Are you facing a long waiting list for counselling and ready to act now? If you don’t want to lock into ten sessions of therapy! Do you think that one session (for now) will assist you? Then, single-session counselling might be the answer.

What is single-session counselling?

Single-session counselling is a therapy that lasts for one session, and that one session may be enough. More sessions are possible, but the intention is to have one session (for now). It allows you to discuss your situation and plan your action. After the session, it is time to reflect, act, wait, and decide whether you want another appointment. There is no pressure.

Single-session counselling is a service rather than a counselling approach or technique. You are in the driver’s seat. You decide –

  • When you initiate therapy.
  • Goals of your therapy.
  • Using your existing experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Whether one session is enough (for now), if you choose to have another, or if ongoing sessions are more appropriate.

How does it work?

  • You decide to initiate contact with the professional offering single-session counselling.
  • You complete a brief intake form.
  • The session begins within the week.

During the session:

  • We will discuss your topic and what you want by the end of the session.
  • We will check in at various points to ensure we are on track.
  • We will clarify the next steps.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the session.
  • I may provide resources after the session (if appropriate).
  • A follow-up call at an agreed interval will provide accountability for your actions.

When does it work?

Single-session counselling works best when you are motivated and ready to change.

Preparing will help you get the most out of your session. Think about what you want to discuss and what you want to achieve by the end of the session.

Single-session therapy may not be suitable if you are in crisis (contact Lifeline 131114). Unfortunately, I am unable to provide Medicare rebates. However, you may be able to access private health rebates depending on your fund and level of coverage.

What are the benefits?

The benefits are many, including:

  • Short wait times (usually within the week), depending on client and practitioner availability.
  • Cost-effective (when compared to ongoing counselling).
  • It can be a practical help for now if waiting for free services or reduced fees with a long waiting list.
  • Access service when you need it rather than joining a waiting list.
  • Chance to feel more optimistic by the end of the session.

Next steps:

Call or email to book a brief telephone enquiry.


Dryden, W. (2019). Single-Session Therapy (SST): 100 Key Points and Techniques. London: Routledge.

Hoyt, M.F., Bobele, M., Slive, A., Young, J., & Talmon, M. (Eds.). (2018). Single-Session Therapy by Walk-in or Appointment: Administrative, Clinical, and Supervisory Aspects of One-at-a-Time Services. London, Routledge.