief Rating Safety Behavior Spider Phobia Catastrophic Cognition 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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