This book's stated goal is to "provide not only a book about brief therapy but also a guide to doing brief work" by giving "readers a taste of different brief therapies and their underlying strengths and weaknesses." The first and final chapters serve as bookends to the body of the text, holding together what is essentially a brief anthology of "Six Key Brief Psychotherapies" and related "Special Topics." Cognitive, behavioral, solution-focused, interpersonal, time-limited dynamic, and brief couples therapy are each presented in turn, including what each therapy is, how it is done, what to watch out for, and who it is that the therapy is for. Case examples are used to highlight key points and to translate theory into practice. The "Special Topics" section covers domains that cut across the therapies, including "Essential Ingredients for Successful Psychotherapy," "Brief Psychotherapy in a Multicultural Context," "Combining Brief Psychotherapy and Medications," and, for educators, "Evaluating Competence in Brief Psychotherapy."