I’m back from my two-day trauma workshop in Lancaster, Pa and eager to connect with all of you again! The workshop was extremely well received, and the live demonstration on the evening of Day 1 received one of the highest ratings ever for one of my workshops. The woman who volunteered was exceptionally courageous and touched the hearts of the many people who observed.
You can still purchase the recordings of the workshop or the live demonstration if you want to attend this workshop–CE credits are available, too!
Tomorrow, the David and Jill Show returns on Facebook live, with special guest Mike Christensen, at 3 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will describe powerful, drug-free treatment methods for OCD and will answer your questions as well. If you can’t catch us live, you can listen any time you want, as the broadcasts can all be accessed 24 hours a day on my public FB Page.
Here are some cool new stats, thanks to all of you!
My weekly Feeling Good Broadcasts with host Fabrice Nye had more than 46,000 downloads this month–a new record! The live therapy with Daisy partially accounted for this increase. That show was a profoundly appreciated many people who wrote to thank Daisy following the show. Daisy has contributed greatly to our podcasts, and to all of you, too. The live sessions we’ve done have been by far the most impactful, so Fabrice and I hope to do more live work for you.
My website, www.FeelingGood.com, received nearly 45,000 hits this month–another new record!
My Sunday FB Broadcasts are now watched by 1,500 to 2,000 people each week. If you like it, tell your friends so I can grow this audience, too. Jill and Mike Christensen are both fabulous guests / co-hosts, and I am honored to able to work with them!
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 all kinds of 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!
During the show, we will also answer questions from those who attend the show live. We’ll have a lot of energy and ideas to share, so join us if you can!
The Feeling Good Podcast last Monday–live therapy with Daisy–also drew exceptionally well and was enthusiastically received. In fact, this month it looks like we will set a new record with more than 40,000 downloads! Thank you all for your support!
During the session with Daisy, we address the question, “What’s the secret of a meaningful life?” We also discuss the empowerment of women, and the intimidating messages women often hear from society, and from families when growing up. Make sure you catch it if you have not listened yet!
Also, remember to register for the one-day David and Jill workshop on Sunday, May 20, 2018. It’s for mental health professionals. You’ll have a chance to learn the latest TEAM-CBT techniques and work on your own insecurities and feelings of self-doubt as well. We promise to bring roughly 60% of the audience into a state of joyous enlightenment, so don’t miss it!
Advanced, High-Speed TEAM-CBT for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety:
A Workshop for Therapists with Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt
Sunday May 20th 9am-4pm Pacific Time (12-7pm Eastern Time)
One day workshop–Attend Live in Palo Alto, CA or live-streamed online
Warning: This podcast includes raw and disturbing material that may be upsetting to some listeners. If you are concerned that your own feelings may be triggered, it might be wise to skip the program.
Fabrice begins with another question on OCD—if you successfully extinguish the symptoms with Exposure and Response prevention, would they just resurface in some other form, such as worrying, or some other anxiety disorder. David agrees, and describes the solution to this problem.
Then David describes his treatment of a pregnant woman with OCD who was afraid her baby would be switched at the hospital so that she’d end up with the wrong baby. Although she rationally recognized that this fear was irrational, she could not shake it from her mind, and obsessed about it constantly.
After trying more than 30 CBT techniques that did not work, David used the What-If Technique to pinpoint her deepest fear, which turned out to be quite shocking, to say the least. He then encouraged her, with some reluctance, to confront this fear using Cognitive Flooding.
After describing the surprising outcome, David and Fabrice discuss the fact that 75% of American therapists are afraid to use Exposure Techniques because of the fear that the patient is too fragile, or they will re-traumatize the patient. David reminds us that this is “reverse hypnosis,” where the patient hypnotizes the therapist into believing something that is not true. If the patient is successful, and the therapist agrees not to use Exposure, the prognosis for effective treatment is quite poor. David gives an example of a therapist who was afraid to ask an OCD patient to drink one ounce of coca cola—something the patient feared would drive him into insanity!
Can OCD Be Cured? — More Examples of the Hidden Emotion Technique
In this podcast, David describes his treatment of a physician with OCD who was tortured by the fear that he would impulsively throw his newborn baby over the railing of his second-floor apartment. He also describes a psychologist with OCD who washed her hands more than 50 times a day for fear of contamination. In addition, she spent hours every day making sure that nothing in her house was arranged in groups of three—including furniture, table settings, decorative objects, magazines on tables, and so forth. Arrangements in groups of 2 were okay, as were groups of 4, 5 or more objects. Why was she so obsessed?
What were the hidden emotions that fueled these obsessions and compulsions? David and Fabrice will give you the chance to pause the recording on three occasions to jot down your hypotheses before they give you the answers. It won’t be important to get it “right,” but it is highly desirable to take a stab at it.
This podcast will be of interest to you if you or a loved one is struggling with OCD, or any form of anxiety, including phobias, panic attacks, chronic worrying, and so forth. That’s because the hidden emotion phenomenon, or excessive “niceness,” may be a the root of your fears as well. Bringing those feelings to conscious awareness will often lead to sudden relief, or even a complete elimination of your symptoms.
In the next Feeling Good Podcast, David and Fabrice will describe dramatic examples of exposure and response prevention in the treatment of OCD, including a woman who was tortured by the fear that she’d received the wrong baby at the hospital after her first child was born. What causes these bizarre symptoms, and what’s the most effective treatment? Stayed tuned and you’ll find out!