Advanced Clinical Skills

Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy in Action
by James Bugental
Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy in Action shows James Bugental, the legendary clinician and teacher, conducting two actual psychotherapy sessions with the same client. 
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Irvin Yalom: Live Case Consultation
by Irvin Yalom
Yalom provides consultation to therapists on individual and group therapy cases. See how he translates his existential and interpersonal approach into action in this highly acclaimed video.
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James Bugental: Live Case Consultation
by James Bugental
This video presents a rare and invaluable opportunity to view renowned existential-humanistic psychotherapist James Bugental demonstrate his unique group consultation style.
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Rollo May on Existential Psychotherapy
by Rollo May
See this legendary Existential Psychotherapy master in a dialogue on what matters most in the practice of psychotherapy.
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Otto Kernberg: Live Case Consultation
by Otto Kernberg
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to sit in on three fascinating consultation sessions with legendary psychoanalyst, Dr. Otto Kernberg. The clarity of his insights, and the direct and practical advice he gives, will certainly dispel many myths about contemporary psychoanalytic practice.

Part of the 2-video series: The Otto Kernberg Series
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The Therapeutic Relationship, Individualized Treatment and Other Keys to Successful Psychotherapy
by John C. Norcross
In this compelling interview with one of the most prominent psychotherapy researchers of our time, Dr. John Norcross presents the results from fourteen meta-analyses that reveal the secrets to successful therapy.
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Emotionally Focused Therapy in Action
by Sue Johnson
Dr. Sue Johnson has been hailed as “the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years.” Now you’ll have the chance to watch her conduct an actual session with a challenging couple haunted by the “echoes of war.” 
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Erving Polster on Gestalt Therapy
by Erving Polster
In this in-depth interview, you’ll get to know Polster’s unique take on Gestalt therapy, and see for yourself how he boldly elevates ordinary conversations into life-affirming encounters. 
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Child Therapy Case Consultation
by Violet Oaklander
In this live consultation, you will get a tangible sense of how Violet Oaklander works with a variety of children, while gaining practical skills to bring back to your own clients immediately.
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Exposure Therapy for Phobias
by Reid Wilson
In these live sessions with a real patient, Reid Wilson demonstrates Exposure Therapy in action, offering a frame of reference that clinicians can begin to apply immediately.


Part of the 6-video series: Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
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Cognitive Therapy for Obsessions
by Reid Wilson
In these live sessions with a patient suffering from obsessive thinking, Reid Wilson demonstrates tools and techniques of cognitive therapy that clinicians can begin to apply immediately.

Part of the 6-video series: Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
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Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders (6-Video Series)
by Reid Wilson
In these lively sessions with real clients, anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson, PhD, demonstrates the core concepts underlying his paradoxical approach to treating anxiety disorders.


Clinical Interviewing: Intake, Assessment & Therapeutic Alliance
by John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD & Rita Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
How do you do an assessment, collect historical data, develop a treatment plan and create a warm working alliance with clients all in the first session? Learn from experts John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan how to quickly create the foundation for a successful therapy and engage clients collaboratively in the treatment process.
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Evidence-Based Treatment Planning: 12-Video Series
by Timothy Bruce, Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Whether you’re seeing clients with eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, depression or anger control problems, having a clear, well-developed case formulation can sustain your clinical efforts and maximize chances for a successful outcome. Learn the essentials of evidence-based treatment planning in this video series with Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma, who provide key definitions, clinical demonstrations, and expert commentary for a wide range of challenging conditions.


Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts
by Reid Wilson
Reid Wilson captivates in this dynamic presentation of his distinctive approach to treating anxiety disorders. You’ll reconsider your own strategies as you consider his paradoxical spin on the nature of anxiety and see his powerful methods in action.

Part of the 6-video series: Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
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CBT for Personality Disorders
by Arthur Freeman
In this final installment of our comprehensive Three Approaches to Personality Disorders video series, watch renowned CBT expert Art Freeman assess cognitive schemas and set concrete therapeutic goals for Alfred, a challenging client who demonstrates significant Axis II issues and suicidal inclinations after being left by his girlfriend.

