Facing a long waiting list for counselling and you’re ready to act now? Don’t want to lock into 10 sessions of therapy! Do you think that one session (for now) will assist you?

What is single-session counselling?

Single session counselling is therapy that lasts for one session and that one session may be enough. More sessions are possible, but the intention is one session (for now). It provides you the opportunity to discuss your situation and plan out your action. After the session, it is a time to reflect, act, wait and then 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 one, or if ongoing sessions are more appropriate for now.

How it works?

  • 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)
  • Follow up call at an agreed interval to provide accountability on the actions that you took.

Who it works for?

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

You will get the most out of your session if you prepare. Think about what you want to talk about, and what you want by the end of the session.

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

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)
  • Can be effective help for now if waiting for free services or reduced fee with long waiting list
  • Access service when you need it rather than joining a waiting list
  • Chance to feel more positive and optimistic by the end of the session.

Next steps:

Call or email to book in for 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.

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