Psychology for Lawyers

walter barnett's 2nd session with dr. paul weston


"From a psychodynamic perspective, symptoms develop in part from unconscious fantasies and conflicts. For example, patients with panic disorder often struggle with angry feelings and fantasies, which they experience as threats to important attachment figures. Although patients are usually aware of some angry feelings, which they commonly find uncomfortable, other unconscious angry or vengeful fantasies that are less tolerable emerge in the course of treatment."

--Fredric N. Busch & Barbara L. Milrod, Panic-Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 25 (2) Psychiatric Times, February 1, 2008 [online text]


Shari M. Geller & Leslie S. Greenberg, Therapeutic Presence: Therapists' Experience of Presence in the Psychotherapy Encounter, 1 Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies 71 (2002) [online text]

Stanley B. Messer, A Psychodynamic Perspective on Resistance in Psychotherapy: Vive la Résistance, 58 (2) In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice 157-160, 163 (2002) [online text]

Frederic N. Busch & Barbara L. Milrod, Panic-Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, 25 (2) Psychiatric Times, February 1, 2008 [online text]

Class Video

In Class Viewing 1: Walter Barnett's 2nd session with Dr. Paul Weston

"Walter" | In Treatment (HBO) | Season 2, Dk. 2, Episode 9 [approx. 20 mins.] [Walter's session begins at 3:12 mins.]

In Class Viewing 2: How Psychotherapy Works [7:16 mins.] [School of Life] [an introduction to psychodynamic psychotherpy] [end class presentation at 3:46 mins.; commentary continues on transference]

In Class Viewing 3: Understanding Panic Attacks: The Role of Suppressed Anger [6:10 mins.] [Abdul Saad, clinical psychologist, Sydney, Australia] [focus on suppressed anger, and use of defense mechanisms to keep anger at bay; triggering of the 'internal critic'"]

In Class Viewing 4: Anxiety Attacks [3:48 mins.] [School of Life]

In Class Viewing 5: How Do You Deal with an Anxiety Attack? [3:22 mins.] [Steven C. Hayes, clinical psychologist, University of Nevada] [Big Think] Finding a Career by Way of a Panic Attack [12:28 mins.] [Hayes explains his approach to dealing with anxiety attacks; end presentation at 6:37 mins.] [reference to mindfulness and acceptance and committment therapy (ACT); Steve Hayes is one of the principle figures in the development of ACT]

Optional Class Viewing

Class Viewing: On Anxiety and Fear [14:12 mins.] [Joseph LeDoux] [2016] [a neuroscience approach to anxiety] [end class presentation at 3:44 mins.] [LeDoux is an authority on the neurobiology of anxiety and fear] ["we each have our own anxiety level"; "what is highly stressful to one person may hardly be stressful to another;" "people who are disproportionately anxious experience more things as stressful than less anxious people"]

Class Viewing: Understanding Generalised Anxiety Disorder [10:08 mins.] [Harry Barry] [describes symptoms of anxiety disorder] [for class presentation, end at 2:18 mins.]

Reference (Anxiety & Fear | Neuroscience Perspective)

What Triggers a Panic Attack?
[5:53 mins.] [Katherine Shear, Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University School of Social Work]

Ask The Expert: Panic Attacks
[6:37 mins.]

Harry Barry

Overcoming Panic Attacks
[13:05 mins.] [Barry seems to favor CBT approach to treatment] [possible end of presentation at 8:32 mins.]]

Flagging Anxiety & Panic
[50:34 mins.] [Talks at Google]

Joseph LeDoux

Joseph LeDoux: Coming to Terms with Fear
[1:35:44 mins.] [LeDoux presentation begins at 4:36 mins.]

Joseph LeDoux: Have We Misunderstood Fear & Anxiety?
[55:04 mins.] [video of presentation does not appear until 1:17 mins.]

Joseph LeDoux, Anxious
[1:00:16 mins.] [commentary on emotions, begins at 2:36 mins., ends at 5:46 mins.] [theraputic treatment of anxiety; passive and active coping; actions in dealing with threats, commentary begins at 24:12 mins., ends at 25:44 mins.]

Reference (Anxiety)

Psychology of Anxiety
[6:38 mins.] [emphasis on CBT therapy]

Anxiety Therapy: The Four Different Perspectives
[12:31 mins.] [begin video at 2:08 mins.] [questioning the psychoanalytic approach to therapy for anxiety]

Freudian Anxiety And Defense Mechanisms
[10:07 mins.] [instructional video] [survey of Freud's psychoanalytic theory] [direct reference to anxiety begins at 2:51 mins.]]

