208 The Motivation Revolution

David Burns

David BurnsSymposium 2013 Keynoter David Burns is one of the most original thinkers in the mental health field. A central figure in the development of cognitive therapy, he now believes that joining any “school” of psychotherapy or adhering to any theoretical orthodoxy (which he compares to cults) tends to blind clinicians to the unique, idiosyncratic circumstances of real clients. In his address, he discusses:

  • a paradoxical approach to therapy that “encourages” resistance and turns it inside out to promote genuine motivation for making a real change
  • the eight different types of resistance and how they arise in therapy
  • the “benefits” clients receive by staying stuck in a state of depression, addiction, or anxiety


David Burns, MD, is adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His books Feeling Good and Feeling Good Handbook have sold more than five million copies worldwide. Website: http://www.feelinggood.com/


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