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How Therapy Works
33 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
#26 Our Final Podcast: What the Affect Avoidance Model Means to You
Following Chapter 22 in the book, we discuss the significance and future of the approach presented here, based on facilitating the universal processes that allow change in psychotherapy.
42 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
#25 Working with Trauma, PTSD, and Dissociation
Continuing our catalog of problems and how to approach them in therapy, we look at trauma, the damage it can do, and how to work with these issues. This episode parallels Chapter 21 in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide.
40 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
#24 Digging into Anxiety
In this episode, we look at the many and critically important problems related to anxiety and how psychotherapy can help. This episode runs parallel to Chapter 20 in Psychotherapy a Practical Guide.
42 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
#23 Depression, Part 2.
In this episode, we continue our discussion of depression, starting with conditions that may look like depression but aren't. We go on to discuss treatment principles in a continuation of Chapter 19 in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide.
44 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
#22 Depression, Part 1
In this episode we begin to look at those problems that are not chosen voluntarily but are unwelcome visitors. They include depression, anxiety and dissociation, and this is part one of our discussion of depression. We hope you enjoy it, and, at last, we are asking for comments. Please!
47 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
#21 Pride, Guilt, Shame: The Why, How, and What to Do
This time we tackle the special emotions that are products of the conscience and the internalized values, attitudes, ideals, and prohibitions that underlie our judgments. This important chapter (17) tells how these emotions are different and what therapists can do to help.
34 minutes | Sep 10, 2020
#20 The Role of Thoughts and How to Work With Them
In this episode we explore what some call automatic thoughts and others call free associations, and how to work with them. In parallel with Chapter 18 in the textbook we look at the purpose they serve and how to work with them. And we finally ask listeners to comment! Please!
55 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
#19: Handling Emotions in Therapy
Companion to Chapter 16, this podcast looks at how emotions can mean different things and how to work with them in your sessions.
48 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
All about addiction, what it is, why it happens, and how to help individuals and their families deal with the devastating effects of the compulsion to use mood altering chemicals and other compulsive behaviors. This is one of Dr. Smith's specialties. Follows Chapter 15 in the book.
45 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
#17 Behavior Patterns That Avoid Feeling, Continued
This episode covers "hidden agendas," "guilty quests," and avoiding painful feelings by avoiding experiences altogether. Each of these behavioral patterns can lead to real suffering and loss, and working with them is an important aspect of our work as therapists.
54 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
#16 Catalog of Pathologies: Behavior to Avoid Feeling
This is the first of our final series describing all the problems you are likely to encounter that psychotherapy can address. In this companion to the first half of Chapter 14, we look at voluntary avoidance, nonverbal schemas, reenactment and acting out. With each type of problem, we discuss some of the challenges and solutions that will help make the therapy clear and successful.
49 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
#15 Adjustments to make therapy fit with your cliient
This is the last of the "how to" chapters and covers issues like how much to talk, how to work with different attachment styles and how to decide about homework. The next chapter begins the final section on what different kinds of problems you will encounter as a therapist and how to work with them.
50 minutes | May 21, 2020
#14 The inner child vs. transference, an important episode
Why Dr. Smith has traded the concept of transference for that of the inner child, and how to work with this alternative approach. Accompanies Chapter 12 in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide
32 minutes | May 7, 2020
#13 The Therapeutic Relationship
We explore the therapeutic relationship and how best to manage it, corresponding to Chapter 11 in the book, Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide.
19 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
#12 How to Guide Therapy Sessions, Part 2
We continue with a look at the cycles and phases of therapy and how some change processes take place over a longer time course than others, (before moving on to the next episode on the therapeutic relationship).
34 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
#11 How to Guide Therapy Sessions, Part 1
In this episode, we discuss how to begin sessions, how to follow the flow, when to intervene, and when not to in a generic form of psychotherapy adaptable to any style or orientation.
30 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
#10 How to Conduct the First Session of Talk Therapy
This episode is the beginning of part II, focusing on what therapists actually do, and how to go about it. The companion chapter of the book presents ideas and principles regarding the first session. We use an approach that is generic and adaptable to any kind of talk therapy.
54 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
#9 A Clinician's Primer on Psychological Development
In this episode, corresponding to Chapter 8 in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide, we give therapists a concise guide to those developmental periods and steps where problems are most likely to affect clients in their adult lives and where understanding has an important role in helping clinicians make sense of what they see.
43 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
#8 Motivation's Role in Therapy
Motivation from within and without is a very important factor affecting every therapy. In this episode, a companion to Chapter 7 in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide, we explore all the ins and outs of this critical factor.
32 minutes | Feb 8, 2020
#7 How Relationship Brings Healing
Paired to chapter 6 in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide, we delve into just how connection leads to mindfulness and mindfulness leads to the healing of painful emotions, especially from loss, trauma, and neglect. See Dr. Smith's website www.howtherapyworks.com and tell us about your experiences.
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