“What should I do if I hate my therapist?” A Fascinating Interview with Dr. Jill Levitt!

Dear colleague,

You might enjoy this link to a dynamic interview with my esteemed colleague, Dr. Jill Levitt, published a few days ago in the San Francisco magazine, BobCut. Jill is the Director of Clinical Training at the Feeling Good Institute in Mt. View, California, and teaches with me at Stanford. The article should be of interest to therapists and patients alike.

Jill answers these question. and more:

  • How do I know if I need to go to therapy?
  • How does someone deal with burnout if they don’t have the means to quit their job and don’t think they have time for therapy?
  • How can you say “No” and set boundaries at work?
  • Won’t people be disappointed in you if you say no?
  • What should I do if I hate my therapist?
  • What qualities should people look for in a therapist?
  • If someone is struggling with anxiety, they don’t want to just go to any therapist, they want to find someone who can really help them. How can find a therapist who has the specific skills that will help you? 
  • If you disclose a problem such as substance abuse, is my therapist required to report it?
  • Why do I only get angry/upset with my inner circle including my family and partner?
  • I feel so insecure, small and insignificant in the real world. How can I help this feeling of overwhelming fear and anxiety?
  • Can you describe how you’ve seen the evolution of your patients change over the past few years? Because mental health is a bigger topic in the media, more people are talking about it, and more people are open to seeking help. It’s slowly becoming less stigmatized. So have you seen the attitudes of your patients change? And have you seen the levels of resistance that they come in with change over the past few years?
  • What makes TEAM-CBT different from other forms of therapy practices?
  • And more!

I hope you enjoy Jill’s interview!


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You may have missed the Calgary and South San Francisco intensives, but there will be one more awesome intensive this fall, and it’s right around the corner!

High-Speed Treatment of Depression
and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

November 4 – 7, 2019
The Atlanta, Georgia Intensive

Information and Registration

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I also have two tremendous one-day workshop scheduled with my colleague, Dr. Jill Levitt, next year–

Coming up in 2020

High Speed Methods to Reduce Resistance
and Boost Motivation

This is the most important, and least understood, topic in the behavioral sciences. Nearly all therapeutic failure results from the failure to address resistance. Therapists do not understand what causes resistance or how treat it effectively.

Come to this workshop and learn how to melt away resistance for incredibly high-speed recovery!

With Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt

Feb 9. 2020 |  7 CE hours. $135

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The Cognitive Distortion Starter Kit:
How to Crush Negative Thoughts

TEAM-CBT includes more than 100 powerful techniques to change the distorted thoughts that trigger negative emotions. But what techniques should I select for my patient who feels depressed, anxious, or angry?

As you know, in my book, Feeling Good, I listed the ten most common cognitive distortions, like All-or-Nothing Thinking, Should Statements, Emotional Reasoning, and more, and you probably use that list all the time in your clinical work. But do you know which techniques work the best for each distortion?

Come to this workshop and find out! You’ll learn with tons of cool techniques you can use every day to boost your clinical effectiveness.

With Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt

May 17, 2020 | 7 CE hours. $135

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Coming this summer!

The Annual South San Francisco Intensive!

July 6 – 9, 2020

It’s Going to Be Awesome!

Videos, Live Demonstrations

Small Group Practice with Personal Feedback and Mentoring,

and Chances for Personal Work and Healing

Ultra-Rapid TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Learn More and Register