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Functional Family Therapy for High-Risk Adolescents
In Functional Family Therapy for High-Risk Adolescents, James F. Alexander demonstrates his approach to working with families that have teenage children exhibiting behavior issues and associated emotional disruptions. Teens with behavior problems are one of the most difficult populations with…
Mentalization Based Therapy
Mentalization-based therapy, or MBT, is an evidence-based psychodynamic approach that is rooted in in the field of developmental research with conceptual origins in both psychoanalysis and attachment theory. It is also integrative in nature, as it incorporates elements of cognitive,…
Schema Therapy with Couples
Schema therapy is an innovative, integrated therapeutic approach, originally developed as an expansion of traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments. This therapeutic method blends the active, structured elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with the more depth-oriented and emotion-focused strategies used in other approaches.…
Qualities and Actions of Effective Therapists
In Qualities and Actions of Effective Therapists, Bruce E. Wampold discusses the essential aspects of effective therapy. Although evidence conclusively shows that psychotherapy is effective, evidence also shows that some therapists consistently achieve better outcomes than do others. Research has…
Presence in Psychotherapy
Presence in psychotherapy, considered to be a fundamental underlying quality of an effective therapeutic relationship, is essentially the state of having one's whole self in the encounter with a client by being completely in the moment on a multiplicity of…
Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy for Clients with Anxiety and Panic
In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Clients With Anxiety and Panic, Bunmi O. Olatunji demonstrates this effective and versatile approach to helping clients meaningfully change detrimental patterns in their thoughts and actions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy views anxiety as the result of maladaptive habits…
Culturally Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
In Culturally Informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Dr. Pratyusha Tummala-Narra demonstrates an approach to psychotherapy that skillfully integrates contemporary psychoanalytic theory with multicultural and feminist psychology. Grounded in the understanding that individual development is shaped by interpersonal, sociocultural, and systemic factors, this…
Working With Gay Male Clients
In Working With Gay Male Clients, Douglas C. Haldeman demonstrates his eclectic, relationship-focused approach to therapy with gay men. In working with clients from this population, therapists must be aware of what it means to be part of a stigmatized…
Mental Health Issues in Late Life
The population of people in the United States over the age of 65 is one of the most rapidly growing groups in America. Therefore, it is essential for therapists who work closely with older adults to be able to define…
Adult ADHD
In Adult ADHD, Abigail Levrini and Frances Prevatt demonstrate and discuss their approach to ADHD coaching with adults. ADHD coaching derives from the model used in executive coaching and athletics to help improve performance. Unlike most traditional psychotherapeutic approaches, this…
Mindfulness for Anxiety
Mindfulness is the central ingredient in a growing number of empirically supported treatments, and mindfulness practices hold great promise not only for personal development, but as remarkably powerful tools to augment virtually every form of psychotherapy. In Mindfulness for Anxiety,…
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Strategies
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a system of treatment involving a focus on thinking and its influence on both behavior and feelings, is one of the dominant approaches to psychotherapy. CBT is based on a model of psychopathology that emphasizes the role…
Human and Relational Core of Psychotherapy
The Human and Relational Core of Psychotherapy is a demonstration and discussion of Dr. David N. Elkins's approach to helping clients overcome unresolved issues. In this approach, the therapeutic work focuses on employing the human factors of psychotherapy to facilitate…
Working With Issues of Social Class in Psychotherapy
Dr. William Ming Liu presents his worldview model of psychotherapy, which focuses on the client's personal history and the messages they have received about social class. Dr. Liu interviews the client, a young female from an immigrant family, at length…
Working With Clients With Physical Disabilities
In this video, Dr. Linda R. Mona demonstrates disability affirmative therapy (DAT), a framework for psychotherapy with people with physical disabilities. DAT is a metatheoretical perspective that provides a disability-positive context where specific treatment interventions can be effectively applied. The…
Process of Change in Integrative Therapy
There are many different, yet equally effective, evidence-supported therapies for most psychological problems today. Yet, if different, how can they be equally effective? How can therapists integrate them in practice? In this video, J. Scott Fraser discusses the process paradigm,…
Dream Work in Practice
In this video, Clara E. Hill demonstrates her three-stage model for working with dreams, where she works with the client to explore the dream in detail, find insights by expanding on initial interpretations of the dream, and consolidate those insights…
Relationships: Attachment-Based Family Therapy
Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild emotionally protective, secure relationships between family members. With its unique emphasis on the adolescent's developmental need for attachment and autonomy, ABFT aims to facilitate corrective attachment experiences within the…
The Rorschach Inkblot Test in Practice
The Rorschach Inkblot Test is an iconic, well-known assessment tool consisting of 10 random patterns intended to elicit an interpretive response from the client. Many instruments assess for personality and intelligence, but no other tool measures a person's energy level,…
Working With Caregivers of Those With Dementia
With a continuously increasing aging population in the United States, there has been a commensurate rise in cases of dementia as well as incidences of adults assuming caregiving for family members and spouses. Because dementia is a progressive deterioration in…