Brief Interventions

These are short (6 sessions or less) approaches that focus on improving a behavior that is becoming problematic but only requires a short intervention.  Problems that are frequently treated using brief interventions include:

Adolescents or college students who are beginning to experience problems with alcohol, illicit prescription medications, or other substances.  Possible signs may include legal charges including a MIP or DUI, concerns relayed by his/her school, or problems noticed by a parent.

Health Behaviors (e.g., smoking cessation, obesity, compliance with medical recommendations) – Change can be difficult, but effective strategies to improve your success are available.  These services focus on increasing motivation to change and commitment to engaging in behaviors that are consistent with your health goals.

While short-term therapy is often effective for milder substance use or health behavior changes, longer treatment duration may be required in some cases.