Does Your Depressed Client Even Want to Change?
David Burns on Using Paradoxical Agenda Setting
When clients seeks therapeutic help for depression, often the immediate response is to help them change certain aspects of their lives. But what if the client isn't actively seeking change?
David Burns, author of When Panic Attacks and Feeling Good, has developed a technique called paradoxical agenda setting that he uses early on in his work with depressed clients to determine if they're looking to make changes in their life.
In this brief clip, he talks about the first two steps of paradoxical agenda setting, drawing on an example from his own clinical work.