Last year, a survey by the American Psychological Association found that demand for psychotherapy had increased dramatically since the start of the Covid pandemic, with 68% of therapists reporting that their wait lists had grown and more than 40% saying that they were unable to keep up with demand. But help doesn’t have to mean long years of traditional psychotherapy. Research has shown that even brief interventions—targeted, time-limited programs to improve thinking and behavior at critical moments—can have significant benefits.
These interventions, which can be as brief as 30 minutes of online training, aren’t a substitute for psychotherapy. But given the increased rates of anxiety, depression, stress, substance abuse and suicidality among American adults and adolescents, they can be powerful ways to prevent challenges from escalating.