Working in the Here and Now: Deepening Therapeutic Encounters Part 2
by Victor Yalom

Webinar Series: Deepening Your Therapy Skills

Therapists can easily fall back on intellectual discussions, abstractions, and analyzing thoughts with anxious or depressed clients, when the real struggle is connecting with their feelings and, in turn, with others. Learn to harness the therapeutic power of the here-and-now to free clients who are walled off from themselves and others so you can help them begin to live authentic, connected lives.  
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Clients learn early on to protect themselves from painful experiences and vulnerable feelings, resulting in isolation, despair, and a sense of hopelessness. Clinicians who are confident, ready, and willing to use the “here-and-now” can offer themselves and the therapeutic relationship as a safe training ground to help clients navigate their intra- and interpersonal relationships. Using, and then discussing video clips from his second session with Heather, a lonely single mom, Yalom guides you through the challenging intimacies of therapy so that you can help your own clients fully experience their emotions and build meaningful and gratifying relationships.

With more than three decades of providing therapy, learning directly from the masters, and creating clinical training videos, Yalom knows firsthand the challenges and importance of moving beyond simply talking with clients about their problems. In continuing his work with Heather, he masterfully weaves together radical presence, humor, therapeutic metaphor, and emotional feedback with Heather. By sitting alongside them, you will feel confident harnessing the here-and-now to connect more deeply with your own clients. You will also learn how to take risks in therapy that might at first feel threatening — such as when he asks Heather “How do you feel towards me?” — so that you can enhance your therapeutic outcome and your clients’ personal and interpersonal well-being.

If you found the first session with Heather compelling and felt empowered to try some of those here-and-now techniques, then grab a front row seat, and continue your journey of growth, right here, right now! Webinar Series Deepening Your Therapy Skills

Develop tools for building and strengthening the single most important factor in improving client outcomes - the therapeutic relationship. This webinar series focuses on interventions and clinical skills you can use to improve client outcomes regardless of approach or therapeutic issues. Through case consultations, clinical sessions. and demonstrations you'll learn...

  • Interventions for moving stuck clients forward
  • Techniques for maintaining rapport while challenging clients to dig deeper
  • In-session exercises for building connections and heightening awareness
  • Tips for honing your therapeutic presence

Available only to our members and subscribers. Find out how to access this video for individual use, for more than one person using multiple-user access, or for use in academic institutions.


Length of video: 1:28:12

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-692-7

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-692-9

Victor Yalom, PhD is the founder and resident cartoonist of He maintained a busy private practice in San Francisco for over 25 years, but now sees only a few clients, devoting the bulk of his time to creating new training videos for He has produced over 100 videos, conducted workshops in existential-humanistic and group therapy in the US, Mexico, and China, and currently leads consultation groups for therapists.  More info on Victor and his artwork and sculpture at

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