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Irvin Yalom in Session: Luke

by Irvin Yalom
In two engaging sessions with Luke, a 39-year-old husband and father grappling with whether to have a vasectomy, Yalom brings to life the subterranean longings symbolized by this existential crossroad, and helps Luke “surrender to life.”

Part of the 4-video series: Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy


    Irvin Yalom in Session: Luke
    Luke comes to therapy with a seemingly straightforward dilemma: Should he have a vasectomy or not? A father of two, happily married with a secure job, he can’t quite figure out why he’s having so much trouble going through with the procedure. It’s not long before he and Yalom dive deep below the surface question to the dreams, fantasies and “other lives” that are speaking to Luke in both conscious and unconscious ways. Yalom weaves together disparate pieces of Luke’s life to call him to a deeper reckoning with his choices, illustrating how an existential perspective can aid us in exploring the types of human struggles we encounter daily in our offices.

    See what true authenticity and honesty looks like in therapy, learn how to enliven and deepen the relationship with “here-and-now” interventions, and see one of the world’s most-loved psychotherapists doing what he does best. If you’ve enjoyed and been enriched by Yalom’s diverse writings on therapy, you’ll not want to miss this opportunity to see this master in action, with over 60 years of clinical wisdom on display.

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    "Yalom builds upon his legacy by allowing the viewer a window into his work. Yalom accomplishes on camera what he has done with his writing for so many years – bringing to life the theory of existentialism. These videos would be helpful to any professor teaching counseling theories or counseling skills or anyone wanting to understand what existentialism looks like in practice."
    --Cindy L. Anderton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Counselor Education, University of Wisconsin

    "As a counselor educator I am always looking for video demonstration that give my students examples of what theory into practice really looks like. These videos provide great examples of self-disclosure and the use of here-and-now principles in session. I also appreciate the ease in the way Dr. Yalom integrates existential theory into his sessions."
    --Tiffany P. Brooks, PhD, 
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    Length of video: 1:01:57
    Number of Discs: 1
    English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
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    Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-539-4
    Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-539-7
    Irvin YalomPsychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom, MD has been a major figure in the field of psychotherapy since he first wrote The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy in 1970 (now in it's 5th edition). Other significant contributions have included Existential Psychotherapy, and NY Times Bestseller Loves Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. He has written four novels on psychotherapy: When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, and The Spinoza Problem.  His works, translated into over 20 languages, have been widely read by therapists and non-therapists alike. Visit Dr. Yalom's website.


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    CE credits: 1
    Learning objectives:

    • Learn how stage-of-life issues can be contextualized within an existential psychotherapy frame.
    • Describe the therapeutic benefits of therapist self-disclosure.
    • Illustrate how metaphor and conditional-tense questions can be used to elicit more authentic expression from clients.