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The Joy of Single Session Coaching – A Conversation with Windy Dryden

Coaching Uncaged
Coaching Uncaged
The Joy of Single Session Coaching - A Conversation with Windy Dryden

“my goal is to kind of actually convey some of the joys of single session work and maybe deal with some of the queries that your colleagues might have about doing that work in terms of not only the professional aspects to it, but also some of the financial aspects”


In this conversation, Coaching Uncaged host, Yannick Jacob, talks with Windy Dryden, author and editor of over 260 books on coaching and therapy sharing his passion for single sessions.


Together they explore:


  • The premise that commitment is about long term contracts
  • The pressure for the coach has to deliver
  • Single session coaching as the beginning not the end of something
  • Removing the tension that comes from the imperative to deliver
  • Single session as a potential door into longer term work
  • Single sessions as potential awakenings
  • Whether multi-session contracts become a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Ending single-sessions and action plans
  • Whether single-session work is better fitted for CBT/CBC approaches rather than person-centred
  • Who is suitable for single session coaching and how to find out
  • Providing free sessions versus paid single-session coaching
  • Managing time when a client starts to just unload and talk
  • Importance of contracting for the single-session
  • The use of pre-session questionnaires
  • Dealing with complexity in single-sessions
  • The distinction between coaching and therapy
  • The power of limited time in creating movement
  • And much more


About Windy Dryden


Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy and in Single-Session Therapy (SST).

He is best known for his work in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), a leading CBT approach.  He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT.

He has published over 240 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, North and South America, India, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.

He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths University of London.







Nick is the founder and CEO of the Animas and International Centre for Coaching Supervision. Along with his love of coaching and supervision, he is a a passionate learner with a fascination for philosophy, psychology and sociology.

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