Cool Intervention #10: The Miracle Question

The Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions series kicks off with supernatural power. Many clients come to therapy looking for a miracle. Here's a technique built on miracles. I'm honored to speak with Dr. Linda Metcalf, expert on the Miracle Question and Solution Focused Therapy. 

The Ten Coolest Therapy Interventions: Introduction

Clients talk, therapists listen. That's just the beginning. Most clinicians have a few tricks up their sensitive, rational and insightful sleeves.I hereby launch another big series, this one honoring a vital component of psychotherapy: the therapeutic intervention. I chose the ten coolest then interviewed the leading experts for each one. 

Beyond Blue: An Interview with Therese Borchard

I'm honored to interview Therese Borchard, one of today's funniest and most recognized mental health authors. Her self-help memoir Beyond Blue hit shelves today. Come hear what this self-proclaimed "holy whack job" has to say. 

The Ideal Psychotherapy Client

In the 60's the perfect therapy client was described as YAVIS: youthful, attractive, verbal, intelligent and successful. Do therapists still believe this?

Holiday Bonuses for Therapists

The tipping etiquette lists are in holiday circulation, alerting the conscientious to tasteful appreciation of their postal workers (Starbucks card), garbage collectors ($15-$30) and dog walkers (gift certificate for a pedicure). But what about your therapist? How much should you spend on her holiday bonus?

Therapy 32x More Effective Than Money?!?

New research finds therapy may be 32 times more effective at making you happy than simply obtaining money. By the way, how much are you spending on Christmas this year?

My Exclusive Interview With Nidhal Abaza

I’ve been fortunate to land an interview with a Palestinian-American named Nidhal. You may have seen his name in the papers recently. In the entertainment section.

Backseat Drivers & Therapy, Part IV: What to Do

The point here is pretty simple: it's your therapy, you can share with others as much or as little as you want. Here's what to do with the unsolicited opinions.

Backseat Drivers & Therapy, Part III: Types

Backseat drivers take many shapes and forms, from helpful to hostile. Today we're breaking down the most common types of backseat driver.

Backseat Drivers & Therapy, Part II: Why & Examples

People that meet me and find out I'm in therapy are often shocked and tell me I have no problems and I just need to hang out with them more.In Part I we covered what backseat driving is and why it might disrupt therapy. Today we'll ask why people backseat drive and give a few real-life examples. 

Backseat Drivers & Therapy, Part I: Introduction

Well-intentioned loved ones can butt in and screw up a perfectly good therapy. Or they can give needed support. Or they can lend perspective to a harmful therapy situation. How do you tell the difference?

Four Elements of Forgiveness

Theories of forgiveness are like LinkedIn accounts - everybody has one but they never really use it. Today I'll let you in on my theory.

600 Ticks

I live a significant portion of my life in the ten minute gaps between clients. I've gotten it down to a science after a dozen years in practice.

Music Genre vs Theoretical Orientation

I'm not a music therapist, just a shrink who strums a guitar. The similarities between music and psychotherapy have long intrigued me: both explore mood, expression, emotional catharsis and the balance of art and technique. If there were correlations between music genres and therapeutic modalities, what might they be?

The Definition of Insanity is...

I hear this every week, sometimes twice a day: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." No, it isn't.

The Seven Questions Project: Conclusion

Seven questions for twenty people produced 140 answers. In this 18th and final post I'll try to pull it all together and see what we've learned.

The Seven Questions Project: Summary

It's about time we wrap up this project, which has lasted longer than most people's experience in therapy. Today I'll summarize the Seven Questions Project, how it was developed and who joined in the discussion.

Seven Questions for Me

Other people wrote my blog for the past five months. I suppose it's time I got back to work.

In Treatment Ambivalence

I have a love/hate relationship with HBO's dramatic series In Treatment. Am I the only shrink who feels this way?

Seven Questions for Irvin Yalom

Popular scholar, novelist and existentialist Irvin Yalom chimes in on the Seven Questions. To my delight, I was able to conduct this interview in person.

Seven Questions for Warren Procci

Sometimes seven questions are just seven questions. Warren Procci, the next president of the American Psychoanalytic Association kindly shares his interpretation of the Seven Questions.

Seven Questions for Judith Beck

Internationally renowned cognitive therapist Judith Beck shares her thoughts on the Seven Questions. Considering she wrote the book on Cognitive Therapy, sharing thoughts is a pretty big deal.

Seven Questions for Harville Hendrix

The Seven Questions project welcomes Dr. Harville Hendrix, author of international bestseller Getting the Love You Want and founder of Imago Relationship Therapy.

Seven Questions for Daniel Amen

The Seven Questions project welcomes renowned brain expert and bestselling author Daniel Amen. You may have heard him preach his message of change on PBS, on the bookshelves or at professional conferences. He's not simply suggesting you can change your attitude or behavior, he actually believes you can change your brain.

Seven Questions for Thomas Szasz

"If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia" - The Second Sin, 1973 Well, today Dr. Thomas Szasz talks to us, and we're fortunate. My honored guest is a genuine maverick in the mental health field, a man who has "done more than anyone else to challenge psychiatry to abandon the destructive use of force and replace it with consent, trust, and adherence to the Hippocratic injunction to do no harm."

Seven Questions for James H. Bray

Today the Seven Questions welcomes the 2009 president of the American Psychological Association. It just seems fitting to hear from a president this week. Dr. Bray joins an esteemed panel of influential authors, theorists and policymakers who impart their views on fundamental issues in psychotherapy.

Seven Questions for Harriet Lerner

Bestselling author and relationship expert Harriet Lerner dances with the Seven Questions.

Seven Questions for David D. Burns

The author of the "most prescribed self-help book" has a lot to say about the Seven Questions. Brace yourself, he doesn't pull any punches.

Seven Questions for Jeffrey Barnett

We resume the quest for psychotherapeutic truth with Dr. Jeffrey Barnett, 2008 President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychotherapy (Div. 29).

Seven Questions for Glen O. Gabbard

Today’s responses come from Glen O. Gabbard, M.D., a psychoanalytic psychiatrist who wrote the book on psychotherapy. Literally. But non-shrinks may know him best as the guy who analyzed Tony Soprano.