Solution to David’s Tuesday Tip #6*

Solution to David’s Tuesday Tip #6*

This was yesterday’s paradoxical tip of the day–

Few therapists can recognize, or acknowledge, the patient’s anger. Most therapists appear to have a fairly intense “anger / conflict phobia.”

This is true of non-therapists as well. The attempt to avoid anger will cause it to mushroom.

The mean of this tip is pretty straightforward–nearly all therapists don’t do a good job of acknowledging or dealing with patient anger. I didn’t realize this until I began training therapists in the Five Secrets of Effective Communication.

I’ve developed an Intimacy Training exercise that goes like this. Two therapists pair off, and one plays the role of an extremely critical, hostile patient who criticizes the therapist, saying things like:

  • You don’t really care about me!
  • You’re making my marriage worse.
  • All you care about is the money.
  • You don’t understand me.
  • You’re not helping me.

Then the therapist tries to respond, using the Five Secrets. At this point, the role play must STOP. Then we give the therapist a letter grade on his or her response (was it an A? a B? a C? or worse?) along with specific feedback about what he or she did right and what he or she did wrong. Then we model how to respond more effectively, using the Five Secrets.

Here’s the interesting thing. In almost every role-play, the one in the “patient” role is extremely angry. But therapists will almost NEVER acknowledge this.

For example, I did a workshop on empathy and was setting up a demonstration for the staff at a really beautiful Mennonite mental hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and asked for two volunteers for the Intimacy Exercise. Two participants eagerly volunteered, and the one who volunteered to play the therapist role was one of their very most senior clinicians. Before they started the role play, I emphasized the importance of acknowledging the patient’s anger, and mentioned that no therapist in the United States had ever been able to do that. For effect, I added that no therapist in the United States would EVER be able to acknowledge anger. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not much of one, I’m afraid!

So we started, and the participant who played the role of the difficult patient really lit into the more senior clinician. Her criticisms were extremely powerful, and even though it was just a role-play demonstration, her criticisms of him sounded real! I was glad I wasn’t in his shoes!

When she stopped, there was a long and awkward silence for about twenty seconds. You could have heard a pin drop in the room.

Then he leaned for and said, in a bit of stuffy voice, “You must have had a VERY troubled childhood!”

Yikes! Sadly, he was zero for five on his use of the Five Secrets, and as I had predicted, carefully avoided any mention of her anger.

Now, if you’re a therapist, you’re probably thinking, “I wouldn’t make that kind of ridiculous error, or respond in such a lame way!” Almost everyone thinks that until they have to do a role-play! It’s really hard to be in the therapist role, but the exercise presents tremendous opportunities for growth and learning if you’re willing to check your ego at the door.

The same problem, I believe, exists in the general public. Although we’re an extremely violent, aggressive society, people do tend to avoid dealing with anger. The anger / conflict phobia that is so widespread (almost universal) among mental health professionals is an interesting and little-known fact.

Well, there’s an awful lot more to learn about communication, and this blog is just one tiny slice. To learn more, check out my book, Feeling Good Together, and do the written exercises while you read. The book can transform the way you related to others, and you can purchase it on Amazon.com if you’re interested in having more loving and satisfying relationships with the people you care about.

You might also want to tune in to my free weekly Feeling Good Podcasts, available right on this website, www.feelinggood.com. I’ve had many podcasts on intimacy training and how to use each of the Five Secrets of Effective Communication.

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

 

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“Scared Stiff: Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders”

A two-day workshop Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Associates

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June 4 -5, 2018 Calgary, Canada

June 6 – 7, 2018 Winnipeg, Canada

Mike Christensen and several others will be joining me at both locations to help out with supervision of the small group exercises. You’ll LOVE this workshop and you’ll learn TONS of powerful techniques to treat every type of anxiety.

On the evening of day 1 of each workshop, I will do a live demonstration with someone from the audience who’s been struggling with some type of anxiety, such as social anxiety or public speaking anxiety. Mike Christensen will be my to-therapist. The live work is nearly always the highlight of this workshop.

You’ll learn how to heal your clients and your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt as well. In fact, on the afternoon of day 2, I will catapult at least two-thirds of the audience into a state of euphoric enlightenment. You can’t beat that!

I greatly appreciate your support, and hope you will continue to spread the word about TEAM-CBT and www.feelinggood.com. i am trying hard to reach as many people as possible with my free programming and blogs designed to help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and habits and addictions, as well as the therapists who treat them!

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David’s Tuesday Tips (#6)*

David’s Tuesday Tips (#6)*

Here’s your paradoxical tip of the day!

Few therapists can recognize, or acknowledge, the patient’s anger. Most therapists appear to have a fairly intense “anger / conflict phobia.”

This is true of non-therapists as well. The attempt to avoid anger will cause it to mushroom.

