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Focused Brief Group Therapy

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Welcome to the web site for Focused Brief Group Therapy (FBGT).   You will find links to workshops, consultancies, a brief overview of the approach and Dr. Whittingham's personal blog.  

FBGT is a semi-structured, integrative interpersonal approach created by Dr. Martyn Whittingham, that works on reducing interpersonal distress in eight sessions or less.  It utilizes practice based evidence collaboratively with clients to generate a focus for treatment that is strengths-based, culturally informed and allows for non-judgmental accountability for outcomes.  

FBGT uses measurement-based care to inform the treatment, relying on state-of-the-art, evidence-based assessment tools to augment therapist judgment.  Effectiveness research studies on the approach in the USA and Singapore have shown promising outcomes, including reductions in depression, overall life distress, social anxiety and interpersonal distress.  Studies have also shown low dropout rates, including strong retention rates and outcomes for people with interpersonal styles that typically do not respond well to therapy. 

Invited addresses or workshops have been given on the approach at Stanford Psychiatry,  McClean Hospital, Peking University Psychiatric Hospital, University of Florida, Beijing Normal University and Singapore Institute of Mental Health.  

FBGT is currently utilized nationally, across the USA and internationally in a range of treatment settings, including university counseling centers, inpatient and outpatient settings.


The book and video are currently under contract with APA Press and will be coming out in late 2023.   See details at  Focused Brief Group Therapy (



Trainings on FBGT are available on request and can be booked via links on this website.  This website is currently under renovation.  If you wish to be added to the email list, please go to "contact us" and you will receive updates on workshops and certifications.

Note:  this website is currently under renovation.  Please go to "contact me" and enter your email and you will be placed on the email list.

Group therapy


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Researching and Writing

Resources for Group Therapists

Videos, research and information about FBGT and group therapy *under development

Bible Study Group

Whittingham Psychological Services 

Click here for Dr. Whittingham's private practice

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