Welcome to my new website. I appreciate your visit. Here you will find resources for clinicians and the general public alike, including:
- Dates, titles and locations for upcoming lectures and workshops
- How to obtain unlimited free psychotherapy training from me and my colleagues in Northern California
- Blogs and tips on how to boost your therapy skills
- My recent video interview with Dr. Rich Simon on new developments in the treatment of anxiety (free and available right now)
- My recent keynote address on The Motivation Revolution from the Psychotherapy Networker annual conference (free and available right now)
- Extensive psychotherapy tools, including the Therapist’s Toolkit and the newly upgraded Easy Diagnostic System for DSM-5
- How to obtain my T.E.A.M. Therapy interactive psychotherapy eBook (Tools, Not Schools, of Therapy)
- Information about new developments in psychotherapy
- Links for the purchase of audio or video recordings of previous workshops, as well as interactive training videos
- Information on how to obtain mentoring, training, treatment, or consultation from one of the therapists at the new Feeling Good Institute
- Information on the new T.E.A.M. Therapy Certification Program
For patients as well as the general public
- Descriptions of books I’ve written on how to boost self-esteem, defeat anxiety, and develop more loving and satisfying relationships
- Blogs on Secrets of Self-Esteem and other mood and relationship topics
- How to find therapists trained in the latest T.E.A.M. treatment methods
- Information on how to arrange intensive treatment at the new Feeling Good Institute in Mt. View, California
- Q & A related to mental health issues
- Interesting (and controversial) links to information about recent developments in psychiatry and psychology
Feeling Good Institute: Treatment and Training
To find therapists trained in Dr. Burns’ new T.E.A.M. Therapy, visit the website for the Feeling Good Institute (FGI.) The institute is located near El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, and offers individual therapy as well as Intensives for individuals who do not live in this area. To watch a brief video describing the treatment programs at the FGI, click here.
The Feeling Good Institute also offers training programs for mental health professionals, along with a certification program in T.E.A.M. Therapy. To learn more about TEAM Therapy and how it has evolved from CBT, click here. To learn more about the training and certification programs, contact Angela Krumm, PhD at the Feeling Good Institute. To watch a brief video describing the training programs at the FGI, click here.
Unlimited Free Training by Dr. Burns and his colleagues
To learn more about free T.E.A.M. Therapy training programs for students and community therapists directed by Dr. Burns and May at the Stanford Medical School, plus other in-person and online psychotherapy training programs in the Bay Area and nationwide, click here.
David’s Recent TV Interview
A few of you asked for this link to my TV interview with Dr. Foojan Zeine recently (May 2015). She broadcasts to an international audience of Iranian folks primarily.
I hope you enjoy the show. Dr. Zeine does a terrific job, and gave me a chance to preent an overview of the newly developed T.E.A.M. therapy approach.
David’s Even More Recent TV Interview
On October 23rd, I taped a 30-minute TV show along with a colleague in our training program, Dr. Karen Radella, for the TV show, Lifestyle Magazine. The show originates out of Los Angeles and is shown nation-wide.
Dr. Radella and I describe the new, ultra-rapid T.E.A.M. therapy for depression. The show will be in editing for some time, and I will post an update and a link when the show is ready for syndication.
The staff and hosts were extremely friendly, and I was grateful to have had this opportunity to get our message out to the general public. We want more people to learn about T.E.A.M., and the significant breakthrough in treatment that is now possible. In the show, we describe the treatment of a woman struggling with nine years of intense sadness, guilt, anxiety and anger following a horrible trauma involving her daughter. She courageously agreed to volunteer as the “patient” for a live demonstration of T.E.A.M. during my recent San Francisco intensive this summer at the South San Francisco Conference Center. All of her symptoms vanished in just a single session and she has maintained that phenomenal change ever since. My co-therapist for the session was Dr. Jill Levitt, who is a co-leader at my free weekly psychotherapy training group at Stanford.
Although such rapid improvement is obviously not always possible, I am seeing this quite often, and many of my colleagues are reporting similar results. Ten years ago I would have thought that such rapid and dramatic recovery from depression was impossible, but it seems clear that we are on the verge of a tremendously promising and exciting new approach to treatment.
