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153: Ask David: Is it okay to touch patients? Does depression ALWAYS result from distorted thoughts? And more!

153: Ask David: Is it okay to touch patients? Does depression ALWAYS result from distorted thoughts? And more!

New Ask David Questions

  1. Kelly asks: Would love to hear a podcast about to use or not to use touch in therapy. I personally feel touch is extremely helpful (what is more natural than to hug or put a hand on someone hurting), however I believe our profession has become so “professionalized” that is leaves out such a power act of healing. Did you ever use touch when you were practicing, and do you feel it is appropriate?
  2. Against Machines Taking Over asks: You say that depression always results from distorted thoughts. But the sadness that results from a failure, rejection, or disappointment is not distorted. Can you explain a bit more about this?
  3. Against Machines Taking Over also asks: Is there something you used to advocate for before but then you changed your mind?
  4. Eduardo asks: How do you treat hypochondriasis. Almost all articles and advices I’ve read for hypochondriasis try to cover the writer’s back by first and foremost telling you that you should get yourself checked for real causes for your concern.
  5. Eduardo also asks: I’ve been struggling with anxiety, and after reading When Panic Attacks, I got very interested in giving The Hidden Emotion model a try, but it seems to be structure-less. It seems to require a lot of detective work with no clear sheet or procedure. It’s just Detective Work, and then do something about it. Is there some newer technique to dig into what’s eating you?

You can reach Dr. Burns at david@feelinggood.com. Dr. Rhonda Barovsky practices in Walnut Creek, California, and can be reached at rbarovsky@aol.com. She is a Certified TEAM-CBT therapist and specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. She also does forensic work in family court, but finds TEAM-CBT to be way more rewarding!

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You may have missed the Calgary and South San Francisco intensives, but there will be two more awesome workshops
for you this fall.

High-Speed Treatment of Depression
and Anxiety Disorders

A Four-Day TEAM-CBT Advanced Intensive

November 4 – 7, 2019
The Atlanta, Georgia Intensive

Sponsored by Praxis

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I also have a tremendous one-day workshop scheduled with my colleague, Dr. Jill Levitt, that will be potentially life- and career-changing (really!) You will learn powerful skills that will boost your clinical effectiveness and improve your relationships with friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

Advanced Empathy Tools for Connecting
with Challenging Patients,
Colleagues, Friends, and Loved Ones

With Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt

Oct 6, 2019 | 7 CE hours, $135

Do you have a patient, colleague, friend or loved one who:

  • Complains endlessly but doesn’t listen to any of your good advice?
  • Appears irate, but insists s/he isn’t upset?
  • Refuses to express his / her feelings?
  • Never listens?
  • Argues, and always has to be right?
  • Always has to be in control?
  • Is relentlessly critical?
  • “Yes-but’s” when you try to make a point?
  • Insists you don’t really care—or understand—when you think you do?

Then you’re going to LOVE this workshop with David and Jill. You’ll learn about–

  • The Powerful “Law of Opposites”
  • How to find out how your patients really feel about you–if you dare!
  • How to transform therapeutic failure into success
  • How to talk to people who refuse to talk to you

You’ll also learn–

  • Why your worst therapeutic failure is actually your greatest success in disguise
  • The fine points of the Five Secrets of Effective Communication
  • Three Advanced Empathy Techniques: Multiple Choice Empathy, Changing the Focus, and Positive Reframing
  • And more

There will be lots of small group practice with expert feedback and mentoring to help you refine your skills!

Attend in person or
from your home via Live Streaming

Sign up early because we always sell-out for the in-person seats. Of course, there will be lots of skilled trainers to help the online participants with the small group exercises, so you’ll have a great experience either way.

My one-day workshops with Dr. Levitt are usually pretty awesome! It is always an honor to teach with Jill!

Learn More & Register

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Coming up in 2020

High Speed Methods to Reduce Resistance
and Boost Motivation

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

With Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt

May 17, 2020 | 7 CE hours. $135

Learn More & Register

Blow Out Sale! When Panic Attacks!