The Struggle Switch: Russ Harris
[3:02 mins.] [focus on anxiety; "anxiety shows up for all of us"] [an instructional video] [The "Struggle Switch" video is clearly not a psychodyanmic-oriented perspective on anxiety]

Anxiety Treatment Psychotherapy
[5:29 mins.] [CBT oriented therapy for anxiety]

Overcoming Panic Attacks
[35:26 mins.] [Becky Spelman, Private Therapy Clinic, London] [focus on CBT]

How Your Brain Can Turn Anxiety into Calmness
[1:28:29 mins.] [mind-body approach to anxiety] [Martin L. Rossman]

Top Five Strategies for Keeping Anxiety at Bay
[12:33 mins.] [Douglas Bloch]

Reference (Anxiety | Jordan Peterson)

Jordan Peterson: How He Treats Anxiety
[5:36 mins.] [Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychology, University of Toronto]

Jordan Peterson: Overcoming Anxiety and Fear
[6:03 mins.]

How To Fight Social Anxiety and Win
[10:26 mins.]

Reference (Anxiety/Panic Attacks)

Symptoms of a Panic Attack
[7:11 mins.]

Anxiety Overview
[7:08 mins.] [focus on the psychopathological aspects of anxiety; diagnostic categories of anxiety disorders]

Overcoming Panic Attacks with Psychologist
[35:26 mins.] [[Becky Spelman, Private Therapy Clinic, London]

When Anxiety Attacks
[50:24 mins.] [Agenda with Steve Paikin]

Anxiety: Hibernate, Adapt, or Migrate
[17:14 mins.] [Summer Beretsky, TED Talk]

Anxiety: A Cancer of the Mind
[15:49 mins.] [Aneysha Bhat, TED Talk]

Zara Speaks to Dr Russ Harris
[30:43 mins.]

Anxiety Assessment
[8:25 mins.] [Jon Frederickson] Pt.2 [4:58 mins.] Pt.3 [5:40 mins.]

Abnormal Psychology: Disorders: Phobic Disorder and Panic Disorder
[10:42 mins.] [Chris Dula, East Tennessee State University]

"Monkey Mind" Author Talks Chronic Anxiety
[4:05 mins.]

"Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety": Mimi Geerges Show
[29:25 mins.]

When Anxiety Attacks
[50:23 mins.] [TVO, a Canadian public broadcast]

More Anxious Than Ever?
[53:27 mins.] [TVO, a Canadian public broadcast]

What Causes A Panic Attack and Dealing with Anxiety Attacks
[6:17 mins.]

Colin Wilson Describes His Panic Attacks
[27:35 mins.] [Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove]

Reference (Panic Attacks | Abdul Saad, Sydney, Australia
Clinical Psychologist)

Understanding Panic Attacks: Part 1--What Happens During a Panic Attack
[13:44 mins.]

Understanding Panic Attacks: Part 2--Childhood Origins and Personality Traits
[8:41 mins.]

Understanding Panic Attacks: Part 3--The Role of Suppressed Anger
[6:10 mins.]

Understanding Panic Attacks: Part 4--The Importance of Potassium and Magnesium
[9:06 mins.]

Reference (Panic Attacks | Film)

An Anxiety Attack [0:51 mins.] Analyze This Anxiety Disorder [4:32 mins.] Deniro Tells Billy Crystal "Freud's sick!" [2:01 mins.]

On Dealing|Not Dealing with Grief

Mark Epstein: The Trauma of Everday Life
[55:57 mins.] [psychiatrist & author of Thoughts Without a Thinker and The Trauma of Everyday Life] [for class presentation, begin at 3:26 mins.; end at 5:56 mins.]

On Interpretations by the Therapist

Differences in Modern & Freudian Psychoanalysis
[1:40 mins.]

Reference (Anxiety)

Anxiety | Panic Attacks | Panic Disorder

Open Trial of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Panic Disorder: A Pilot Study

Reference (Self Concept)

[6:32 mins.]

Reference (Presenting Problem as a Seamless Web)

A Client Describes the Problem that Brings Him to Counseling
[2:28 mins.]

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
[11:04 mins.]

Walter Barnett: "In Treatment"

The Underlying Cause of Walter's Panic Attacks
[8:15 mins.]

Frederic N. Busch & Barbara Milrod, "Psychodynamic Treatment of Panic Disorder," in Raymond A. Levy & J. Stuart Ablon (eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (New York: Humana Press, 2009) [online text]

Reference (Shari M. Geller & "Therapeutic Presence")

Brief Definition of "Therapeutic Presence" by Shari M. Geller

Shari M. Geller Publications

Therapeutic Presence: Neurophysiological Mechanisms Mediating Feeling Safe in Therapeutic Relationships [Shari M. Geller & Stephen W. Porges, 24 (3) J. Psychotherapy Integration 178 (2014)]

The Importance of Presence Rather than "Knowing"
[5:38 mins.]

Carl Rogers on Empathy and Presence
[3:21 mins.]

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