Emotion Focused Therapy – An Interview with Dr. Les Greenberg

Les Greenberg, Ph.D., primary originator and developer of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) runs the training clinic in affiliation with the York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC), a state-of-the-art community mental health and training center associated with the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Health at York University in Toronto. He is the author of numerous books, recognized as classics in the field, including Emotion in Psychotherapy (1987, with Jeremy Saffron) and Emotion-Focused Therapy: Coaching Clients to Work through Their Feelings (2002). According to Dr. Greenberg (2004), “Emotion is foundational in the construction of the self and a key determinant of self-organization.”

Dr. Greenberg and interviewer Dr. Lisa Firestone address a wide range of topics: people’s fear of expressing emotion, adaptive and maladaptive anger, vulnerability, self-compassion versus the harsh inner critic, methods for treating anxiety, and couples therapy. “Theoretically, when I say change emotion with emotion, the most fundamental way of looking at it is, in fear and shame you’re organized by your emotion to run away…in empowered anger, you’re organized to puff up and thrust forward…The anger changes the fear.” Dr. Greenberg sheds new light on how memories from the past can be “re-consolidated” during a therapy session. “We need to activate the old painful memory, introduce a new experience within 10 minutes or so and that’s likely to change your experience of the past.”

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The Science of Emotion: An Interview with Jaak Panksepp

Dr. Jaak Panksepp is a renowned neuroscientist and psychobiologist, and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions (1998) as well as Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions (with Lucy Bevin) (2012).

In describing his research, Dr. Panksepp notes, “My goal for the past half-century has been to understand the neural nature of primal human emotional feelings by studying evolutionarily related feelings in animal models…It is becoming clear that these primal emotional systems, SEEKING (enthusiasm), RAGE(anger), FEAR, (anger), CARE, (maternal devotion) PANIC (sadness) and PLAY (social joy), are evolutionarily related across mammalian species, and three—namely those that mediate enthusiasm, sadness and social joy are especially important for understanding the genesis of depression.”

In these two DVDs, Dr. Panksepp discusses the basic emotional systems, the neural foundations of awareness, experience, and dreaming, and the implications of his findings for clinicians, educators, and parents. His deep understanding of the neurosciences and of animal and human emotions has already contributed significantly to the treatment of depression. The conversation is lively, illuminating, and at times, even humorous, as for example, when Dr Panksepp demonstrates how he “discovered’ laughter in rats, for which he is well-known in the popular press.

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Mindfulness Films

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Early Attachment and Trauma: An Interview with Dr. Felicity de Zulueta

Felicity De Zulueta DVD coverDr. Felicity de Zulueta is a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst, who specializes in trauma and attachment patterns. Dr. de Zulueta developed and headed the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital in London, where she is the Emeritus Consultant Physician. She has been an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry and Kings College London. Additionally, Dr. de Zulueta is a founding member of WAVE, the International Attachment Network and the Mindful Policy Group. Her book From Pain to Violence is notable for providing a detailed overview of the traumatic roots of violent behavior.

In this DVD, Dr. de Zulueta discusses early attachment, trauma and the roots of violence. She begins by emphasizing the importance of early mother-child interactions, because the brain is essentially being “programmed” in those early years and “children to begin to learn unconsciously and biologically to modulate feelings of all kinds.” Dr. de Zulueta describes the four main types of attachment, how they are formed and how they affect individuals throughout their lives. She also discusses the roots of violent behavior as well as effective treatments for both violence and trauma.

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Dr. Peter Levine and the Somatic Experiencing Approach to Trauma

untitledPeter A. Levine, Ph.D. is a prominent expert in the field of Trauma. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and the Director of The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Dr. Levine holds doctorate degrees in both Medical Biophysics and in Psychology. He spent 35 years studying stress and trauma and has contributed to numerous scientific and popular publications. He has authored several books, including international best seller, Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma and his most recent book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.

In this video, Dr. Peter Levine illuminates the Somatic Experiencing Approach to treating trauma. He begins by discussing the origins of his work in trauma and what lead him to develop the Somatic Experiencing Approach. Dr. Levine describes how this approach helps heal trauma. He offers various examples of how the Somatic Experiencing Approach has been applied successfully, including treating children, veterans suffering from PTSD, and groups who have recently experienced a natural disaster. This video not only gives the viewer the opportunity to understand Dr. Levine’s methodology, but it also offers a rare opportunity to watch him practice this approach with patients.