Blow Out Sale! When Panic Attacks!

The 1 Dollar 99 Cents Anxiety Cure!

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Hi therapists and patients alike,

In a totally unexpected and awesome development, my publisher has decided to make the eBook of When Panic Attacks available for a limited time for the ridiculously cheap price of $1.99 in the United States and Canada. I was thrilled to hear this, and applaud them for this bold move. When Panic Attacks has been invaluable for therapists and life-changing for thousands of people suffering from every form of anxiety (not just panic attacks).

I don’t know how long this sale will last, so move fast. Get your copy right away–from any book seller you want! It’s already available for this price on Amazon.com and should be available from all booksellers within a few days.

And please note my upcoming PESI workshop on the treatment of anxiety coming up later this week in San Francisco and in just a few days in Portland. Attend in person or join us live online for the Portland workshop which will be live-streamed so you can join from anywhere in the world.

In addition, note my three presentations at the Milton Erikson Brief Therapy Conference in Burlingame, California December 6 – 9, 2018. It promises to be a tremendous event, with chances to hear tons of top presenters.

David

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Some Cool Upcoming Workshops for YOU!

TREAT ANXIETY FAST–

Powerful, Fast-Acting, Drug-Free Techniques 
to Defeat Anxiety & Worry

a 2-day workshop by David D. Burns, MD

November 29 and 30, 2018–San Francisco, CA (in person only)

and

December 3 and 4, Portland, Oregon (in person and live streaming)

PESI is proud to offer an exciting workshop by David Burns, M.D., a pioneer in the development of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Achieve rapid and lasting recovery with all your anxious clients, just as Dr. Burns has done in over 35,000 therapy sessions with severely troubled clients. Become skilled at treating every type of anxiety without drugs.

In this unique 2-day certificate course you’ll master more than 20 treatment techniques to help your clients eliminate the symptoms of anxiety quickly – even your most challenging, resistant clients.

Dr. Burns will illustrate concrete strategies that provide rapid, complete recovery and lasting change for your patients. You’ll learn…

  • How to integrate four powerful treatment models to eliminate symptoms.
  • How to enhance your client’s engagement in therapy.
  • How to develop a treatment plan that specifically targets each client’s unique problems and needs.
  • …and so much more!

David will provide you with guided instruction and share powerful video sessions that capture the actual moment of recovery. You will take away practical strategies to use immediately with any anxious client. Leave this certificate course armed with tools you can use in your very next session!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of America’s most highly acclaimed teachers!

Sponsored by PESI

To register, or for more information, call: 800-844-8260

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Brief Therapy Conference, December 6 – 9, Burlingame, California

Sponsored by the Milton Erikson Foundation

1, Healing Yourself: A Live Demonstration of TEAM-CBT

on Friday, December 7, 2018, from  10:45  – 12:45 PM

Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt will do a live therapy session
with a workshop volunteer.

2. “Great Conversations”

on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from  2:00  – 3:00 PM

Drs. Jeffrey Zeig and David Burns will discuss
treatment strategies for habits and addictions

3. Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance

Keynote Address by Dr. Burns on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from  2:30  – 3:30 PM

Dr. Burns will describe new techniques to reduce therapeutic resistance and trigger rapid recovery from depression, anxiety, and trauma

* * *

Time-Limited Blow Out Sale! When Panic Attacks!

Time-Limited Blow Out Sale! When Panic Attacks!

The 1 Dollar 99 Cents Anxiety Cure!

when panic attacks ebook promo2 (002)

Move Fast–Sale Ends December 9, 2018.

Hi therapists and patients alike,

In a totally unexpected and awesome development, my publisher has decided to make the eBook of When Panic Attacks available for a limited time for the ridiculously cheap price of $1.99 in the United States and Canada. I was thrilled to hear this, and applaud them for this bold move. When Panic Attacks has been invaluable for therapists and life-changing for thousands of people suffering from every form of anxiety (not just panic attacks).

I have heard through the grapevine that this sale will only last until December 9, 2018, so move fast. Get your copy right away–from any book seller you want! It’s already available for this price on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, and should be available from all booksellers by tomorrow if not already.

And please note my upcoming PESI workshop on the treatment of anxiety coming up later this week in San Francisco and early next week in Portland. Attend in person in SF or join us live or online for the Portland workshop which will be live-streamed so you can watch and learn from anywhere in the world.

In addition, note my three presentations at the Milton Erikson Brief Therapy Conference in Burlingame, California December 6 – 9, 2018. It promises to be a tremendous event, with chances to hear tons of top presenters.

I am still looking for volunteers from the workshops for the live demonstrations on the evenings of day 1 of the Anxiety Workshop in SF and Portland. Contact me right away if you plan to attend in person and think you might want help with some form of anxiety, such as public speaking anxiety, social anxiety, and so forth.

I am also looking for a volunteer for the live demonstration I will do with Jill Levitt in Burlingame at the Brief Therapy Conference on the morning of Friday, December 7th. The live work is almost always transformative and provides a tremendous opportunity for the one who volunteers for the “patient role” and for all of those who attend.

So if you think you might be interested in one of these three opportunities, let me know. Please be aware that the live sessions in Burlingame and in Portland (but not SF) will be videotaped for later distribution to therapists. So I am hoping for two brave volunteers who would not mind appearing on video for later generations!

This is a big step, since live work is, of course, quite personal. if you decide to withdraw your consent after the demonstration, you will have the chance to do so, but I hope that won’t happen, especially if the sessions is super-inspirational. Wonderful videos of live therapy work where you see sudden, profound, and lasting change can be extraordinarily helpful.

David

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Some Cool Upcoming Workshops for YOU!

TREAT ANXIETY FAST–

Powerful, Fast-Acting, Drug-Free Techniques 
to Defeat Anxiety & Worry

a 2-day workshop by David D. Burns, MD

November 29 and 30, 2018–San Francisco, CA (in person only)

and

December 3 and 4, Portland, Oregon (in person and live streaming)

PESI is proud to offer an exciting workshop by David Burns, M.D., a pioneer in the development of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Achieve rapid and lasting recovery with all your anxious clients, just as Dr. Burns has done in over 35,000 therapy sessions with severely troubled clients. Become skilled at treating every type of anxiety without drugs.

In this unique 2-day certificate course you’ll master more than 20 treatment techniques to help your clients eliminate the symptoms of anxiety quickly – even your most challenging, resistant clients.

Dr. Burns will illustrate concrete strategies that provide rapid, complete recovery and lasting change for your patients. You’ll learn…

  • How to integrate four powerful treatment models to eliminate symptoms.
  • How to enhance your client’s engagement in therapy.
  • How to develop a treatment plan that specifically targets each client’s unique problems and needs.
  • …and so much more!

David will provide you with guided instruction and share powerful video sessions that capture the actual moment of recovery. You will take away practical strategies to use immediately with any anxious client. Leave this certificate course armed with tools you can use in your very next session!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of America’s most highly acclaimed teachers!

Sponsored by PESI

To register, or for more information, call: 800-844-8260

* * *

Brief Therapy Conference, December 6 – 9, Burlingame, California

Sponsored by the Milton Erikson Foundation

1, Healing Yourself: A Live Demonstration of TEAM-CBT

on Friday, December 7, 2018, from  10:45  – 12:45 PM

Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt will do a live therapy session
with a workshop volunteer.

2. “Great Conversations”

on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from  2:00  – 3:00 PM

Drs. Jeffrey Zeig and David Burns will discuss
treatment strategies for habits and addictions

3. Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance

Keynote Address by Dr. Burns on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from  2:30  – 3:30 PM

Dr. Burns will describe new techniques to reduce therapeutic resistance and trigger rapid recovery from depression, anxiety, and trauma

* * *

Blow Out Sale! When Panic Attacks!

