There is “a new wave of concentrated, intensive therapy programs for psychiatric disorders.” Research is showing that, for both children and adults, the concentrated therapy that takes place through multiple, longer meetings over 1 or 2 weeks “is generally just as effective, and in some ways more effective, as [standard] treatment that is spread out over several months.” Standard treatment generally involves a 1-hour meeting once a week. The research found that remission rates were not statistically different, plus fewer participants dropped out of the concentrated therapy compared to the standard therapy. Another study found that OCD patients “were more improved after treatment ended than those who received traditional weekly or twice-weekly” therapy. After three months, “both groups were equally improved.” “The intensive treatments seem to work best for anxiety-related disorders” usually involving cognitive behavioral therapy. Advantages of the concentrated therapy can include quicker relief from symptoms and delivering treatment to more people (easier logistics) .
With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks