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Corona Survey: How are You Feeling Now?

Corona Survey: How are You Feeling Now?

Dear friend / colleague,

Along with a colleague, Dr. Diane Schiano, I am conducting a brief survey to find out how people are feeling now in comparison with how they were feeling prior to the corona pandemic. It is an informal survey, not a strictly scientific study, but it could provide some interesting and useful information that I’ll report in a future Feeling Good Podcast as well as a blog.

Are you feeling more depressed, anxious, discouraged, or angry because of the pandemic? Have you experienced a drop in happiness or satisfaction in your relationships with friends and loved ones?

And if so, how large are the changes?

If you’re interested in participating, fill out our survey anonymously at this link, and stay tuned in for the results! Your data will be pooled with the data from many other individuals, and no personal identifying information about you will be solicited or stored.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CVS-1

Thanks!

David Burns, MD

More On  Beating The High Cost of Therapy

More On Beating The High Cost of Therapy

Hi all,

Recently I posted on the high cost of therapy. Today I’m expanding on that theme. This will be a partial repeat plus some new options for individuals with modest resources.

Here are several options for affordable therapy that may help:

SF Bay Area

I am pleased that the Feeling Good Institute has created a low fee clinic, and I’ve referred some tremendously talented therapists to them. One of the stars is Kevin Cornelius AMFT. He’s been training in my Tuesday evening training group at Stanford for a year or more and was fantastic from the start.

Kevin combines tremendous compassion with state-of-the-art TEAM-CBT techniques. He grasps and implements this new approach with tremendous skill. His hourly fee is $95, and he prefers to work in double sessions, which often speeds recovery and reduces the cost of treatment. He’s supervised by TEAM-CBT trainer, Angela Krumm, PhD.

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Kevin

There are many outstanding clinicians at the FGI, but I always think of Kevin first. If you have a friend or loved one who needs excellent treatment at an affordable rate, you can reach out to Kevin. You might also want to think of him for folks from out of town who need “intensives:” multiple sessions in just a day or two with the goal of completing treatment for depression or anxiety disorders quickly. Of course, this is not always possible, but it happens frequently. You can learn about intensives at FGI.

You will note that there are several outstanding clinicians in their low fee / modest fee clinics.

I have no affiliation with the FGI, and receive no financial compensation from them, or from anyone in private practice, or from any corporate sources, either. I support the clinicians at the FGI because of the work they’re doing in therapy and the terrific therapist training the offer as well!

Stanford

I would like to add that if you are a therapist or graduate student in some branch of therapy in the Bay Area, my 2.5 hour Tuesday evening TEAM-CBT training groups at Stanford are totally free. We offer unlimited free personal work as well, in the event that you sometimes struggle with feelings in inadequacy or self-doubt.

If interested, contact Alisha Beal. However, you are required to attend consistently, do homework between training sessions, and use the Brief Mood Survey with all your patients.

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David

If you are looking for training, you might also enjoy my free, weekly Feeling Good Podcasts or one of my paid workshops, which are listed at http://www.feelinggood.com/workshops. (Also, see below for my May workshop with Dr. Jill Levitt.) This year, my summer South SF intensive will be on the Five Secrets of Effective Communication, a hugely important and highly challenging topic.

Stockton

Here’s an option in the Stockton area. Sara Shane is also a highly esteemed member of my Tuesday training group at Stanford. You may remember her from a recent Feeling Good Podcast on high-speed treatment of OCD last October, which was tremendously well-received.

Here is a remarkable email I just got from Sara:

Hi David,

Just wanted to thank you for the gift of TEAM. I just finished doing an intensive with a young woman, 20 years old, with severe depression and anxiety and her recovery was miraculous. She went from feeling extremely depressed and anxious (scores of 19 on depression and 20 on anxiety) at the beginning of session to scores of zero, on both, at the end of session.

The recovery was amazing! I had never achieved that level of recovery so quickly with the modality I had been using in the past, granted I was primarily working with children.

Unfortunately, the intensive was not as short as I would have liked. On the other hand, I’m still learning, and I’d rather not rush things. In any case, it was worth it every minute I worked with this client. The whole session was extremely regarding. By the way, this was a pro bono client. Perhaps, why it was so well worth it.

The best payment was the words of my client at the end of session: “I don’t know how to say it…I feel so much lighter. I feel so content.”

And, this is why I’m so grateful to you—not only have you created this powerful healing modality but you have been so generous in teaching it to me and the rest of the world. One less suffering human being on earth thanks to you!

