Wonderful Email!

Wonderful Email!

IMG_1288Hi web visitors,

I just got an amazing email that I wanted to share with you! I’m on the road this week teaching my trauma workshop in three east coast cities, and look forward to returning home again so I can do more blogs and podcasts! David PS the picture is from out living room just prior to a Sunday hike, thanks to Maryam Hamidi.

Comment: Dr. Burns,

I just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you! 20 years ago (when I was only 15!) I found your book, Feeling Good, at my local bookstore and brought it home with me. I’ve carried it with me EVERYWHERE I’ve moved (and I’ve moved a lot!) — because it literally changed my life. And it continues to ground me and bring me comfort/relief whenever I have an anxiety or depression relapse.

Recently, I discovered your Feeling Good Podcasts. What a thrill ! I love to put it on after a long day and learn about your new techniques, behind-the-scenes vignettes, and enjoy your humor and humility. What a GIFT you have given so many people for so, so many years.

Thank you, thank you !!

Amy Maloof
Amy,

Thank you, thank you for you kind note!! Means a great deal to me. Will let Fabrice know, too!

All the best,

David

If you are reading this blog on social media, I appreciate it! I would like to invite you to visit my website, http://www.FeelingGood.com, as well. There you will find a wealth of free goodies, including my Feeling Good blogs, my Feeling Good Podcasts with host, Dr. Fabrice Nye, and the Ask Dr. David blogs as well, along with announcements of upcoming workshops, and resources for mental health professionals as well as patients!

Once you link to my blog, you can sign up using the widget at the top of the column to the right of each page. Please firward my blogs to friends as well, especially anyone with an interest in mood problems, psychotherapy, or relationship conflicts.

Thanks! David

 

Latest Hiking Report

Latest Hiking Report

Hi friends and colleagues,

As you probably know, in addition to the volunteer teaching I do at Stanford each week, I also conduct Sunday morning hikes for therapists who want more time for personal work and practice with various TEAM-CBT techniques. The hikes generally last several hours, and are fabulous, but the “interior hiking” is what really makes them great experiences.

I was lucky to enjoy three hikes in the past week or so—two fabulous Sunday hikes, plus a Saturday hike, which was also great. We worked on so many topics and personal issues that I can’t recall all of them, but these were included:

  1. Therapy problems: How to work with extremely severe patients who are hungry for talking and support, but who resist taking responsibility for their lives, doing psychotherapy homework, or developing a meaningful agenda for their therapy sessions. This is one of the most important and frustrating issues in all of psychiatry and psychotherapy, and is the therapeutic dilemma that inspired me to create the new TEAM-CBT.
  2. Personal relationship problems: How to deal with someone who is pulling away from making a commitment to you, and giving you the run-a-round.
  3. Personal relationship problems: How to help someone who gets mad and resists your efforts when you try to help.
  4. Personal relationship problems: How to deal more skillfully with a romantic partner who I am pursuing and afraid of losing.
  5. Personal relationship problems: How to overcome the fear of rejection or being alone. AND how to help patients who have been rejected.
  6. Personal relationship problems: How to deal with a family member who won’t pay back borrowed money.
  7. Personal relationship problems: How to deal with fears of failing as a father. How to deal with your child’s criticisms, so you can transform a conflict into a deeper and more loving relationship.
  8. Personal insecurities: How to deal with fears of growing old and being alone and thinking you are simply “old and boring.”

If any of these themes interest you, let me know and perhaps I can post on some of them in a little more depth.

There was a lot more, but that will give you a feel for what we do on the hikes. The participation and experiences have been simply fantastic, due to the vulnerability, including the tears, and the compassion and fabulous teamwork people show on the hikes. This is my favorite way of hanging out with folks and getting to know people, and it really beats cocktail parties! Plus the extremely rapid changes we nearly always see make it seem like we are witnessing little miracles on each hike.

One of our beloved group members, Maryam Hamidi, has been taking great photos on Sundays, and in our Tuesday training group at Stanford, so I am including are some of them for you!

david

If you are reading this blog on social media, I appreciate it! I would like to invite you to visit my website, http://www.FeelingGood.com, as well. There you will find a wealth of free goodies, including my Feeling Good blogs, my Feeling Good Podcasts with host, Dr. Fabrice Nye, and the Ask Dr. David blogs as well, along with announcements of upcoming workshops, and resources for mental health professionals as well as patients!

Once you link to my blog, you can sign up using the widget at the top of the column to the right of each page. Please firward my blogs to friends as well, especially anyone with an interest in mood problems, psychotherapy, or relationshp conflicts.

Thanks! David

Oops! Forgot to Include Podcast! Now Fixed!

Hi friends,

I apologize for two bloopers today. First, the Feeling Good Podcasts was published later than usual, and we forgot to include the podcast itself! I have now fixed it, so to get the text, links AND the session with our wonderful patient, Mark, CLICK HERE!

If you are reading this blog on social media, I appreciate it! I would like to invite you to visit my website, http://www.FeelingGood.com, as well. There you will find a wealth of free goodies, including my Feeling Good blogs, my Feeling Good Podcasts with host, Dr. Fabrice Nye, and the Ask Dr. David blogs as well, along with announcements of upcoming workshops, and resources for mental health professionals as well as patients!

