An approach like no other!
Developed by Dr. David Burns, MD adjunct professor at Stanford University, world renown psychiatrist, and best selling author. TEAM. is a cutting-edge, evidence based method for the treatment of depression, anxiety, troubled relationships, habits/addiction and more. It draws heavily on the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) adding many other tools including in a large part empathy (yes, empathy can bring some healing) and the powerful effectiveness of agenda setting (making sure the client is ready for change). This approach focuses on rapid change to bring about the results you desire in a safe environment. TEAM is being used by thousands of therapists and life coaches around the world because it has been proven more effective than other models because we use any tool that works from any modality of therapy. In TEAM we don't limit ourselves to one favourite tool or school of therapy.
- T - Testing: Rapid, reliable session-by-session assessment of both symptoms and therapeutic relationship
- E - Empathy: Accurate, compassionate understanding of your unique problem or situation
- A - Agenda Setting: Pinpoint resistance, boost motivation, figure out what is getting in the way of change
- M - Methods: I used tools from over 12 schools of therapy such as: cognitive & behavioural techniques from CBT, mindfulness, Rogerian, interpersonal tools, psycho-dynamic, exposure techniques, and 50+ more including ANY of those listed below including the life coaching tools. In fact, in T.E.A.M. any tool in psychology can be used and. (Note: not all methods are appropriate for life coaching or video sessions.) I don't stick to tools only developed by Dr. Burns, and by the way neither does he.
Learn more about TEAM from Dr. Burns himself. Listen to FREE Podcasts here (start with the first couple then browse around).
Why is TEAM effective?
When we get bogged down with one thing it has a ripple effect. Dealing with that one thing can often unravel the self-defeating beliefs that get us stuck. TEAM works because it combines the best of several disciplines and doesn't limit itself to one modality of therapy and TEAM therapist's and life coaches are not afraid to fail. We start with CBT, but CBT can't cure everything! (learn more - listen to podcast here) So if those one tool fails we move on to try others that have been shown to be effective.
But besides that base premise, there are three more reasons TEAM-CBT is effective.
First, it provides structure and focus which is vital for recovery and/or goal accomplishment. Often we can’t see the forest for the trees and this approach provides a safe environment to just stop, look, and listen to our inner voice. If we don’t like what that voice is saying, we can provide a way to rewrite your own destiny and self-talk through effective tools.
Secondly, coaching and TEAM-CBT allows for variety while getting specific. Many self-help programs are rigid and don’t provide room for particular challenges you may face. One-on-one coaching/therapy gets right down to the specific needs you have and how to fill those needs with the tools you have in your reach.
Thirdly, it is a team approach, just as the acronym implies. No one has all the answers. I'm not the expert, I'm here to guide you to your own solutions. We work together as a team. But more than that, while we need doctors,researchers, fitness experts, and other health professionals for various purposes, if anyone has the solutions to the problems you face, it’s you! TEAM takes the expertise of the coach/therapist and combines it with the client’s conscience and unconscious skills, desires, and solutions. Did you know you often have the answers you need within yourself? So how do you unlock them? That’s what good coaching/therapy does. Often we can’t see solutions until we process information by having a dialog with someone else that has experience in that area.
Coaching/therapy works because it gives you the focus to make specific goals that are real and attainable, it empowers you to accomplish those goals through education and skill development, all the while helping you work through the challenges that impede the success of goal attainment.