Use the Reply / Comment feature below to let us to know how you understand today’s tip.

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

 

 

 

Solution to David’s Tuesday Tip #5*

Solution to David’s Tuesday Tip #5*

This was yesterday’s paradoxical tip–

Most therapeutic failure–and patient resistance–results from the therapist’s compulsive urge to “help” or rescue to the patient.

When patients are stuck and not improving in spite of the therapist’s most sincere efforts, the problem nearly ALWAYS results from the fact that the therapist has not dealt with the patient’s resistance. There are two forms of resistance for depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and habits and addictions. In TEAM-CBT, we bring the patient’s resistance to conscious awareness and melt it away with a variety of powerful and compassionate techniques. If the therapist learns how to do this skillfully, it vastly accelerates recovery!

Many (perhaps most) therapists entered the field because they have been wounded personally, and because they want to help others. But this very understandable and compassionate urge can also get in the way of effective treatment. When you jump in and try to help someone who is suffering, they will nearly always resist your efforts. This is not only true in therapy, but also in your interactions with friends, colleagues, and family members who are depressed and anxious.

Of course, compassion IS important and helping IS crucial–but you have to know how to go about it, and that takes training, in my opinion!

Thanks for tuning in today! I have to exit as I am about to supervise one of the Stanford psychiatric residents this afternoon.

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

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I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will also leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

 

 

David’s Tuesday Tips (#5)*

David’s Tuesday Tips (#5)*

Here’s your paradoxical tip of the day!

Most therapeutic failure–and patient resistance–results from the therapist’s compulsive urge to “help” or rescue to the patient.

Use the Reply / Comment feature below to let us to know how you understand today’s tip.

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

Coming This Week! Register Now!

High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will also leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

 

 

David’s Answer to Tuesday Tips #4*

David’s Answer to Tuesday Tips #4*

This was yesterday’s paradoxical tip of the day–

Last week, we discussed the idea that therapists’ empathy skills tend to be poor, but therapists are not usually aware of this. If your patients complete the “Evaluation of Therapy Session” in the waiting room after each session, you’ll see, exactly what’s happening, and you can address alliance failures right away. . .  if you dare!

Failures of the alliance (the patient’s poor ratings of therapist empathy and helpfulness)
are actually extremely positive—
if you know how to respond skillfully!

In fact, you’ll often discover that your greatest therapeutic failures
are your greatest successes in disguise! But how can that be?

And here’s my answer!

Therapists who require their patients to complete my Evaluation of Therapy Session after every session (plus the Brief Mood Survey before and after every session) will be rated on Empathy and Helpfulness Scales, and several other scales that are tremendously sensitive to the tiniest therapeutic errors. You will discover that you often get less than stellar ratings on warmth, trust, understanding, and helpfulness. These low ratings may surprise you, especially if you are used to (wrongly) thinking that your empathy skills are excellent or even outstanding.

I have set the scales up so that even a 1 point deduction from a perfect score on any scale is defined as a failing grade. There are two reasons for this. First, anything less than a perfect rating indicates some dissatisfaction on the part of the patient that needs to be explored. For example, the patient may think you did a super job of using listening skills, but may indicate that you did not completely understand how she or he was feeling inside. If this failure of understanding is not addressed and corrected, it may have a corrosive effect on the treatment.

Without the written feedback on the evaluation scales, the therapist would never know he or she was failing in this way. That’s because if you ask the patient how things are going, he or she will nearly always say, “fine,” and keep his or her dissatisfaction secret. But if you look at the written feedback on the Evaluation of  Therapy Session, you will see right away what’s going on.

So how can it be good to discover that you are failing with your patient? There are several positives:

  1. When therapists use my scales for the first time, most will get failing grades on nearly every scale at nearly ever session with nearly every patient. This can be quite disturbing. But if you learn to process the feedback in a relaxed, non-defensive, warm way, using the Five Secrets of Effective Communication, you will find that your scores will increase dramatically, and your therapeutic skills will soar as well. Many of my students report that after using the scales for several weeks with all their patients, and practicing how to process the information in one of our online or in person training groups, they receive perfect scores on most if not all of the scales with as many as 80% or their patients.
  2. When you learn you are failing with a patient, you can immediately discuss the problem, if you have the courage, and this will can lead to significant improvements in the treatment. That’s because you will have accurate information for the first time on how your patients feel, how much progress they make (or fail to make) in every single session, and how they really feel about you.
  3. When they rate you poorly on warmth, support, trust, or understanding, it will ALWAYS be the case that their negative feedback is 100% accurate. When they say, “You don’t really understand me or care about me,” they are saying something that is true. You ARE failing in that exact way! But if you listen, and disarm, using the Five Secrets, and genuinely and skillfully acknowledge the (often painful) truth in what the patient is telling you, your “failure” will usually become his or her first “success” at getting close to someone. That’s because they patient may have felt rejected or abandoned by everyone in his or her life, so this may be his or her first experience of real intimacy and trust. In other words, the problem the patient experiences with you will usually be his or her “core conflict,” to use a psychoanalytic term.  And if you have the desire and the skill, you can find out about it right away and work to quickly repair the lesion that has been causing so much pain.

