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. 
Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy in Action shows this legendary clinician and teacher conducting two actual psychotherapy sessions with the same client. Witness Bugental put into practice the concepts he has written about in numerous classic texts and over 100 journal articles and chapters:

• Facilitating client and therapist presence
• Working with resistance (to fuller living, not just to therapy)
• Balancing confrontation with support
• Reinforcing client subjectivity as fertile ground for true depth work
• Guiding clients into the search process

Each session is followed by a thoughtful group discussion with Dr. Bugental; further insight is added when the client shares her reflections. The depth and sensitivity of Dr. Bugental's approach are such that you'll want to study them again and again — they are the perfect training videos for beginning and experienced therapists alike.

What therapists are saying…

"A wholesome lesson in the curative powers of courtesy mixed with extraordinary talent."

-- Mary Goulding, M.S.W. - Co-Director, Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy
"Want to witness a care-full crafting of encounter into soul? Study Jim Bugental's work on these videos and learn from one of psychotherapy's most renowned clinicians and theorists."

 -- Jeffrey Zeig, PhD - Director, The Milton H. Erikson Institute
"I would recommend that every counsellor chase up an opportunity to watch a video of Bugental in action. To see such a great therapist in interaction with a client, and to witness such an evolved human being expressing to colleagues the way he thinks about his work with clients is a humbling and inspiring experience."

-- Tony Verner, reviewed in Psychotherapy in Australia
"These videos offer a precious glimpse of Jim Bugental as a master of authentic presence and compassionate wisdom in the practice of existential/humanistic psychotherapy. I use them regularly in my teaching of psychotherapists, and I offer my strong recommendation."

 -- Michael J Mahoney, PhD - Professor, University of North Texas; Author, Human Change Processes
"Bugental is a master. I have learned a great deal from his books so it was great to see him at work. Thanks for putting the video out."

-- Tom Breitenbucher - PhD, Psychologist St. Paul, Minnesota
"I watched Dr. Bugental in action and I have shared this with my professor and the class. The video has been a great help--I have already put it on my exclusive VIP list of great learning tools. Please keep in touch with all the new products."

 -- Grethel Parkins - Graduate Student, Bowie State University, Maryland
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You may be interested to know that this video was the beginning of psychotherapy.net! Victor Yalom, the founder, had the privilege of studying with Dr. Bugental for 10 years.  He recognized his work as that of a true master, and felt it needed to be recorded on video, especially as Bugental was 80 years old at the time of the filming (unfortunately he suffered a stroke soon thereafter, and died several years later). We are pleased that we successfully captured his brilliance and are able to offer it to the therapeutic community.  Given the newfound interest in mindfulness, it is worth noting that Bugental had been advocating and instructing in the importance of therapist and client presence for several decades. After this video was completed, one thing led to another, and psychotherapy.net was born.  And the rest is history!

By watching this video, you will be able to:
  • Increase understanding of facilitating client and therapist presence.
  • Increase understanding of working with resistance (to fuller living, not just to therapy).
  • Increase understanding of balancing confrontation with support.
  • Increase understanding of reinforcing client subjectivity as fertile ground for true depth work.
  • Increase awareness of the developmental influences and primary theoretical constructs of Existential/Humanistic psychotherapy.
  • Increase understanding of the primary Existential/Humanistic therapeutic tools and interventions.

Length of video: 2:24:00

Number of Discs: 2

English subtitles available on: Stream

This DVD plays in All Regions

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-010-4

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-010-1

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-011-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-011-8

James F.T. Bugental, PhD (1915-2008) was a leading spokesman for existential-humanistic psychotherapy since the publication of his ground-breaking book The Search for Authenticity. He followed with classics such as Psychotherapy and Process, The Art of the Psychotherapist, and Psychotherapy Isn't What You Think. Recipient of numerous awards, and influential trainer to thousands of psychotherapists, he truly made a substantial and enduring contribution to the field of psychology.

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CE credits: 5

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of facilitating client and therapist presence.
  • Increase understanding of working with resistance (to fuller living, not just to therapy).
  • Increase understanding of balancing confrontation with support.
  • Increase understanding of reinforcing client subjectivity as fertile ground for true depth work.
  • Increase awareness of the developmental influences and primary theoretical constructs of Existential/Humanistic psychotherapy.• Increase understanding of the primary Existential/Humanistic therapeutic tools and interventions.
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