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The Gift of Therapy: A Conversation with Irvin Yalom, MD

by Irvin Yalom
Dr. Yalom discusses the central themes of his life's work as a psychotherapist and writer.

The Gift of Therapy: A Conversation with Irvin Yalom, MD
The Gift of Therapy: A Conversation with Irvin Yalom, MD, the video, coincides with the publication of his book, The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients. In this hour-long interview by Randall Wyatt, PhD of, renowned psychiatrist and author Dr. Yalom. discusses the central themes of his life's work as a psychotherapist and writer. He addresses such core concepts as existential psychotherapy, therapists’ fears of self-disclosure, working in the here-and-now, group psychotherapy, and challenges for the next generation of therapists. He elucidates these topics as always with engaging stories from his work with patients, and his own life. This video will be quite valuable for teaching purposes and personal learning for both therapists, as well as anyone interested in the process of human growth and self-understanding.
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"A powerful exposition of Yalom's insights into existential therapy; he shares gifts gleaned from many years at the forefront of doing and teaching therapy. It was exceptionally engaging, offered penetrating insights, as well as a live glimpse inside the thoughts and feelings of a preeminent thinker, and profound contributor to the field of psychotherapy. This video was outstanding to present to class where one was able to pause and invite discussion and reflection."
-- Tom Mabee, Ph.D. Adjunct Graduate Psychology Faculty Nova Southeastern University, Florida

"The Gift of Therapy DVD put words into action. No matter how much you enjoy reading a favorite author's works there is no greater way to see their true self then to watch them in person. Nothing can compare to seeing the sincerity and genuineness come alive. I was delighted to see that all the profound and enticing information I read over the last few years turned out to be a true portrait of who he is. To that end, for me the DVD was the 'icing on the cake' and that was a gift in itself!"
-- Maureen McCullough, Vancouver, Canada

"The Gift of Therapy: a Conversation with Irvin Yalom should be on all university library shelves."
-- Reviewed by Tony Verner in Psychotherapy in Australia
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Yalom masterfully addresses the core issues facing therapists:

• Working in the Here-and-Now
• Therapist Self-Disclosure
• Keeping Therapy Alive in the Era of Managed Care
• Avoiding Burnout by Staying Curious
• Existential and Group Psychotherapy
• The Therapist Role and Fellow Travelers
• Challenges and Tips for the Next Generation of Therapists

He elucidates these topics as always with engaging stories from his work with patients, and his own personal life experiences. This video will be valuable for personal and professional learning for therapists and students, patients, and anyone interested in the process of human growth and self-understanding.
Length of video: 1:00:00
Number of Discs: 1
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-034-1
Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-034-7
Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-035-X
Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-035-4
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: 2
Learning objectives:

  • Broaden awareness of working in the here-and-now.
  • Consider the complexities of therapist self-disclosure.
  • Increase knowledge of existential and group psychotherapy.
  • Deepen understanding of the challenges facing the next generation of therapists.