This type of communication with patients about their criticisms of the therapist often involves the death of the therapist’s ego. That’s because you have to realize and acknowledge that you really have failed at something you thought you were really good at, something central to your sense of identity. But if you do it skillfully, you and your patient will both “die” at the same time, and you’ll also be reborn with a new sense of connection.

Well, that’s my goofy tip for today. I’m kind of rushed today, so will send it out without much if any editing, and hope it’s not too bad, or too corny!

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

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High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

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  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

Coming in June! One of my best two-day workshops ever!

“Scared Stiff: Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders”

Sponsored by Jack Hirose & Associates
June 4 -5, 2018 Calgary, Canada
June 6 – 7, 2018 Winnipeg, Canada

You’ll LOVE this workshop and you’ll learn TONS of powerful techniques to treat every type of anxiety:

  • Generalized Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Social Anxiety
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Disorder
  • and more

You’ll learn how to heal your clients and your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt as well!

Mike Christensen and several others will be joining me at both locations to help out with supervision of the small group exercises.

 

David’s Tuesday Tips (#4)*

David’s Tuesday Tips (#4)*

Here’s your paradoxical tip of the day!

Last week, we discussed the idea that therapists’ empathy skills tend to be poor, but therapists are not usually aware of this. If your patients complete the “Evaluation of Therapy Session” in the waiting room after each session, you’ll see, exactly what’s happening, and you can address alliance failures right away. . .  if you dare!

Failures of the alliance (the patient’s poor ratings of therapist empathy and helpfulness)
are actually extremely positive—
if you know how to respond skillfully!

In fact, you’ll often discover that your greatest therapeutic failures
are your greatest successes in disguise! But how can that be?

Use the Reply / Comment feature below to let us to know how you understand today’s tip.

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

Coming Soon! Move Fast if You Want to Attend this Terrific Program!

High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will also leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

 

 

Solution to David’s Tuesday Tip #3*

Solution to David’s Tuesday Tip #3*

Here’s yesterday’s paradoxical tip #3

Therapists’ perceptions of how patients feel–the severity of symptoms–tend to be extremely inaccurate, at best, but most therapists are not aware of this.

What does this mean? Is it true? And if so, what are the consequences?

Is there a solution to this problem? And what, if anything, does the solution have to do with the first of four “Great Deaths” of the therapists ego?

Here’s Dr. David’s solution

My research and clinical experience have indicated that therapists’ perceptions of how their patients feel, and their patients feel about them, can be (and usually are) extremely inaccurate. What this means, in practical terms, is that a patient may be feeling intensely depressed and even suicidal, and yet the therapist thinks the patient is doing well. Or, the patient may be doing reasonably well, but the therapist thinks he or she is still severely depressed.

This inaccuracy involves all the negative emotions–such as depression, anxiety, and anger–and all the positive emotions as well. But since most therapists do not routinely assess patients’ feelings with brief accurate tests at every session, therapist do no know how “off” their perceptions can sometimes be. And while I do not mean to be alarmist, this can sometimes result in a failure of the therapy, or even the death of a suicidal patient.

In addition, although most therapists feel they are experts at communication, my research and clinical experience have indicated that therapists perceptions of the therapeutic alliance are also typically way off. In addition, many therapists grossly overestimate their clinical and communication skills, but they do not realize this!

To solve this problem, I have developed the Brief Mood Survey (BMS), and require all my patients to complete it in the waiting room before each session begins, and once again after the session is over. The BMS asks patients how depressed, suicidal, anxious, and angry they are feeling “right now,” at the start and end of the session. The comparison of the scores gives therapists an extremely accurate assessment of how effective, or ineffective, the session was.

It is, in a sense, like having an emotional X-ray machine available for the first time. The data are extremely valuable, regardless of whether you are doing psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, or a combination of the two.

At the end of the session, patients also complete the Evaluation of Therapy Session in the waiting, and rate the therapist on empathy, helpfulness, and other important dimensions. This only takes about one or two minutes of the patient’s time and provides the therapist with more invaluable, but potentially shocking, information.

So what does all of this have to do with the first of the four “deaths” of the therapist’s ego? Therapists who use these scales will probably make a number of uncomfortable discoveries, including, but not limited, to these:

  1. Therapists will discover that their perceptions of how their patients feel, and how their patients feel about them, will often be wildly and alarmingly inaccurate.
  2. They will often discover that the session was not at all helpful to the patient–in other words, there was little or no improvement in how the patient felt during the session.
  3. The therapist will likely receive failing grades on the Empathy and Helpfulness Scales most patients at every single session, especially if they are using these scales for the first time.