Warmly,

Sara Shane

If you are looking for therapy and live near Stockton, you can contact Sara at (209) 476-8867. Her fee is $125 per hour/session, but she also charges a flat fee of $375 for an intensive. So, you could go to Stockton for an intensive, even if you don’t live in the area. Told humbly told me this: “At this point, as I am polishing my skills, this can be anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.”

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Sara

Sara offers sessions in English or Spanish. As an aside, many of the therapists in my Tuesday training group at Stanford, as well as the 1,000+ therapists in the TEAM certification program at the Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View, California, are bilingual.

Woodland Hills

Many of you will remember Dr. Michael Greenwaldwho was featured on a recent podcast (Social Anxiety Begone!). That podcast was also a huge hit.

Michael is totally delightful and is offering free TEAM-CBT training / practice groups in the Woodland Hills area. I am hoping that these groups will eventually evolve into a TEAM-CBT treatment and training center in the Los Angeles area. Michael also offers superb TEAM-CBT treatment and his fee range is $225 sliding to $90. You can contact him here.

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Michael

Please note that if you are looking for treatment, you will find many additional options at the referral page of my website, www.feelinggood.com/referrals!

david

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Coming up in May, 2020

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.

This workshop will be live-streamed (and in person in Palo Alto, CA) so you can join from anywhere in the world! There will be many expert online helpers to assist you with the small-group exercises.

Register EARLY if you want to come in person. The in person slots are very limited and always sell out well ahead of time.

There will be many helpers from the Feeling Good Institute to assist and guide you in the small group exercises in person and online as well.  Our last workshop on resistance in February was our most highly rated ever! We hope to make this a terrific and fun learning experience for you, too!

With Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt

May 17, 2020 | 7 CE hours. $135 (online) or $165 (in person)

Click Here To Learn More & Register

Only a Few Slots Left for the Awesome February 9, 2020 Resistance Workshop!

Only a Few Slots Left for the Awesome February 9, 2020 Resistance Workshop!

Dear colleague,

Our all new workshop is just around the corner! Move fast if you want to attend, since the in-person seats are almost entirely sold out. We still have plenty of room if you want to attend online.

High Speed Methods to Reduce Resistance
and Boost Motivation

February 9, 2020

8:30 am – 4:30 pm PST (11:30 am – 7:30 pm EST)

Join us live online ($135)

or in person ($195) (only a few seats left)

at The Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA

(in person includes free breakfast, lunch and schmoozing)

7 CE credits*

For more info or to register

CLICK HERE

This workshop is BRAND NEW. You will learn how to identify and reduce the therapeutic resistance for faster, better outcomes in the treatment of depression (morning session) and anxiety disorders (afternoon session). Not only will your patients recover faster, but your satisfaction with your clinical work will soar as well.

This is a perfect workshop for those new to TEAM as well as seasoned clinicians who want to hone their skills through. Both  in-person and online participants will practice with personalized feedback throughout the day. There will be many skilled helpers from the Feeling Good Institute in Mountain View, California, along with Jill and me, to provide you with personal feedback and mentoring as you hone your new skills.

We consistently receive feedback that our daylong workshops are not only educational but also engaging, lively, and great opportunities for networking. Jill and I will use a combination of didactic teaching, live role plays, and breakout group practice to keep you interested and engaged all day long!

Therapeutic resistance is by far the most important topic in psychotherapy, but most therapists so not understand it and do not have the skills to deal with it, so the possibilities for improving your clinical work are tremendous. I hope you can join us! You’ll love it, and we’ll really enjoy hanging out with you, too!

David Burns, MD

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Coming on May, 17th, 2020

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

Learn More & Register

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Coming this summer!

The Annual South San Francisco TEAM-CBT Intensive!

Enhanced Empathy Training

August 10 – 13, 2020

It’s Going to Be Awesome!

Live Demonstrations

Small Group Practice with Personal Feedback and Mentoring,

and Chances for Personal Work and Healing

This Workshop Will Transform Your Clinical Work
and Personal Life as Well

Learn More and Register

The High Cost of Therapy

The High Cost of Therapy

Hi all,

One problem with Bay Area therapy is the high cost of living,  and the high cost of therapy. This can be a problem for many deserving people with limited means, and it bothers me!

I am pleased that the Feeling Good Institute has created a low fee clinic, and I’ve referred some tremendously talented therapists to them. One of the stars is Kevin Cornelius AMFT. He’s been training in my Tuesday evening training group at Stanford for a year or more and was fantastic from the start. He combines tremendous compassion with state-of-the-art TEAM-CBT techniques. He grasps and implements this new approach with tremendous skill. His hourly fee is $95, and he prefers to work in double sessions, which often speeds recovery and reduces the cost of treatment. He’s supervised by TEAM-CBT trainer, Angela Krumm, PhD.

