David has a new blog showing how TEAM-CBT works, and addressing the question “Can Depression Really Be Treated in a Single, Two-Hour Therapy Session?” The blog was based on an interview with Lisa Kelley, a certified TEAM-CBT therapist and former journalist from Littleton, Colorado.
And while we’re on this topic, this is a heart-warming note from Lisa Kelley that you might enjoy!
I FELL IN LOVE WITH DAVID BURNS AT THE PARK HILL LIBRARY
“Just one look. That’s all it took,” as the song goes. And I fell head over heels in love with Dr. David Burns at the Park Hill Library in Denver. It’s been 25 years, and I’m still as passionate as the day we met.
Nine months pregnant, hot, exhausted and depressed, I waddled into the 1920 Spanish Renaissance branch of the Denver Public Library with what felt like a Butterball turkey strapped to my waist. My two preschool daughters each took a hand and we trudged into the blessedly air-conditioned library for story time.
Perchance, I glanced to my left and saw the blue words “Feeling Good” on a yellow book beckoning me to come hither. Without hesitation, I breathlessly said, “Yes, yes.! I want to feel good!” And then he swept me away with words of hope, encouragement and the belief I was good enough. I was worthy. And my life was worth living.
That was 25 years ago, and my passion for the work of Stanford Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus David Burns, MD is as ardent as that moment I laid my eyes on him. Picking up that book changed my life and kept me from sinking like theTitanic into the dark, cold depressive ocean following a traumatic corporate restructuring. It allowed me to talk back convincingly to the relentless, cunning voice in my head whispering, “You’re a bad person.” “You’re not good enough.” “Nobody likes you.”
Learning to challenge “Neville the Devil” as I now call that convincingly abusive voice, helped me survive major depression, amplified by terrifying postpartum anxiety without the help of drugs or a straightjacket. I hung on by my fingertips and was able to pull myself back into the boat. I promised myself I would one day help others buffeted by depression, anxiety, shame and guilt.
I left my stressful career in corporate communications, delivered my son, and went back to graduate school to become a psychotherapist. And I’ve devoted this chapter of my career to voluntarily publicizing his TEAM-CBT, also referred to as “CBT on steroids.” So don’t be surprised when I pop up here and there, bringing good tidings of therapeutic training, intensive therapy opportunities, and joy from The Feeling Good Institute http://www.feelinggoodinstitute.com/. It’s all about what I love to do, and what makes me very, very happy.
But every step forward personally and professionally has been terrifying. I fearfully put one foot in front of the other and put myself out there. Last year, I invited Dr. Burns to present his trauma workshop here in Denver. I really didn’t know him at all; I only had participated in his four-day intensive workshop and an anxiety workshop in London.
One morning, I woke up and heard myself ask, “Can depression really be treated in two hours?” I grabbed my laptop and fired off a series of confrontational questions to David, as I now informally call him, challenging him as a critical reporter –one of my former personas. Back and forth we went, pushing and pulling, until finally, we published our controversial interview, “Can Depression Really Be Treated in Two Hours? Click here to check it out!
What a gift it was to open on Christmas morning!
Today David, psychologist Dr. Fabrice Nye and I published an interview about our article on their new Feeling Good Podcast https://feelinggood.com/category/podcast/. And that was not as easy at it sounds. It would be analogous to singing on stage with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. But I heard David’s voice, “You have to face the monster and find the monster has no teeth.”
So I faced the fear of stuttering, stammering and freezing. I once again asked myself, “Why not me? I can do this. Be bold.” And then I dove into the deep end of the pool with David guiding and shaping the conversation as only an experienced teacher can do. And then the self-consciousness melted away as I danced with a partner who knew all the steps.
Feeling Good The New Mood Therapy, published in 1980, saved my life and many of the clients I have worked with as a psychotherapist. We have voyaged over really rough waters in tiny boats with Feeling Good as our guide. Many people are alive today after reading that self-help book and using the cognitive behavioral skills he helped pioneer. They are equally as grateful, and that explains why so many people love this irascible fellow for his wisdom, humor and generosity.
So it really was more than just one look. It was just one book. That’s all it took.
Important Announcement — The Feeling Good Podcast is now live on iTunes and totally free of charge!!!
Message: Dr. David Burns’ new Feeling Good Podcast is now available on iTunes! This podcast brings a wealth of information to therapists and to the general public alike about the latest methods for overcoming depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and habits and addictions. Dr. Burns and his host, Dr. Fabrice Nye, also describe the new TEAM-CBT treatment model with lively, inspiring anecdotes and demonstrations.
To check it out, click here!
If you like it, rate and review the Feeling Good Podcast on iTunes or your podcast directory of choice every time you listen to an episode. If you give us a 5-star rating (or whatever is the max), it will help us spread the word about TEAM-CBT!
But just as importantly, we want you to help shape the content of our show. What psychological or therapeutic issues would you like to hear about? Do you have a story to tell? We invite you to go to the Feeling Good Podcast right here on this website and leave your comments.
Thanks! David and Fabrice
By the way, someone left this message on my Facebook page: “You can download any podcast app – like CastBox or Podcast Addict and then from there, search for David’s podcast by name! Can’t wait to tune in.” David
Welcome to my 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
Check out my new Feeling Good Podcast series for therapists and for the general public!
Recognition for Feeling Good Blogs and Podcasts
Comment: Dear Dr. Burns,
Feeling Good was listed as one of the very best psychology blogs of 2016 in our recent article! Feeling Good was included in our “For Professionals” category, and our editors highlighted the blog’s focus on the world of psychotherapy. Please feel free to post this article on your blog or social media.
Best regards, Pam Beiler
Communications Manager, http://www.online-psychology-degrees.org/
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
In October of 2015 I taped a 30-minute TV show along with Karen, a clinical psychologist, in our training program, or the TV show, Lifestyle Magazine. The show originates out of Los Angeles and was shown nation-wide recently. Here’s a link to the show that was aired in March of 2016.
Grab a cup of coffee and watch David Burns on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Lifestyle Magazine show “Mood Therapy.”
In the show, Karen and I describe the new, ultra-rapid T.E.A.M. therapy for depression. 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
Audio and Video Tapes of Workshops
Here are some links to videos of sessions or audio or videotapes of workshops. Many or all of these qualify for CE credits for mental health professionals. In addition, many qualify for T.E.A.M. Certification Program at the Feeling Good Institute. Click on any of interest.
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!
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.