When Psychotherapy Doesn't Work: Why it Happens and What to do About it

September 3, 2013
Hosted by Lisa Ferentz

[Download MP3] [itunes] [Bookmark Episode]

Episode Description

In this hour we will explore the many reasons why psychotherapy might feel ineffective, leading people to terminate from the process prematurely or to seek out treatment somewhere else. We will look at the "cognitive and emotional" baggage that some clients bring in to the therapy process, which leads to preconceived notions and assumptions about the therapeutic relationship and the value of therapy itself. We will also explore the role that the therapist plays in rendering therapy ineffective, including getting triggered, imposing their own agenda, not having the appropriate skill set or not fully understanding the client's needs, wishes and feelings. We will discuss the importance of not framing therapy as a "failure" when it doesn't work out, but rather, listeners will learn to think about these experiences as opportunities to use their voice and proactively advocate to get their needs met.

Inspired Journeys: Overcoming Adversity and Thriving

Inspired Journeys: Overcoming Adversity and Thriving

Archives Available on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel

Our program will educate and inspire. Lisa will interview authors, clinicians, and everyday people who have experienced or witnessed adversity and all of its life changing consequences. We will explore the impact that sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, physical disabilities, panic, depression, self-destructive behaviors and addictions have on individuals, families and our society. At the same time, we will focus on how to overcome and transcend trauma through empathy, self-love, forgiveness, self-awareness and acts of kindness. Lisa will talk with guests who demonstrate the resiliency of the human spirit and have helped others achieve true healing. We will discuss the power of attachment, learning how to be in the moment, how to reclaim a sense of spirituality, hope and optimism. You will learn how to find meaning even in the most difficult traumatic experiences and will come to understand that survivors can thrive, pay it forward, and help others to heal as well.

  • Snag
  • ecard
  • Bookmark and Share
Lisa Ferentz

Lisa Ferentz

Lisa is a Clinical Social Worker, educator, author, actress, wife and mother. She has been in private practice for 30 years, using a wide variety of expressive therapies to treat adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect. In 2009 Lisa was given the Social Worker of the Year Award by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. She is the founder and President of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, providing continuing education workshops and Certificates in Trauma Treatment to mental health professionals. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at several Maryland Universities. Lisa published articles on self-mutilation and eating disorders and is the author of the book Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, A Clinician’s Guide. She recently completed another book entitled, Letting Go of Self Destructive Behaviors, A Workbook of Hope and Healing. A recognized expert in the trauma field, she is a national and international presenter and keynote speaker. She provides ongoing consultation to practitioners and mental health agencies. In her free time, Lisa acts, directs, and choreographs in community theatre productions. Her compassionate approach to therapy, along with her belief that trauma can be transcended and survivors can truly thrive, makes her the perfect candidate to host Inspired Journeys, a program that educates and inspires, while celebrating the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.

  • Snag
  • ecard
  • Bookmark and Share

Episode Directory

September 2013

  • 9/3/2013: When Psychotherapy Doesn't Work: Why it Happens and What to do About it Listen Now

August 2013

July 2013

Maris H. Blechner, M Ed, LCSW

Maris is an adoptive and birth parent, an educator, a social worker, and an internationally respected speaker and trainer on child welfare issues, with more than thirty-three years of professional experience in public adoption. She was one of the founders of FAMILY FOCUS ADOPTION SERVICES, the high energy level New York State adoption agency that she has directed for the last twenty-five years. She has been the Vice President of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the New York State Adoption Action Network. She is a Board member emeritus of the New York State Adoptive Parents Committee, also sitting on a variety of work groups dealing with the improvement of adoption. Maris is a seasoned keynote speaker and conference presenter throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most importantly, Maris defines herself as a child advocate, well trained in grass roots community activism View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Janet Edgette

Janet is a psychologist, author, workshop leader, and speaker with 25 years of experience helping children, teenagers, and their families. She is recognized nationally for developing an effective therapeutic approach for reaching kids who are turned off by the idea of counseling, or just plain tired of hearing adults tell them what they should be doing differently. She also speaks frequently to parents, offering practical advice on such matters as adolescent “moodiness,” sexuality, family communications, limit-setting, and accountability. Janet gives many training seminars for mental health professionals as well as interactive workshops for educators and parents. She practices near Philadelphia, and has taught at Widener, Villanova, and Immaculata Universities. Janet has authored six books in the areas of therapy, parenting, and sport psychology, including her latest, The Last Boys Picked: Helping Boys Who Don’t Play Sports Survive Bullies and Boyhood. Janet Edgette 610.363.1144 Janet@JanetEdgette.com View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Dr. Wayne Evans