Part of the 3-video series: 3 Approaches to Personality Disorders
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Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Treatment Planning
by Timothy Bruce, Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Watch as Drs. Timothy Bruce and Art Jongsma introduce the concepts described in-depth in our Evidence-Based Treatment Planning video series. Covering depression, social anxiety, eating disorders and more, this comprehensive series provides you with all the essentials for successful, empirically grounded treatment plans.
Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning


Integrating Mindfulness into Counseling and Psychotherapy
by Ronald D. Siegel
What is “mindfulness” and how can we actually use it with our clients? Understand the principles of mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy and its application for a range of clinical issues in this new video with mindfulness expert Dr. Ronald D. Siegel.
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Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictions (2-video set)
This new video set will give you an excellent foundation for mindfulness-based therapy—particularly with clients in recovery. Here, mindfulness experts Dr. Sarah Bowen and Devin Ashwood offer a rich overview and a live group process demonstration using tools from Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP).
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Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness
by Molyn Leszcz, Clare Pain and Jon Hunter
Regardless of orientation, there are several core therapeutic elements that underscore any successful treatment. Discover what they are—and how to leverage them—in this new video, complete with lectures and clinical vignettes.

Part of the 6-video series: Psychotherapy Essentials to Go
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Transactional Analysis
by Mary Goulding
Watch Mary Goulding demonstrate Transactional Analysis in a live therapy session. By watching how quickly she brings her client to real depth work you'll understand why she was widely regarded as a true master therapist.

Part of the 15-video series: Psychotherapy with the Experts
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Confronting Death and Other Existential Issues in Psychotherapy
by Irvin Yalom
Here’s a chance to have a front row seat as Dr. Irvin Yalom talks to a packed room of therapists about a topic rarely discussed in our field: death. Sharing ideas from his most recent book, Staring at the Sun Yalom shows us how to confront death in order to invigorate and enhance our own lives and the lives of our patients.
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Emotionally Focused Therapy Step by Step (4-video series)
by Rebecca Jorgensen
If you want to learn to be more effective in the challenging art of treating couples, this highly acclaimed series is just what you've been looking for;  consider it your own personal master class in EFT.




Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy
by James Bugental
Watch legendary psychotherapist James Bugental masterfully demonstrate Existential Therapy in an actual therapy session in this 3-part video.

Part of the 15-video series: Psychotherapy with the Experts
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Group Therapy for Addictions: An Interpersonal Relapse Prevention Approach
by Devin Ashwood & Tim Leighton
Group therapy is a powerful and widely used modality in recovery programs, but too often group leaders lack a coherent and effective clinical framework. This video program will show you how to harness the interpersonal power of groups to work successfully with clients struggling with addictions.
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Harnessing the Power of Genograms in Psychotherapy
by Monica McGoldrick
Watch master family therapist  Monica McGoldrick, MSW, create a genogram on the spot in this live session with a client struggling to understand why he is distancing from his pregnant wife.
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"When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better": A New Mantra for Psychotherapists
by Barry Duncan, PhD and Scott Miller, PhD
Barry Duncan and Scott Miller provide a comprehensive summary of the Outcome-Informed, Client-Directed approach and a detailed, practical overview of its application in clinical practice.
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Therapeutic Alliance, Focus, and Formulation: Thinking Beyond the Traditional Therapy Orientations
by Robert-Jay Green
The main elements of successful therapy include a positive therapeutic alliance, a clear focus, a coherent problem formulation, and improvised techniques—not a particular theoretical orientation.
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When a Patient Dies . . . Should the Therapist Attend the Funeral?
by Richard P. Halgin
Richard Halgin shares the story of a long-term client's unexpected death, and how he managed his professional boundaries around this tragic event.


