How Therapy Works
#22 Depression, Part 1

#22 Depression, Part 1

October 8, 2020

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!

#21 Pride, Guilt, Shame: The Why, How, and What to Do

#21 Pride, Guilt, Shame: The Why, How, and What to Do

September 24, 2020

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.

#20 The Role of Thoughts and How to Work With Them

#20 The Role of Thoughts and How to Work With Them

September 10, 2020

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!

#19:  Handling Emotions in Therapy

#19: Handling Emotions in Therapy

August 13, 2020

Companion to Chapter 16, this podcast looks at how emotions can mean different things and how to work with them in your sessions.

#18 Addictions

#18 Addictions

July 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.

#17 Behavior Patterns That Avoid Feeling, Continued

#17 Behavior Patterns That Avoid Feeling, Continued

July 2, 2020

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.

#16 Catalog of Pathologies: Behavior to Avoid Feeling

#16 Catalog of Pathologies: Behavior to Avoid Feeling

June 18, 2020

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.

#15 Adjustments to make therapy fit with your cliient

#15 Adjustments to make therapy fit with your cliient

June 4, 2020

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.

#14 The inner child vs. transference, an important episode

#14 The inner child vs. transference, an important episode

May 21, 2020

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

#13 The Therapeutic Relationship

#13 The Therapeutic Relationship

May 7, 2020

We explore the therapeutic relationship and how best to manage it, corresponding to Chapter 11 in the book, Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide.

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