Short-term psychotherapy can be very useful for situational problems such as acute stress, a specific conflict with another person or group, a parenting difficulty or making an important decision. Generally defined as fewer than twelve sessions, brief therapy focuses on the present and is solution focused. The therapeutic emphasis is on making decisions, changing the way one thinks about a problem and taking positive actions toward a goal.  Short-term therapy can also be helpful during a crisis period such as the loss or death of someone close.

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