And that’s what I mean by the “death” of the therapist’s ego. You may discover, to put it in street language, that you suck! It’s happened to me often, and I usually find it painful to discover that my perceptions were off and my efforts were not effective.

But here’s the cool thing. This information can empower you to grow and change your therapeutic approach, so you can begin to deliver true healing. If you review the information with your patients in a warm and open way, it can transform the quality of the therapeutic relationship and vastly boost your effectiveness. And that’s pretty darn cool! I’ve been doing this for forty years, and my patients have proven to be my best teachers–by far!

Well, that’s it for today. Thanks so much for reading this, and if you like my blogs and Feeling Good Podcasts and FB Broadcasts, and the many other free features on my website, www.feelinggood.com, please use your sharing buttons to tell your friends. I am trying to build up my numbers as much as possible, and don’t know a great deal about social media, so anything you can do to spread the word will help.

AND you HAVE BEEN helping a lot already! Last month, (April 2018) my Feeling Good Podcasts with my esteemed host, Dr. Fabrice Nye, had more than 52,000 downloads. That’s a new record for us, so THANK YOU! I’d love to see those numbers soar even higher!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

Coming in less than three weeks!

High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will also leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

 

 

David’s Tuesday Tips (#3)*

David’s Tuesday Tips (#3)*

Here’s your paradoxical tip of the day!

Therapists’ perceptions of how patients feel–the severity of symptoms–tend to be extremely inaccurate, at best, but most therapists are not aware of this.

What does this mean? Is it true? And if so, what are the consequences?

Is there a solution to this problem? And what, if anything, does the solution have to do with the first of four “Great Deaths” of the therapists ego?

Use the Reply / Comment feature below to let us to know how you understand today’s tip.

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

Coming Soon!

High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will also leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

 

 

The Solution to Tuesday Tip (#2)*

The Solution to Tuesday Tip (#2)*

This was my “puzzle” (the paradoxical Tuesday tip) for yesterday:

The failure to set the agenda is the cause of nearly all therapeutic failure.

Several of you commented, and a couple of you nailed it. This one was, perhaps, a bit too easy or obvious.

But what it means is that we all have mixed feelings about recovery, or change. If you’re depressed or anxious, you may be miserable, but a part of you may want to hang on to your depression and anxiety. One of the key features of TEAM-CBT is that we bring the patient’s resistance to conscious awareness quickly, and before using any M = Methods to help the patient change. The methods I have developed will be unfamiliar to most therapists, but they can be incredibly helpful and can greatly accelerate recovery.

But most therapists do not know how to reduce resistance, and may not even know that they need to do this. So they jump right in to help, save, or rescue the patient. But if the patient has ambivalent feelings about change, he or she will probably resist the therapist’s efforts. And this is why therapy fails.

Hundreds of therapists have approached me during breaks at workshops, or during my training groups at Stanford, and asked for help with this or that challenging patient who appears to be stuck in therapy. In 100% of these cases, the therapist did not know how to address resistance and did not know how to make the patient accountable.

In all of the many controlled outcome studies for depression that I’m familiar with, using any school of psychotherapy, it seems that a good 50% of the patients, or even more, do not reach the criteria for improvement during the study. I believe this is because tools to deal with resistance are almost never included in these studies.

Well that’s it for today!

Next Tuesday, look for “Tip / Puzzle #3!”

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

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High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!

 

 

David’s Tuesday Tips (#2)*

David’s Tuesday Tips (#2)*

Here’s your paradoxical tip of the day!

The failure to set the agenda is the cause of nearly all therapeutic failure.

 

Use the Reply / Comment feature below to let us to know how you understand today’s tip.

Thanks!

David

* Copyright © 2018 by David D. Burns, MD.

Coming Soon!

High-Speed TEAM-CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders 

I warmly invite you to attend this fabulous, one-day workshop by Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt on Sunday, May 20th, 2018. Click on the link above for registration information.

  • 6 CE Credits
  • The cost is $135
  • You can join in person or online from wherever you live!

You will enjoy learning from David and Jill, working together to bring powerful, healing techniques to life in a clear, step-by-step way. Their teaching style is entertaining, funny, lucid, and inspiring. This is a day you will remember fondly!

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to do some personal healing so you can overcome your own feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. David and Jill promise to bring at least 60% of the audience into a state of spiritual and psychological enlightenment, WITHOUT years of meditation. That’s not a bad deal!

You will also leave this workshop with renewed confidence as well as specific, powerful tools that you can use right away to improve your clinical outcomes!

You will LOVE this workshop. Seating for those who attend live in Palo Alto will be strictly limited, and seats are filling up fast, so move rapidly if you are interested. Online slots are also limited.

Jill and I hope you can join us!