69 episodes

Very Bad Therapy is a closer look at what goes wrong in the counseling room - and how it could go better - as told by the clients who survived.

Very Bad Therapy Ben Fineman and Caroline Wiita

    • Mental Health
    • 4.6 • 112 Ratings

Very Bad Therapy is a closer look at what goes wrong in the counseling room - and how it could go better - as told by the clients who survived.

    67. VBT in Focus: Dr. Don Meichenbaum on CBT and Hype

    67. VBT in Focus: Dr. Don Meichenbaum on CBT and Hype

    Dr. Don Meichenbaum is credited with helping to develop cognitive behavioral therapy in the 1960s and 1970s. He has been named one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. He also believes that the field of psychotherapy is full of b******t and hype. Dr. Meichenbaum joins us to talk about delivering what actually works in therapy, how to spot hype, and challenging the status quo.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    66. Questioning Trans Identities (with Beck Gee-Cohen, CADC-II)

    66. Questioning Trans Identities (with Beck Gee-Cohen, CADC-II)

    In today’s episode, Jonathan shares his story as a teenager working with a gender therapist who dismissed his preferences for treatment in favor of uncovering his “reasons” for being trans. We also speak with Beck Gee-Cohen about best practices in working with trans kids and how many modalities of psychotherapy exclude trans narratives.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    65. When Treatment Fails (with Henk Spierings)

    65. When Treatment Fails (with Henk Spierings)

    Henk Spierings has had a wide range of experiences in therapy – most of them unhelpful, if not outright harmful. He joins us to discuss his new book, Becoming Compliant, and share the lessons he’s learned from decades of bad therapy. Plus, Ben and Carrie get on their soapbox to explain why it’s necessary to talk with clients about how therapy works and the risks of treatment failure.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    64. Is Bad Therapy Unethical Therapy? (with Dr. Christopher Taylor)

    64. Is Bad Therapy Unethical Therapy? (with Dr. Christopher Taylor)

    What’s the difference between very bad therapy and very unethical therapy? Today’s guest Lisa shares her experience with a logotherapist that was many things – insulting, disturbing, oddly prophetic – but did any of it constitute an ethical violation? Dr. Christopher Taylor joins us to answer these questions and more about the surprisingly interesting world of ethics in psychotherapy.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    63. Therapy in Prison (with Kenneth E. Hartman)

    63. Therapy in Prison (with Kenneth E. Hartman)

    Kenneth E. Hartman is a prison reform activist who served 38 years in the California prison system. He discusses his advocacy work, what mental health care looks like in prison, and his personal experiences of therapy – both good and bad. He also shares his thoughts on how therapists can play a role in the necessary social change at the heart of effective prison reform. Plus, Carrie discusses if it is ever justified to warn clients about using insurance.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    62. Overcoming Systemic Transphobia in Mental Health (with Rachel Bennett and Dr. David Nylund)

    62. Overcoming Systemic Transphobia in Mental Health (with Rachel Bennett and Dr. David Nylund)

    Rachel Bennett shares her experience navigating the historically misguided gatekeeping requirements for gender reassignment surgery. She discusses how therapists can better advocate for trans-affirmative care, and we speak with Dr. David Nylund to explore a paradigm that challenges the oppressive notion that transitioning is a psychiatric issue. Plus, how can feedback-informed treatment be used as a tool of social justice?

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

amneuhauser ,

Enjoy this so much!

I found your podcast three weeks ago. I’m a therapist and find myself excited to begin my drive to work to listen to the episodes. Unfortunately, I’m basically caught up now, which makes me sad (binging these have been great). Thanks for the content. I’ve even recommended the podcast to my coworkers and my supervises. I think it can be a great tool!

mkr2017 ,

New listener

I’m a new listener as of 8/3/20. This was my first episode. The topic caught my attention. Intro - My first reaction was annoyance by Ben’s response about types of clients he hopes to see. I said out loud - Figure our your niche. No issues with Caroline. The guest was great. Glad I decided to listen to the end. Liked the second part on research. Annoyance by Ben decreased by the end. Looking forward to listening other episodes.

Collin Rhoade ,

Enjoyable and challenging

Very Bad Therapy has been a consistent companion for me on my drives to the office. I have greatly appreciated the fresh views and questions that Caroline and Ben bring and think it’s a great representation of the curiosity we can all bring to better this field. While I often have mixed thoughts about the content of the guest’s unfortunate experiences in therapy, I think the other content is highly valuable in the way it challenges the blindspots of the field. I also can’t think of a podcast in the mental health field that I’ve laughed more at (specifically the episodes with Scott Miller)!

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