The brief therapy: an uncommon therapy

I felt in love with this therapy thanks to Virages center in Belgium. By following my training that I continue to follow and improve, I wanted to start a new adventure and challenge and make known this method in which I deeply believe, to all those who wish to discover it, hoping to bring a new look in their life.

The brief systemic therapy

It is a method created by G. Bateson and the Mental Research Institute in California in the early 1950s. G. Nardone is the representative in Italy and the Gregory Bateson Institute in French-speaking Europe. Brief therapy is a practical method: focused on finding solutions rather than on the reasons that led to the problem. The patient-therapist relationship differs from other therapies because both are active: the interaction is constant and mainly based on the present and not on the patient's past. Why "brief"? We aim to solve the problem, the therapy does not become interminable.

Problems and difficulties threated

Eating disorders, phobias, anxieties, obsessions, knocks, depression, post-traumatic stress, difficult parent-child relationships, distraction, dropping out of school, emotional and sexual disorders, stress, harassment, job fatigue, burn out.



First of all, patient and therapist look together for what makes the person suffer and what emotion generates this suffering. So they set a goal that would make the person feel better, and we begin to work in that direction. 

At the end of each session, the therapist takes a few minutes to think about which exercice give the patient until the next session: one or more small tasks will be given to do every day that will complete the work done during the session.

Those tasks are very important because they lead the patient to different emotional experiences that will lead him/her to change. The person is therefore active and motivated to get better. Usually a second session is scheduled after two weeks, but if the person is suffering a lot, we can decide together to see each other sooner.

At the beginning of the next session, we will take the time to go though tasks that the patient has accomplished and we will move forward with the therapy. When the patient feels better and is able to continue on his own, the therapy can be stopped and we will review the situation after a long while. 

Of course, nothing prevents the patient from coming back in the meantime if needed, or in the case of a relapse or a new problem.

Usually we focus on the present, we discuss what brings the patient to consult here and now, and we do not look for the cause of this suffering in the past, but in the present and in very concretes terms. Of course, if the person wants or needs to discuss something that has happened in the past, we can have one or two sessions dedicated to that, but it is important to stay focused on the patient present objective.


the therapist will always receive and work first with the parent asking for help and only afterwards, and if necessary, with the child, but never together and at the same time. 

From the age of 13, however, a child is already in condition to be received alone, if he wishes, but we will always work in parallel with the parents, with the aim of creating a partnership with the family.


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Graphics by Vanessa Leonard