Self-Help Snake Oil and Self-Improvement Urban Legends
by Steven Kraus
A psychologist's skeptical look at the science (or lack thereof) behind much of the self-help industry,
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Supershrinks: What is the secret of their success?
by Barry Duncan, PhD and Scott Miller, PhD
Clients of the best therapists improve at a rate at least 50-percent higher and drop out at a rate at least 50-percent lower than those of average clinicians. What is the key to superior performance?
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Resistant Clients: We've All Had Them; Here's How to Help Them!
by Clifton Mitchell
Encountering resistance is likely evidence that therapy is taking place. In fact, successful psychotherapy is highly related to increases in resistance, and low resistance corresponds with negative outcomes.
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Work Is Life: A Psychologist Looks at Identity and Work in America
by Ilene Philipson
In a discussion of the growing problem of work-life balance in American culture, Dr. Philipson shares the stories of clients whose overidentification with work ended in disaster.


Clinical Wisdom: A Psychoanalyst Learns from his Mistakes
by Herbert Rabin
Dr. Rabin shares lessons culled from 40 years of psychotherapy teaching and practice.
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The Man with the Beautiful Voice
by Lillian B. Rubin
Lillian Rubin's moving account of her challenging psychotherapy with a man struggling with his disability. Reprinted from the book of the same title.
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Tyranny of Niceness: A Psychotherapeutic Challenge
by Evelyn Sommers
Dr. Sommers discusses the prevalent problem of cultural silencing called "niceness," and offers case studies and advice for addressing associated client issues of anxiety and helplessness.
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When the Therapist Leaves: A Personal Account of an Unusual Termination
by Amy Urdang
A psychotherapist explores client-therapist boundaries and termination issues in a particularly intensive course of therapy.
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The Gift of Therapy
by Irvin Yalom
Existential psychotherapist Irv Yalom offers insights into the therapist's role as an obstacle remover and fellow traveler. Excerpted from his book The Gift of Therapy. Signed copy of book available.


What Do We Believe and Whom Do We Trust?
by Jeffrey Kottler
We all know that clients may withhold critical information, but what do we do when they deliberately lie? Jeffrey Kottler explores this in an excerpt from his latest book, The Assassin and the Therapist: An Exploration of Truth in Psychotherapy and in Life.
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The Psychiatric Repression of Thomas Szasz: Its Social and Political Significance
by Ron Leifer
Psychiatrist Ron Leifer gives a compelling account of the historical context of Thomas Szasz's career as the leading critic of the medical model of psychiatry, along with its implications for the profession of psychiatry and for free thought and speech in the United States.
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How Therapists Fail: Why Too Many Clients Drop Out of Therapy Prematurely
by Bernard Schwartz, PhD and John Flowers, PhD
If we could learn from all of our less-than-optimal therapy outcomes, we'd really acquire some true clinical wisdom.  Here are some practical tips to increase your odds of success.
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It's Over Now: Termination and Countertransference
by Melissa Groman
A therapist explores the complex feelings that arise when a client terminates abruptly.
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Trusting the Client as the Agent of Change
by Tracy A. Knight
Reflections on the client's capacity for change, including a case study of a successful single-session therapeutic intervention.


Working in the Here-and-Now of the Therapeutic Relationship
by Nancy Gunzberg
Working in the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship requires therapists to be fully engaged, and take risks in revealing themselves. But utilizing the transference and counter-transference makes for rewarding and powerful therapy.
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Sleep and the Therapist: A Poem
by Esther W. Wright-Wilson
A therapist poetically chronicles an underreported occupational hazard.


Grief and Gratitude: Working with Stroke Survivors
by Carol Howard Wooton, MFT & Gwyn Fallbrooke
After suffering from a stroke herself, a therapist recounts her journey from patient to professional, culminating in her leading  groups for other stroke survivors.
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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel van der Kolk
Read an excerpt from the highly acclaimed new book by world renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, MD.