Wayne is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Practical Alternatives, LLC; a company that provides solution-centered psychological and consultation services for issues including: anxiety, depression, marital, relationship and parenting issues. Dr. Evans received both his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and his M.S. degree from Howard University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Mental Health Association. A gifted motivational speaker, he has conducted numerous workshops, and seminars dealing with marital conflict, parenting issues, depression, anxiety, and grief recovery. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Robin Williams Evans

Robin is originally from California where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. In 1998, Robin entered into seminary at Howard University, School of Divinity. She received her Master’s in Divinity in 2004, and was ordained in 2010. Robin served as an associate minister for 12 years in Washington, DC . She is also the founder and director of A Pastor’s Place, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in spiritual, emotional, and physical health and wellness for clergy and church congregations. She has recently written a book on how to live a happy life with a special needs child. It will be available on Amazon in August. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Dr. Kevin Ferentz

Dr. Ferentz received his M.D. from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, then did a Family Practice residency and fellowship at the University of Maryland. He retired from their Department of Family Medicine as an Associate Professor after 25 years on the faculty. While there, he was Director of Student and Employee Health, Director of Clinical Operations, and Residency Director. He is now the Chief Medical Officer for Baltimore Medical System. He has authored more than 36 articles and book chapters, focusing on Smoking Cessation and the treatment of Depression. He has received more than 24 teaching awards. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Best Family Physicians by local and national magazines and has appeared in Who’s Who in America four times. He is a past-President of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and served on commissions for the American Academy of Family Physicians. For 8 years he hosted Sunday Rounds, the largest medical call-in show on public radio. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

Lisa is a Clinical Social Worker, educator, author, actress, wife and mother. She has been in private practice for 30 years, using a wide variety of expressive therapies to treat survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect. In 2009 Lisa was given the Social Worker of the Year Award by the Maryland Society for Clinical Social Work. She is the founder and President of the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, providing continuing education workshops and Certificates in Trauma Treatment to mental health professionals. She has been an Adjunct Faculty member at several Maryland Universities. Lisa is the author of Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors, A Clinician’s Guide. A recognized expert in the trauma field, she is a national and international presenter and keynote speaker. She provides ongoing consultation to practitioners and mental health agencies. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is an Instructor at the Trauma Center, a clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise in treating trauma and dissociation from a somatic perspective, she is Assistant Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Consultant, and former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher has authored a number of articles on trauma treatment and lectures nationally and internationally on the integration of the neurobiological research and body-oriented psychotherapy into traditional therapeutic modalities. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Linda Graham, MFT

Linda Graham, MFT Linda has been an ardent practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and transformation for more than 20 years. As an experienced psychotherapist-consultant-trainer and meditation teacher in California, she integrates the teachings of modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and contemporary Western psychology into her nationwide trainings, workshops, and into her monthly e-newsletters. Linda’s passion for integrating the paradigms of modern brain science, Western psychology and Eastern contemplative practices is distilled into skillful guidance that helps people shift out of old patterns of response to life events, to more flexible, adaptive patterns that lead to more authentic resilience and well-being. Her book, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, offers dozens of experiential exercises that help readers to navigate the storms and struggles of life more quickly, more adaptively, and more effectively, especially in turbulent times. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Barbara L. Holtzman, MSW

Barbara is a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and lifestyle coach in Providence and Wakefield, RI where she sees adults who struggle with emotional eating and weight issues. She incorporates the mind/body connection, Buddhist psychology and mindfulness meditation in her approach to helping compulsive eaters get off the diet/binge cycle. Her personal experience and passion for this work led her to write, Conscious Eating, Conscious Living; A Practical Guide to Making Peace with Food & Your Body, a workbook with CD that guides people in eating consciously, listen to their bodies, and comfort their feelings without using food. Barbara found her own natural body weight through her “Making Peace with Food & Your Body” approach, which she uses in working with individuals and in workshops. Barbara teaches at local and national conferences, has appeared on radio and television and her articles have been published widely in newspapers, magazines and on the internet. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Matthew Jeffers

Matthew Jeffers is 21 years old, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism that led to years of medical complications and surgeries. He is 4”2”tall. He is currently a senior finishing up his last semester at Towson University. He will graduate with a BFA and plans to move to New York City in the Fall. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Dr. Daniel Lerner

As a Family Strategist and founder of Strategic Family Solution, LLC, Dr. Lerner helps individuals whose businesses, wealth, and relationships are threatened by intergenerational friction, antagonistic divorces, sibling rivalry, and addiction. He has given presentations on ethics, spirituality, and professional practice at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore law schools. Dr. Lerner has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Rabbinical Ordination, a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education. He has worked with gambling addictions, pathological narcissism, interventions for at-risk youth, family therapy, vocational counseling, and communication/social skills training. Dr. Lerner’s recent research has focused on the role of emotion in decision-making and the science of effective communication. His latest clinical endeavor includes a highly effective model for treating anxiety, fear and panic. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Susan Osofsky

