For Students


Welcome to Psychotherapy.net. Since 1995 we have been producing and distributing the highest quality training videos in the field of psychotherapy, and we think you will find these to be incredibly useful in learning the subtle art of doing psychotherapy. Additionally, we publish Articles, Interviews, Blogs, and Cartoons (all free of charge) that will allow you to dig deep into your particular areas of interest. We strive to keep our writing fresh, and down-to-earth, honestly sharing the actual experience of what it is like to be a therapist in the trenches. You get enough dry theory and APA-style academic writing at school, so we are passionate about providing something different!
 
I have been a practicing psychologist for the past 20-plus years, but I still remember both the excitement and anxiety seeing my first clients. Unfortunately, in my graduate education I think I only watched one videotape (yes, that was in the days of VHS), and it was really pathetic.  So when I had the good fortune after grad school to study with a great master clinician, existential psychologist James Bugental, I realized the urgency of videotaping him working with a client so other therapists could learn from him. And one thing lead to another, which is how Psychotherapy.net got started.

Unlike almost every other profession, students rarely have the chance to view their mentors or teachers actually doing psychotherapy. Watching master psychotherapists in action on video is probably the next best thing. The opportunity to view actual sessions, and to hear leading experts discuss their thoughts behind their interventions is invaluable. Videos also capture the critical non-verbal aspects of therapy, including body language, facial expression, tone of voice, and the rhythm of the therapist-client interaction. As I am fond of saying, "you just can't learn psychotherapy from a book."

Fortunately things have changed since my grad school days in the 80s, and most schools have at least something of a video library.  I encourage you to use all the resources you have at your disposal to develop your skills.  If there are videos in our collection which your school doesn't own, I would encourage you to request from the librarian or one of your professors that the school order it.  If this fails, please consider ordering a copy for yourself. I know that as a student you are probably on a very  tight budget, but you will benefit from watching our videos over and over throughout the years; as you gain experience and skills, you will notice different subtleties in the video content that you may not have picked up on the first viewing.  Also, please check with us about available student discounts for some of our video titles. We can also work with schools and universities to set up our videos for online viewing as well as other options.

I have personally selected every video we offer, so I can assure you of their overall quality and relevance. However, to increase the odds that what you are ordering will meet your teaching and training needs, please consider phoning or emailing us prior to purchase. Our small staff knows our video titles very well, and we enjoy the chance to speak with you to help you select the most useful titles for your purpose; I try to answer the phone myself when I can. And just in case our videos don’t meet your expectations, we offer a full refund (although honestly we rarely get returns).

Please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions on how we can better support you in your development as a therapist. 

Cheers,

Victor Yalom, PhD
President and Founder
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