Oct 22, 2018
This is the second of three interviews with Stephanie James on
her superb radio show and podcast, The
Spark. Stephanie is an experienced therapist and
dynamic radio personality from Colorado. She is co-authoring a book
on how to live a “spark-filled life.”
This interview with Stephanie focused, in part, on the evolution
of the new TEAM-CBT from traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(CBT). Stephanie asks Dr. Burns questions on a wide range of
- How would you treat a case of social anxiety?
- What is “therapeutic whitewashing” and how can therapists get
over it? What should therapists do instead?
- How would you work with violent incarcerated teenagers, such as
- Why is it so important for therapists who are learning TEAM-CBT
to check their egos at the door?
- After you published your first book, Feeling Good, and the
first research study on CBT was published, cognitive therapy swept
the world. After your initial euphoria, your enthusiasm dimmed
somewhat. Why? And what new direction did your research lead?
- What are the most common errors that therapists make in
thinking about the causes of therapeutic resistance?
- How can you overcome a patient’s resistance to change?
- Can TEAM-CBT work rapidly for someone with horrific abuse and
decades of failed therapy?
- How can you prevent relapses following the patient’s initial
Dr. Burns' third interview with Stephanie will be on the
interpersonal TEAM model—how to convert conflicted relationships
into loving, rewarding ones.