The therapy involves the integration of innovative motivational techniques to quickly melt away what therapists call “resistance,” followed by powerful cognitive techniques to smash the negative thoughts that trigger depression, such as “I’m a bad mother,” or “It was my fault,” or “I shouldn’t have done X, Y, or Z.” Although the details of suffering always differ from person to person, the underlying dynamic of self-blame and distorted thinking is pretty universal. And there are very few of us who do not fall into the black holes of self-doubt and despair from time to time.
David Burns, MD
Blame is the main theme of my book, Feeling Good Together. Dr. Jill Levitt is a dear colleague who helps teach my weekly psychotherapy training group at Stanford. Jill recently sent this brief, humorous blame-link to our training group. People seemed to enjoy it a lot, so I’m sharing it with you here.
Hope you enjoy it!
David’s TED Talk
Here is a link to my Ted talk last summer in Reno, in case you are interested. I present the basic concepts of cognitive therapy. I have made many major innovations and changes in they way I do therapy since I first learned and helped to develop cognitive therapy in the 1970s, when it was still new and relatively unknown. However, the basic concepts of cognitive therapy are still revolutionary and extremely useful for individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.
In the talk, I describe not only how these concepts have helped my patients, but also how they helped me as well during a personal crisis when my son was born. I hope you enjoy my TED talk!
Dear website visitor,
Many of you are aware that many depressed and anxious individuals have been helped by reading my books. Although a book is not a cure-all for everybody, research studies indicate that 2/3rds of patients suffering from moderate to severe depression will improve substantially or recover completely within four weeks of receiving my book, Feeling Good, even without any professional treatment. In fact, Feeling Good alone can be as effective as a course of psychotherapy and / or antidepressant medications. Even more encouraging are long-term follow-up studies that indicate the improvement after reading Feeling Good seems to stick. Here is just one of a large number of research studies that have confirmed these findings:
Smith, N. M., Floyd, M. R., Jamison, C., and Scogin, F. (1997). Three-year follow-up of bibliotherapy for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65(2), 324 – 327.
I have always been convinced that I could create software that would be even more effective than my books—but I’ve never had the programming skills to transform my vision into a reality. Now I have the extreme good fortune to try to make my dream of more than 35 years come true. I am working with a brilliant young programmer, Jeremy Karmel, to create a series of electronic Feeling Good tools for the general public and therapists alike. I believe that these tools could be extremely helpful for individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and relationship problems
These tools will feature powerful and highly innovative, interactive techniques. For some kinds of problems, I am convinced these tools will be able to surpass human therapists as well as medication treatment. The research implications are staggering as well, to say nothing of the chance to help tens of millions of individuals in the United States and worldwide who do not have access to effective treatment, as well as millions more who have not been helped very much, if at all, by current treatments with psychotherapy or pills.
Jeremy and I are working hard and moving rapidly, with great excitement and creativity, and are benefitting from the support of many brilliant colleagues and students who attend my weekly training groups at Stanford and at the new Feeling Good Institute in Mt. View, California. But it’s a huge job and we need some help. In particular, we are looking for talented programmers and designers. If you are curious about what skills in particular we are looking for, click here.
Right now, it’s just Jeremy and me working together running on lots of adrenalin and inspiration. We’ve mapped out many mind-blowing applications that we believe will be the most effective self-help tools ever developed, and we’re starting to build them. But we are acutely aware that to make the tools truly great, we’ll need to build a great team, and we’re hoping you might want to become a member of our team. We are also hoping to raise funds soon so we can start hiring.
If you are not a developer or designer, but think you might have an interest in using or beta testing these tools as they become available, stay posted. We’ll make announcements on this website as early versions of various tools become available.
David and Jeremy
Who are You?
I’d love to find out whether you are a therapist, a patient, or simply someone interested in Feeling Good as well as mental health issues. Take this brief survey to let me know! Thanks. You’ll also be able to view the results and find out who else is visiting this website.
Another Poll for You
Here’s a controversial poll you might find interesting. Lots of people have been in therapy for years with no results. Does it have to be that way? I’ll comment on the results later. Feel free to add your comments below!
To learn more about this, read my latest blog on new, high-speed treatments for depression. Click here.