Confronting Death and Other Existential Issues in Psychotherapy
by Irvin Yalom
Here’s a chance to have a front row seat as Dr. Irvin Yalom talks to a packed room of therapists about a topic rarely discussed in our field: death. Sharing ideas from his most recent book, Staring at the Sun Yalom shows us how to confront death in order to invigorate and enhance our own lives and the lives of our patients.
Weaving together fascinating tales from his own clinical practice with wisdom from the great philosophers, Yalom illuminates the existential perspective and how it can be skillfully utilized to enliven the psychotherapeutic encounter. Starting with the premise that “therapy is a synergy of powerful ideas and a powerful, intimate connection” he shares those ideas that he has found most useful in his life and work, as well as ways to leverage the therapeutic relationship for maximum growth.
If you want to take your clinical work to a deeper level and help your patients come to terms with the ultimate concerns of human existence, there’s no better guide in navigating this terrain than Irvin Yalom.

What therapists are saying…

"Wow! In this video, Irvin Yalom shows how amazing he still is, and has always been. Yalom discusses psychotherapy through existential spectacles, and invites you to realize how your clients, along with all of us, have to face issues about death. While I liked Yalom 30 years ago, this video made me feel so positive toward him today, that I watched this video three times. It felt as if I was talking to an old friend who spoke truth with insight, awareness, and factual knowledge....I loved this video and feel affirmed as well as encouraged because of it"

-- John D. Lentz, D. Min., Reviewed in The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
"This video provides a wonderful, brief introduction to Yalom’s contributions to those unfamiliar with Yalom and existential psychology...Yalom has become one of the most influential voices on death in the contemporary mental health field. Confronting Death and Other Existential Issues in Psychotherapy provides yet another important resource for clinicians and, in particular, those who are training future clinicians."

-- Louis Hoffman, PhD & Heather McQueen, PhD, reviewed in APA PsycCRITIQUES
In Depth
By watching this video, you will:
  • Learn how to recognize the presence of death anxiety in your patients, and learn techniques to not only alleviate their excessive anxiety, but to truly enhance their lives.
  • Understand how to apply an existential perspective to any psychotherapy approach.
  • Identify ways to utilize the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship to help clients gain a deeper understanding of their interpersonal world.

Length of video: 1:31:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-251-4

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-252-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-252-5

Psychiatrist 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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