“It works quickly and it’s easy to use. What used to take 6 months now takes 6 sessions.”

M.S.F. – Community Psychiatric Nurse

PICT Quick Change therapy (QC) is defined by intensive four-hour therapy sessions. These sessions can be offered in a number of flexible formats according to the client’s needs, such as a five-day single course or any combination and variation of days until work is complete.

One of the main advantages of QC therapy is that work which could otherwise take months, may be completed in a shorter time (one four-hour session is the equivalent to one month of traditional therapy formats). This advantage is multiplied because each hour of work follows through immediately, so there is little chance of losing momentum and no time lost ‘warming up’, as is often the case with the traditional weekly sessions.

Am I eligible for PICT Quick Change therapy?

Because every client is different, an assessment interview is held to ascertain:

  • The prospective client’s suitability to work within the QC formats that the therapist can offer
  • What variations to the PICT model may be needed to suit the client
  • If the prospective client should be referred for a different treatment

The initial interview will help assess whether or not QC is likely to be the right path for the client and if so, how it is best offered. For some clients the QC format one day a week may be the recommendation; for others it may be the standard PICT model (a 90-120 minute session once a week) or another style of therapy altogether.

Clients with eating disorders; Dissociative Identity Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; self-harm issues; drug and alcohol abuse or ritual abuse experiences will usually take longer and cannot be considered for a one-off five-day format. However it could be possible to be seen for five consecutive days, once a month, until work is complete.

Clients who process slowly will also not be suitable for a single 5 day format. Slow processors are people who are slower than usual to answer questions or make visual pictures because they: need extra time to think carefully about any new information; need to create pictures in thorough detail; need time to fully ‘sense’ their pictures; have a step by step ‘thinking programme’ that has to be started over if they go off track or are interrupted; find it difficult to stay focused on one issue at a time; or spend a lot of time arguing in their own mind about what they want to say. There is no right or wrong way to process information or create visual images in our minds, but people who have a slower way of processing may not have time to complete everything in the one-off 5 day format.

What does Quick Change cost?

Charges for QC vary with the experience, qualifications and location of the therapist. Fees in London are generally greater than fees charged the North, therapists who have specialised training charge more than a therapist with general training. Therapists who have worked for years and built up a good reputation charge more than someone who more recently qualified. Therapists usually charge their usual hourly rate for QC. Of course, it may seem like a lot because it will be a lump sum, but it must be remembered, it is the same cost as would be paid for one hour weekly sessions, but clients are getting their issues resolved in a quicker, condensed period of time.

Clients accepted for QC will be required to make a non-refundable deposit to secure the booking and to pay the balance on the first day of the therapy. A discussion with individual therapists is needed to fully answer questions of availability, the QC format, costs and booking an assessment interview.