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Motivating the Anxious Client: A Paradoxical Approach with David Burns

Treating Anxiety: The Latest Advances: NP0044 – Session 1

Dramatically shorten treatment time and improve clinical effectiveness with a new powerful motivational approach to anxiety and other presenting problems. Join David Burns as he uncovers and dispels resistance to treatment and enhances collaboration between therapist and client.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email

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4 Responses to Motivating the Anxious Client: A Paradoxical Approach with David Burns

  1. Nancy Ross says:

    While I’m late in logging into the comment board, I did want to say how much I got just out the interview and how it stimulated my thinking–not only when I wear my therapy hat, but when I’m working with other disciplines as a divorce coach on teams (lawyer and client and ‘coach’ team-up in our Collaborative modelto challenge clients to be the best they can be in extremely trying circumstances.) So dealing with resistance and having actual ‘in vivo’opportunities to implement experimental approaches is really helpful and I hope gives all of us some creative license to be the best we can be as well.

  2. phyllisbookbinder says:

    This session will be very valuable to me in my practice. Aligning with the client and giving them an opportunity to get put of their own way seemed simple, yet with profound results. I can see where a whole training session with Doctor Burns would be of great benefit to therapist resulting in many clients with happier lives. Thank You.

  3. mrsakris says:

    I’m finally having the opportunity to listen to the webcasts and catch up. What a great introduction to the series! David, you are a very engaging therapist, and it’s clear that your years of experience have afforded you enough stories and examples to train therapists for a very long time. I am both educated and entertained by your examples. My educational history in psychotherapy is from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In particular, I was trained through the Contemplative Psychotherapy program which is highly tied to Buddhism. The best part of your short training here is the fact that you gave me a new appreciation for CBT. I haven’t used it much, but I can see that it could be of great use. My training focuses on helping the client find acceptance in how they feel in the moment. It is essentially mindfulness training, and useful only in certain clients. Have you ever found this to be an approach that works for anxiety in any of your clients? In all honesty, I haven’t, unless the client’s anxiety is not really the issue at hand, which, too, is often the case. There is digging to be done (the setup that you spoke of) to determine just what aspect of the client’s experience should be addressed first. Since CBT was the predominant in your delivery in this webcast, do CBT techniques work the best for extreme cases? How does this fit in with war veterans? Do you have other favorite techniques?

    Many thanks for insights in the webcasts!


  4. carterranta says:

    Thank you Dr. Burns. I am amazed by the comment you make about becoming part of the client’s thinking. This is an exciting technique and I plan on doing more reading and learning because of this interview. Carole Ranta. LCPC, Maryland

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