I did not per my rather "naive" questions plan to start a theory "war". Although Cognitive Therapy may be considered a "short term" approach, my comments were more specifically addressing the topic of brief "solution-oriented, solution based" therapy. As I see it (in my current course work) this approach is being given a lot of emphasis and I am attempting to understand the nature of this particular type of approach in relation to other possible approaches. If Cognitive Therapy challenges and helps clients revise faulty thinking patterns and distortions, in my opinion, that is not a bandaid approach. As you point out Cognitive therapy can occur over a longer period of time and can address multiple issues. If however, a treatment approach encourages clients to "solve" a problem while neglecting to look closely and deeply at the origins of that problem, or at least to contemplate additional problems arising from the same "issue"....then I wonder if that is a treatment or a bandaid?? My questions are a sincere effort to formulate a working knowledge base.