COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SKILLS
As a trainee therapist it can be really helpful and enlightening to see how other therapists behave in sessions. You can learn a lot from observation and reflection so this section includes a variety of videos showing different approaches to psychotherapy, To make sense of these it would be useful to have done some background reading so check in with your training programme for relevant references.
The section begins with examples of counselling because these skills are at the core of all psychotherapy. Scroll down and you will find examples of other therapies which I will add to from time to time
CARL ROGERS - A DEMONSTRATION
This is a remarkable piece of video showing the late great Carl Rogers in a counselling session with a young man. Some of the themes about race are remarkably pertinent now. It will take about an hour and a half.
THE "GLORIA" FILMS FROM 1965
Three approaches to psychotherapy
I've included this because although it is now very old and the quality is not great, it is a unique and historical piece of work. By contrasting the way in which three therapists - Albert Ellis, Fritz Perls and Carl Rogers - engage with the same client "Gloria" and describe their aims and approach some fascinating aspects of therapy emerge. Definitely one to watch with an active and curious mind.
For a critical perspective on a specific aspect of the Gloria films by Judith Johnson have a look here
MICK COOPER - A DEMONSTRATION
Here we see Mick working with 'Rob' who is having intimacy issues with his partner. There is an interesting commentary from Mick highlighting his aims and techhniques. You can see more of Mick's work here including additional video demonstrations and interviews
JUDITH JOHNSON - A DEMONSTRATION
Cognitive behaviour therapy
Most of the videos on YouTube show the start of sessions with a new client. Judith shows the core therapeutic skills of reflection, warmth, and empathy in the context of finding out more about the client. There are also some examples of specific CBT techniques such as the downward arrow.
CHRISTOPHER MARTELL - DEMONSTRATIONS
This link takes you to 6 15 minute videos by Dr Christopher Martell demonstrating key components of Behavioral Activation for depression.with a graduate student patient “Max” (played by a graduate student actor). The link also includes resources for therapists and clients, including how to deliver Behavioral Activation remotely. A wonderful set of high quality resources by the Committee for Advancement of Resources Supporting Evidence-based Practice (CARSEP).
If you would like to attend a live online workshop with Dr Martell he will be delivering this in January 2021 with CBTReach Ltd. Find out more by clicking the link https://www.cbtreach.org/christopher-martell