Blow Out Sale! When Panic Attacks!

The 1 Dollar 99 Cents Anxiety Cure!

 

When Panic Attacks ebook promo

Hi therapists and patients alike,

In a totally unexpected and awesome development, my publisher has decided to make the eBook of When Panic Attacks available for a limited time for the ridiculously cheap price of $1.99. I was thrilled to hear this, and applaud them for this bold move. When Panic Attacks has been invaluable for therapists and life-changing for thousands of people suffering from every form of anxiety (not just panic attacks).

I don’t know how long this sale will last, so move fast. Get your copy right away–from any book seller you want! It’s already available for this price on Amazon.com and should be available from all booksellers within a few days.

And please note my upcoming PESI workshop on the treatment of anxiety coming up later this week in San Francisco and in just a few days in Portland. Attend in person or join us live online for the Portland workshop which will be live-streamed so you can join from anywhere in the world.

In addition, note my three presentations at the Milton Erikson Brief Therapy Conference in Burlingame, California December 6 – 9, 2018. It promises to be a tremendous event, with chances to hear tons of top presenters.

David

* * *

A Cool Upcoming Workshop for YOU!

TREAT ANXIETY FAST–

Powerful, Fast-Acting, Drug-Free Techniques 
to Defeat Anxiety & Worry

a 2-day workshop by David D. Burns, MD

November 29 and 30, 2018–San Francisco, CA (in person only)

and

December 3 and 4, Portland, Oregon (in person and live streaming)

PESI is proud to offer an exciting workshop by David Burns, M.D., a pioneer in the development of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Achieve rapid and lasting recovery with all your anxious clients, just as Dr. Burns has done in over 35,000 therapy sessions with severely troubled clients. Become skilled at treating every type of anxiety without drugs.

In this unique 2-day certificate course you’ll master more than 20 treatment techniques to help your clients eliminate the symptoms of anxiety quickly – even your most challenging, resistant clients.

Dr. Burns will illustrate concrete strategies that provide rapid, complete recovery and lasting change for your patients. You’ll learn…

  • How to integrate four powerful treatment models to eliminate symptoms.
  • How to enhance your client’s engagement in therapy.
  • How to develop a treatment plan that specifically targets each client’s unique problems and needs.
  • …and so much more!

David will provide you with guided instruction and share powerful video sessions that capture the actual moment of recovery. You will take away practical strategies to use immediately with any anxious client. Leave this certificate course armed with tools you can use in your very next session!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of America’s most highly acclaimed teachers!

Sponsored by PESI

To register, or for more information, call: 800-844-8260

* * *

Brief Therapy Conference, December 6 – 9, Burlingame, California

Sponsored by the Milton Erikson Foundation

1, Healing Yourself: A Live Demonstration of TEAM-CBT

on Friday, December 7, 2018, from  10:45  – 12:45 PM

Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt will do a live therapy session
with a workshop volunteer.

2. “Great Conversations”

on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from  2:00  – 3:00 PM

Drs. Jeffrey Zeig and David Burns will discuss
treatment strategies for habits and addictions

3. Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance

Keynote Address by Dr. Burns on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from  2:30  – 3:30 PM

Dr. Burns will describe new techniques to reduce therapeutic resistance and trigger rapid recovery from depression, anxiety, and trauma

* * *

My Experience Resonates with Mona!

My Experience Resonates with Mona!

Hello Dr. Burns.

My experience resonates with Mona. Your book, When Panic Attacks, has helped me immensely. It was a turning point in my life. Now I am almost panic free and I am sharing my experience with others so that they can benefit from it.

I always wanted to thank you!

Himanshu

Hi Himanshu,

Thank you for your kind comments, and for giving me the permission to share them on my website. I greatly appreciated it!

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 tons of 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 forward my blogs to friends as well, especially anyone with an interest in mood problems, psychotherapy, or relationship conflicts.

Thanks! David