Single Session Therapy (SST)

On Wednesdays, schedule a same day session through our "Web-in Wednesday" program.  These same day sessions are "Single-Session Therapy" (SST) meetings that are offered on a first come-first served basis.  Call early in the day for best availability.  You can also schedule an SST session in advance during other days of the week (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri).  Just alert reception that you would like to schedule an SST appointment. Please know that should you wish to continue services at CAPS (individual or group appointments), that this can be arranged following an SST appointment.

Who might benefit from a SST meeting?  The assumption behind all short-term therapy is that people have the capacity to change their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in a way that creates significant and meaningful changes in their lives.  With focused work, SST can help you make changes that can cause "a positive cascade of ripple effects" (see Hoyt et al. [2018], Single Session Therapy by Walk-In or Appointment).   Just about anyone that is able to get clarity on a specific goal and that is able to stay focused can benefit from SST.

How does it work?  Schedule your SST appointment by calling 707.826.3236.  Once we reopen for in-person services, you will also have the option of coming in on a Wednesday on a drop-in basis (come in the morning to assure a spot for that day!).  We have kept "paperwork" to a minimum.  It should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete some brief forms.  You will meet with the counselor for 50 minutes and the two of you will focus on what YOU want to focus on.  The therapist will help you to clarify your goal/s (while keeping them manageable) and will work hard to help you get a handle on things. S/he may provide education, teach you particular skills, provide tools, help you develop more insight and/or shift your thinking, and may also suggest resources or steps for the future.  

Show me the data!  There is a great deal of evidence that SST works and that clients are satisfied with it!  For example, Harper-Jaques & Foucault (2014) and Hymmen, Stalker, and Cait (2012) showed that clients reported an improvement in presenting concerns as well as decreased stress, increased agency and coping, and decreased problem severity following a single walk-in session.  There is too much research out there for us to list it all here, but if you are interested, we can direct you to some books where you can read more about it...


Emergency Numbers

Humboldt Public Safety
(707) 826-5555

CAPS, including after-hours phone support
(707) 826-3236

Humboldt County Mental Health
(707) 268-2900

24-Hour County Crisis Line
(707) 445-7715