Working in the Here and Now: Deepening Therapeutic Encounters Part 3
by Victor Yalom

Webinar Series: Deepening Your Therapy Skills

In this third and final session with Heather, Victor Yalom continues to work in the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship to help her access and explore deep emotions which relate to her therapeutic goals. As you'll see, focusing on what’s happening in real time in the therapist-client relationship requires courage and vulnerability from both therapist and client.
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It is common knowledge that the therapeutic relationship is key, but how to use the strength of that relationship to elicit powerful feelings and help clients learn in real time about their interpersonal struggles is another matter entirely. Clinicians who are confident, skilled, and bold enough to use the intimacy and immediacy of the ‘here-and-now' technique can help launch clients on their journeys of self-awareness and self-acceptance, and spark the skills and strength needed for growth. By showing and then discussing compelling excerpts of this final session, Yalom continues to teach us how to bring our full selves into therapy so clients can begin to do the same.

With more than three decades providing therapy, learning directly from the masters, and creating clinical training videos, Yalom is in an ideal position to teach us the difference between talking about feelings and fully experiencing them. Exploring the feelings clients have toward their therapist goes against the default that therapists tend to operate in, of maintaining “professional boundaries” or keeping a “neutral” stance. Instead, Yalom takes risks to bring his full self into his work, modeling and supporting the client to do the same, opening up a channel for the client to feel their feelings in real time. 

In building upon and then deepening his here-and-now work with Heather, he creates a space where she can be vulnerable, yet safe. He demonstrates how to use emotional presence, modeling, role-play, and gentle coaching to move Heather more fully inward and outward. By joining them on this journey, you will gain confidence in using the therapeutic relationship to both support and challenge your own clients to take meaningful risks in the service of growth.

If you found Yalom’s first two sessions with Heather compelling and felt empowered to incorporate here-and-now techniques into your own work, 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 creating and reinforcing the most important component 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: 1:29:01

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-715-X

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-715-5

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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