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An Existential Approach to Dealing with Emotional Trauma: An Interview with Robert Stolorow

Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst and philosopher, well known for his works on intersubjectivity theory, post-Cartesian psychoanalysis, and emotional trauma. He is a Founding Faculty Member at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City. He is the author and co-author of several books, including World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (2011) and Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections (2007).

In this interview, Dr. Robert Stolorow presents an existential approach to dealing with trauma. He begins by discussing his personal experience of traumatic loss and how he came to understand that the essence of trauma, looked at phenomenologically, is overwhelming emotional pain.” He also explains that what is overwhelming about the emotional pain and what makes it unendurable is when one has to endure it alone. He talks about how his in-depth study of existential analysis further informed his understanding of emotional trauma. Dr.Stolorow goes on to explain the therapeutic process of treating trauma, highlighting the importance of the therapist-patient relationship. He points out that the therapist can provide the “relational home” where the patient’s pain no longer has to be borne alone.

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Achieving Lasting Change: An Interview with John Norcross

COVERJohn C. Norcross, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on behavioral change, as well as a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Norcross specializes in psychotherapy, clinical training and behavioral change. Dr. Norcross has authored over 300 publications and edited or co-written 22 professional books, including his acclaimed self-help book Changeology.

In this DVD, Dr. John Norcross discusses Changeology, a scientifically proven approach to self-change. He explains how change unfolds in a series of steps and outlines in detail the lives steps in the process of change. Dr. Norcross shows how psychotherapists and/or individuals can tailor their treatment to match whichever stage of change a person may be in. “We hope that by looking at the science of change,” Dr. Norcross says, “Both self- changers in their home environments and psychotherapists in the consulting rooms will be working smarter, doing the right thing at the right time.” Finally, Dr. Norcross discusses what does and does not work in therapy, as well as the future of integrative therapy.

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Overcome Your Inner Critic eCourse

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Mindfulness in Everyday Life: An Interview with Donna Rockwell

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Donna Rockwell, Psy.D., L.P. is a licensed clinical psychologist, adjunct faculty member, community outreach worker, columnist, and mindfulness meditation teacher. Dr. Rockwell specializes in both mindfulness and celebrity mental health. She works with clients in her private practice and teaches public meditation classes.

In this DVD, Dr. Donna Rockwell makes an inspiring case for incorporating mindfulness practices into everyday life. She begins by defining the goal of meditation as training the mind to return to the present moment and throughout the interview, she offers mindfulness tips and practices that can help you return to the present moment throughout the day. Dr. Rockwell highlights the many benefits of mindfulness, both physically and psychologically, including the impact of mindfulness on stress reduction. Additionally, Dr. Rockwell offers insight into how mindfulness practices can be applied to all aspects of life from self-understanding to relationships and parenting. She concludes her interview by leading a few short meditation practices.

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From the Polarized Mind to Awe: An Existential Humanistic Approach to Life: An Interview with Dr. Kirk Schneider

Kirk Schneider DVD coverKirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a leading spokesperson for existential-humanistic psychology and the recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Schneider is an adjunct faculty member of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and the author/editor of 10 books, including The Polarized Mind and Awakening to Awe.

In this DVD, Dr. Kirk Schneider offers his insights into the “transformational power of awe, which he depicts as “the wonder and sense of adventure toward living,” He provides an historical and a deeply personal perspective on its varied dimensions. He emphasizes how a sense of awe can change people’s lives, saying that “for me at least, it’s being in touch with the fuller ranges of my experiences, from my deepest dreads to my most dazzling desires and fascinations.” Dr. Schneider describes ‘romantic awe’ as it is manifested in intimate relationships and stresses the importance of therapists and parents developing a sense of awe. Dr. Schneider goes on to elucidate his concept of the “polarized mind” which he defines as “the fixation on a single point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view.” He refers to this rigid way of thinking as “a psychological plague of humanity” and delineates its profoundly destructive effects on individuals and societies throughout history. To challenge such rigidity, he encourages the cultivation of a more meaningful life by learning to look at one’s life through the lenses of transience, the unknowing, surprise, vastness, sentiment, and solitude.

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