When Helping Doesn't Help

What to Do When Your Client Doesn't Want to Change

David Burns • 3/20/2017

By David Burns - What if a client's resistance to change reveals something positive, beautiful, and even healthy about them—something that we’ve overlooked? If we can learn to put unconscious resistance front and center in our clinical work, we can lessen or even eliminate our clients’ resistance altogether.

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When Helping Doesn't Help

Why Some Clients May Not Want to Change

David Burns • 3/13/2017

Rather than just commiserating with clients’ misery, most therapists want to engage in more active forms of helping. So we try to persuade clients compassionately, gently, patiently—to make use of the various tools and techniques we know will work, if only they’d just try them. For some, this results in a quick recovery. But what about the clients who seem impervious to all our heartfelt efforts?

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VIDEO: David Burns on Overcoming Resistance

Exploring Why Your Clients Might Be Reluctant to Change

David Burns • 6/6/2016

Do you have a client who you can't seem to help, no matter what techniques you try? In this brief video, master clinician David Burns—one of the developers of CBT and an expert in treating depression and anxiety—explains why we shouldn't automatically assume that clients actually want to change the problems they initially present in treatment.

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VIDEO: New Networker Master Class Series! Overcoming Resistance with David Burns

The Secret to Better Outcomes in Less Time

David Burns, Rich Simon • 5/26/2016

According to David Burns, MD, one of the originators of CBT and an expert in treating depression and anxiety, too often therapists ignore clients’ aversion to change. So he's developed a powerful approach to overcoming client resistance — once and for all. In our new online Master Class, Overcoming Resistance with Dr. David Burns: The Secret to Better Outcomes in Less Time, you can learn how David applies his evidence-based TEAM approach to motivate clients toward change and increase positive outcomes.

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VIDEO: Treating Anxiety

David Burns on the Paradox of Resistance

David Burns • 9/4/2015

According to expert David Burns, author of When Panic Attacks, the biggest barrier to treating anxiety successfully is recognizing how clients covertly hold onto their symptoms, even when it causes them enormous distress. In this video, David explains how he addresses outcome and process resistance in a way that quickly leads to meaningful and lasting change.

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Getting to the Hidden Cause of Anxiety

David Burns on the Origin of His Hidden Emotion Technique

David Burns • 7/1/2015

When I first began my career in CBT, it seemed to work a lot better than medications and talk therapy, and clients liked it. Sometimes, the results were fast and spectacular. But something was missing. It seemed obvious that negative thoughts triggered anxiety, but what caused the negative thoughts? What was it inside a person that made him or her so vulnerable to intense anxiety and insecurity? Then one day, one of my patients got me to thinking about anxiety in an entirely new way.

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Living With the Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but not to Change

David Burns • 7/1/2014

As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.

 

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Living With The Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but not to Change

David Burns • 1/10/2013

As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.

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RONALD D SIEGEL, PSY.D.
 
DAVID BURNS, M.D
 
DON MEICHENBAUM, PH.D.
 
TARA BRACH, PH.D.
 
DIANE POOLE HELLER, PHD
 
GARY SMALL, M.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
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When Helping Doesn't Help

What to Do When Your Client Doesn't Want to Change

David Burns • 3/20/2017

By David Burns - What if a client's resistance to change reveals something positive, beautiful, and even healthy about them—something that we’ve overlooked? If we can learn to put unconscious resistance front and center in our clinical work, we can lessen or even eliminate our clients’ resistance altogether.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: David Burns on Overcoming Resistance

Exploring Why Your Clients Might Be Reluctant to Change

David Burns • 6/6/2016

Do you have a client who you can't seem to help, no matter what techniques you try? In this brief video, master clinician David Burns—one of the developers of CBT and an expert in treating depression and anxiety—explains why we shouldn't automatically assume that clients actually want to change the problems they initially present in treatment.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: New Networker Master Class Series! Overcoming Resistance with David Burns

The Secret to Better Outcomes in Less Time

David Burns, Rich Simon • 5/26/2016

According to David Burns, MD, one of the originators of CBT and an expert in treating depression and anxiety, too often therapists ignore clients’ aversion to change. So he's developed a powerful approach to overcoming client resistance — once and for all. In our new online Master Class, Overcoming Resistance with Dr. David Burns: The Secret to Better Outcomes in Less Time, you can learn how David applies his evidence-based TEAM approach to motivate clients toward change and increase positive outcomes.

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Treating Anxiety

David Burns on the Paradox of Resistance

David Burns • 9/4/2015

According to expert David Burns, author of When Panic Attacks, the biggest barrier to treating anxiety successfully is recognizing how clients covertly hold onto their symptoms, even when it causes them enormous distress. In this video, David explains how he addresses outcome and process resistance in a way that quickly leads to meaningful and lasting change.

Daily Blog

Getting to the Hidden Cause of Anxiety

David Burns on the Origin of His Hidden Emotion Technique

David Burns • 7/1/2015

When I first began my career in CBT, it seemed to work a lot better than medications and talk therapy, and clients liked it. Sometimes, the results were fast and spectacular. But something was missing. It seemed obvious that negative thoughts triggered anxiety, but what caused the negative thoughts? What was it inside a person that made him or her so vulnerable to intense anxiety and insecurity? Then one day, one of my patients got me to thinking about anxiety in an entirely new way.

Daily Blog

Living With the Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but not to Change

David Burns • 7/1/2014

As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.

 

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When Helping Doesn't Help

Why Some Clients May Not Want to Change

David Burns • 3/13/2017

Rather than just commiserating with clients’ misery, most therapists want to engage in more active forms of helping. So we try to persuade clients compassionately, gently, patiently—to make use of the various tools and techniques we know will work, if only they’d just try them. For some, this results in a quick recovery. But what about the clients who seem impervious to all our heartfelt efforts?

Magazine Article

Living With The Devil We Know

We May be Anxious, but not to Change

David Burns • 1/10/2013

As therapists, we typically assume that a person suffering from severe anxiety is eager and motivated to receive the help we offer. But we should never naively underestimate clients’ hidden antipathy to change, despite their discomfort.

Magazine Article
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David Burns, psychiatrist, behavioral science researcher, and author of eleven books, including the phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, 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 Burns's view, today's therapists radically underestimate clients' reluctance to change the status quo of their lives, despite their apparent discomfort and suffering.