When the Therapist Loves and Hates
by Chris Peterson
Psychotherapist Chris Peterson makes a strong case for welcoming all of our intense feelings-—both loving and hateful—into the therapy process with clients to deepen the therapy relationship and its healing potential.


Bad Therapy: What You Didn't Learn in Grad School
by Deb Kory
Psychologist and Psychotherapy.net content manager Deb Kory pulls no punches in critiquing what is missing from our training programs, and calls for more authenticity, humor and humility in the ways we teach and learn to practice therapy.


Psychotherapy and the Care of Souls
by Thomas Moore
Famed Care of the Soul author, Thomas Moore, offers insights into what makes a good therapist. Hint: You can't learn it from a manual.


The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
by Gary Greenberg
In this excerpt from his best-selling exposé, The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg pulls back the curtain on the DSM's surprising evolution and deconstructs the very notion of "diagnosing" our clients.


What Remains: The Aftermath of Patient Suicide
by Margaret Clausen
Psychologist Margaret Clausen shares poignantly about the loss of her client to suicide,  the steps she took to heal her grief, and the isolation and shame that many clinicians needlessly suffer in the wake of client suicide.
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Larry Beutler on Science and Psychotherapy
Larry Beutler discusses how to incorporate scientific findings into psychotherapy practice and teaching, and what horse training has to do with any of this.
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Nick Cummings on the Past and Future of Psychotherapy
The founder of the first professional school of psychology, visionary, and gadfly Nick Cummings reflects on the history and predicts the future of psychotherapy.
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Thomas Szasz on Freedom and Psychotherapy
The foremost psychiatric critic of our times, Thomas Szasz, engages in an in-depth dialogue of his life's work including freedom and liberty, the myth of mental illness, drug laws, the fragile state of psychotherapy, and his passion for humanistic values and social justice.
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Mardi Horowitz on Psychotherapy Research and Happiness
Mardi Horowitz discusses his research on psychotherapy for stress and trauma, his recent book on happiness, and what therapists can teach their clients about attaining it.
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Owen Renik on Practical Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Renegade psychoanalyst Owen Renegade argues that psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy can and must be practical.
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George Silberschatz on Psychotherapy Research and Its Discontents
Clinician and researcher George Silberschatz, PhD, discusses both the benefits and limitations of psychotherapy research, as well as its misuse by therapists marketing their services.
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Scott Miller on Why Most Therapists Are Just Average (and How We Can Improve)
Scott Miller, expert researcher on what makes a good therapist, breaks down the difference between the masters and the rest of us.
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Francine Shapiro on the Evolution of EMDR Therapy
EMDR therapy originator Francine Shapiro describes the components of the psychotherapy and the latest research supporting its efficacy for a wide range of mental health issues.
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Gary Greenberg on the DSM and Its Woes
Psychotherapist and muckraking author, Gary Greenberg, shares the critical insights—and skepticism—that formed the basis of his two best-selling books, Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease and The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.
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Ronald Siegel on Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy
Mindfulness expert and psychotherapist, Ronald D. Siegel, shares his insights about how—and when—to integrate mindfulness practices into psychotherapy.
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Brian McNeill on the Art of Supervision
Psychologist and supervision expert Brian McNeill explains his developmental approach to supervision, the challenges that all therapists face while learning their craft, and what supervisors can and must do to support beginning therapists in navigating these challenges.
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Louis Cozolino on the Integration of Neuroscience into Psychotherapy—and its Limitations
Psychologist and neuroscience researcher Louis Cozolino describes the many twists, turns and theoretical orientations he's traversed in his over four decades in the field, the need for psychotherapists to be less passive, and the applications of neuroscience to psychotherapy both now and in the future.
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Bruce Wampold on What Actually Makes Us Good Therapists
Expert clinician and researcher Bruce Wampold talks about his "contextual model" of psychotherapy which, rooted in the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific research, incorporates the most effective elements across all therapy modalities.
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