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There are many outstanding clinicians at the FGI, but I always think of Kevin first. If you have a friend or loved one who needs excellent treatment at an affordable rate, you can reach Kevin at kevin@feelinggoodinstitute.com. You might also want to think of him for folks from out of town who need “intensives:” multiple sessions in just a day or two with the goal of completing treatment for depression or anxiety disorders quickly. Of course, this is not always possible, but it happens frequently. You can learn about intensives at FGI here: www.feelinggoodinstitute.com/intensive.

I have no affiliation with the FGI, and receive no financial compensation from them. I support them because of the work they’re doing in therapy and TEAM-CBT therapist training they offer as well!

Thanks for listening!

david

Only a Few Slots Left for the Awesome February 9, 2020 Resistance Workshop!

Cool February 9, 2020 Workshop on Resistance!

Hi all,

I hope you can join Dr. Jill Levitt and me and the brilliant helpers from the Feeling Good Institute for a day of learning, fun, and connection on February 9th!

High Speed Methods to Reduce Resistance

and Boost Motivation

 

February 9, 2020

8:30 am-4:30 pm PST (11:30 am-7:30 pm EST)

Join us live online ($135) or in person ($195)

at The Creekside Inn, Palo Alto, CA

(in person includes free breakfast, lunch and schmoozing)

 

7 CE credits*

For more info or to register

CLICK HERE

This workshop is BRAND NEW. You will learn how to identify and reduce outcome and process resistance for depression (morning session) and anxiety disorders (afternoon session). This can lead to faster, better outcomes.

This is a perfect workshop for those new to TEAM as well as seasoned clinicians who want to hone their skills through. Both in-person and online participants will practice with personalized feedback throughout the day.

We consistently receive feedback that our daylong workshops are not only educational but also engaging, lively, and great opportunities for networking. Jill and I will use a combination of didactic teaching, live role plays, and breakout group practice to keep you interested and engaged all day long!

I believe that therapeutic resistance is by far the most important topic in psychotherapy. The possibilities for improving your clinical work are tremendous. I hope you can join us! You’ll love it, and we’ll really enjoy hanging out with you, too!

David Burns, MD

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Coming on May, 17th, 2020–

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

Learn More & Register

A Cool Weekly Online Resistance-Busting Class with Dr. Jill Levitt!

A Cool Weekly Online Resistance-Busting Class with Dr. Jill Levitt!

Melting Away Resistance in TEAM-CBT

A practical 4-week online course for therapists with

Jill Levitt, Ph.D.

Highly Interactive

Live Online Training

Fridays 11 am – 12:45 pm PST (2 – 3:45 pm EST)

4 weeks starting 2/7/20

You’ve got powerful tools to help your patients change, and you see great progress with lots of your patients, but what about the times when you find yourself working harder than your patients? Do you like pushing your patients to change and watching them dig in their heels or subtly resist your help?

If you would like to try a different approach, join us and learn how to boost motivation and get unstuck with your most challenging patients using tools from TEAM-CBT developed by Dr. David Burns.

When: Four Fridays in a row starting 2/7/20 (11 am-12:45 pm PST / 2-3:45 pm EST)

Who: Mental health professionals and graduate students

Instruction level: beginner to advanced.

Instructor: Jill Levitt, Ph.D

Price: $240, Offers 7 CE Hours*

We will use a combination of live group didactic sessions together with practice and role play, with an emphasis on skill-building of powerful tools and techniques in a warm and supportive environment.

Learn More And Register Now

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Hungry for Some More Awesome Training?

I’ll be doing two cool one-day workshops on topics of enormous importance:

  1. How to overcome therapeutic resistance and boost patient motivation on February 9, 2020. This is the most important topic in all of psychotherapy, and the methods you will learn are innovative, surprising, and powerful. The focus will be on melting away therapeutic resistance in patients with depression (morning session) and anxiety disorders (afternoon).
  2. On May 17, 2020 we’ll show you the best techniques to smash each of the ten cognitive distortions first described in my book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.

I’m thrilled to be joined at both workshops by my esteemed colleague, Dr. Jill Levitt.  We love to teach together because it makes for a dynamic and fun dance of  learning.  If you’ve heard us before, you know that Jill is warm, brilliant, and incredibly clear, so you can really LEARN and master techniques that can transform your practice.

You can join both online from anywhere in the world, or join us in person in Palo Alto for free breakfast,  lunch, and schmoozing! You’ll find the details below.

David

 

Coming Soon

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

Learn More & Register

 

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

Learn More & Register