You can also sign up to receive emails every time I post a new blog. You will find the sign-up widget at the top of the column to the right on every page. Thanks so much!

Oh, also, share my posts with friends, and encourage them to sign up i they are interested! I am trying to get the word out to as many people as possible!

David

PS here is a pic from yesterday’s Sunday hike. More on that later.

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Therapist Resistance!

Picture 9Hi web visitors,

Here is a self-photo I just clicked working here in my office!

I just got permission to publish an email from a mental health professional who has been listening to the podcasts. I wanted to publish it because his experience is the same as mine when he points out that so many of his colleagues appear to be stuck in their ways and refuse to open up to new, data-based, researched treatment methods that work so much better than traditional endless talk therapy. To me, this resistance to evolution in our field has been a source of ongoing frustration, although I’m sure I have some unenlightened “Should Statements” triggering my emotions!

And clearly, mental health professional ARE hungry, open, and eager to learn new and vastly more effective treatment methods. But when the Copernican Revolution first appeared, there were a hundreds years of oppression and attempted suppression of the new ideas by the established Catholic church, who did not want to be challenged.

At any rate, I have also found, like Ash below, that students who know nothing, as well as members of the general public, are far more open to the new and exciting developments in psychotherapy, including TEAM-CBT, as well as a number of other promising new methods.

So here is his note:

Dear Dr. Burns,

I hope you are keeping well. Your work has been indispensable for my practice. I routinely direct clients to your podcast and have been able to provide very effective counselling that is also efficient and affordable. Moreover, I have been teaching at a local University, as well as joining a local “MeetUp” for T.E.A.M., and spreading the word to the best of my ability. Unfortunately, many of my colleagues remain closed to the notion of evidence-based techniques but my clients and students have been much more open-minded!

I did receive an update for the therapist’s toolkit but that was some time ago. I think it might have been 2006. In any case, I wonder if I could get the latest update. I have seen you in person for workshops on three occasions and I love “When Panic Attacks”. Thank you so much for everything.

Warmest regards,

Ash

This was his reply to my request to publish his kind email:

Hi Dr. Burns,

My goodness, you’re fast! Yes, by all means, please publish my message. Please feel free to name me if you so wish. We need all the help we can get.

By the way, I’m good friends with Geoff Mudaliar, who has been working very diligently and sincerely to get more people on board. He’s the one heading our local T.E.A.M. on MeetUp.com.

Take care and I look forward to more podcasts and TED talks,

Ashif Kassam MA, RPN, BSc, CCC

780 902-1700, Lumina Counselling Services

 

Upcoming Trauma Workshops!

Hi web visitors and friends on FB and Twitter,

The brief video below invites you to my three upcoming workshops on high speed treatment for patients who have experienced depression and anxiety from traumatic experiences. You will learn the latest TEAM-CBT skills to improve your clinical outcomes, and have the chance to see TEAM in action in the live demonstration on the evening of day 1. And on day 2, you can do some personal healing as well!

You’ll find the dates, locations, and links right below the video! It is my first video of this type, and it is only okay, so I hope you will be kindly in your assessment! I’ve had a severe camera phobia since I was a child, only only finally overcame it just a month or so ago. So now I can smile in front of a camera! Wow, I am so happy about this!

 

Rapid Recovery from Trauma: New High-Speed TEAM-CBT Treatment Techniques

April 24 – 25, McLean, VA 22102, Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner (link to brochure)
April 26 – 27, Newark, NJ, Hilton Newark Penn Station (link to brochure)
April 28 – 29, Philadelphia, Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District (link to brochure)
For more information, contact IAHB phone: 800-258-8411

Hope to see you at the workshop!

David

PS Here are several unsolicited anonymous comments on the evaluation forms for this workshop:

  • The live demonstration in the evening was freaking incredible!
  • The live demonstration was dynamite! . . . It was beautiful!!
  • The entire process was fantastic!
  • I liked all of it! I appreciated Dr. Burns willingness to be vulnerable with his own flaws and fears.
Best By a Gazillion Miles?

Best By a Gazillion Miles?

Hi Web visitors,

Here is a wonderful email I got from Lee Davie (aka the NeedyHelper, who kindly invited me on his terrific Alcohol and Addiction Podcast).

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Hi David,

I love all of your shows but the live session is the best by a gazillion miles. You have stumbled upon an incredible vein of value for so many people.

Lee

Thanks, Lee for those kind words. I am really happy you (and a number of others) have responded positive to our live therapy segments on the Feeling Good Podcasts. I agree that this is a unique way for therapists and the general public alike to learn about the new TEAM-CBT. I am also indebted to Mark, our “patient” for the broadcasts, for his big heart, compassion, and generosity.

You can listen to my weekly Feeling Good Podcasts on iTunes, or right here on this website!

Subject: Cure!

Subject: Cure!

IMG_1033Hi Webvisitors and friends,

I thought you might enjoy this email that I just received from Sunny Choi, who was a member of our Tuesday TEAM-CBT training group for about two years. Sunny just completed his licensure requirements and testing for licensed clinical social worker in California. Congratulations Sunny on the fabulous work you are doing!  David

Hi David,

Another one session (45 min) success for a patient with panic attack and agoraphobia!  She came back 2nd time with her face glowing and no phobia. Thank you for your amazing technique!

Sunny