Susan is in private practice in Richmond, VA.specializing in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, eating disorders and trauma. Before she entered private practice 17 years ago, Susan worked on a Crisis Intervention team at a Community Services Board, and did Critical Incident Stress Debriefings to law enforcement, fire and rescue workers. She has also worked in community corrections and residential drug treatment. In addition to her faculty position at The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, she presents at national conferences and gives university continuing education seminars. Her interest in treating people with anxiety and OCD was born of having been what she refers to as a “teenaged hand washer.” Through use of her clinical expertise, training, and personal experiences, she has successfully treated people with these disorders for close to 20 years. Susan is certified as a Level II EMDR practitioner and as an instructor of Life Force Yoga for Depression. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Betsy Otter Thompson

A Philadelphia native with a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for several Philadelphia radio stations and as a commercial print model, appearing in television commercials in Philadelphia and New York. After moving to California, Betsy struggled and nearly became homeless. After she recognized her tendency to blame others for her problems, she become accountable and began to recover. She worked for the next eighteen years as an Executive Assistant to an entertainment executive in the film industry. Betsy retired in 2005 and is now writing full time. Her books include, “The What Happens If I…Book” “Walking Through Illusion,” “The Mirror Theory,” “Loveparent,” “Lovehuman,” and “You are What you Think.” View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Ross Rosenberg

Ross Rosenberg, M.Ed, LCPC, CADC Ross is a business owner, professional trainer, certified addiction specialist, and psychotherapist. He is the author of The Human Magnet Syndrome: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us. He owns Clinical Care Consultants, a full-service counseling center based in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. He is a licensed psychotherapist and certified alcohol and drug counselor. Rosenberg provides expert consultation and treatment services for codependency, sex, love and Internet addictions. He is also a national seminar speaker and consultant on issues such as addiction, codependency, narcissism and borderline personality disorders. Rosenberg’s psychotherapy services enable his clients to achieve balance, inner peace and feelings of personal efficacy. He says, “Within a warm and respectful therapeutic relationship lies the power to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles.” View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Dr. Joyanna Silberg

Dr. Joyanna Silberg Dr. Silberg is the coordinator of Trauma Disorder Services for Children and Adolescents at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland and the Executive Vice-President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence. She treats children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. She has served as an expert witness in 27 states. She is past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation and contributing editor to their journal of Trauma and Dissociation. She has won several awards for her research and clinical work. Silberg is the editor of The Dissociative Child and co-editor of Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors. She has presented nationally and internationally on child abuse, psychotherapy, and protecting abused children in family court. Her newest book The Child Survivor was recently released. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Marcia Lee Taylor

Marcia is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Partnership at Drugfree.org. She has served as the Senior Advisor for Drug Policy and Research for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and the Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, working on a wide variety of drug policy bills aimed at curbing the proliferation of illicit drugs as well as drug treatment, prevention and enforcement initiatives. She has also previously worked for former Secretary of Health Education and Welfare Joseph Califano at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, and was a community organizer in inner-city Baltimore. Marcia is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she has served as an Adjunct Professor. She currently lives outside of Boston. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Dave Thomas

Dave retired from the Montgomery County Police Department in 2000 after 15 years of Service. His final assignment was the founding of their Domestic Violence Unit. He was also responsible for the department’s curriculum and policy development for domestic violence training and related issues. Dave was the 2nd highest decorated officer in the history of the department, receiving both the silver and bronze medals of valor as well as the Women’s Alliance of Maryland DV Advocacy Award, the Montgomery County Executive’s Award, Johns Hopkins University Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award, and honored at the White House as a Champion of Change. Dave is involved in DV curriculum and policy development, technical assistance, and training at the state, federal, and international levels. Presently, Dave serves as the Program Administrator of the Domestic Violence Education Program as well as a faculty member in the Division of Public Safety Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. View Guest page

Episode Listing:

Denise Tordella, LPC

Denise Tordella, LPC Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a degree in psychology from SUNY Stony Brook and a graduate degree in counseling from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She has a Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment and is trained in EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Currently, she is in private practice where she provides clients with treatment for mental health and substance abuse disorders through the lens of trauma. Her areas of specialization include addiction, dissociation, trauma and working with survivors of sexual abuse and interpersonal violence. She is also a consultant to various non-profit agencies and mental health treatment providers. In July 2009 Washington Magazine recognized her as one of the Top Therapists specializing in substance abuse treatment in the metropolitan DC area. View Guest page

Episode Listing: