Advanced Visualization Techniques for Individual and Couples Therapy

Advanced Visualization Techniques for Individual and Couples Therapy

Presented by Susan Heitler, PhD on 09-29-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Depression, anger, and anxiety rank among the most common issues for which individuals in therapy seek the help of a therapist. Visualization techniques can enhance cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic treatment methods that address these three forms of emotional distress. When individuals in counseling close their eyes to allow subconscious images to appear, treatment often can proceed more efficiently, and at a deeper level, than with talk therapy alone.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Susan Heitler will share five specific visualization techniques. These interventions go beyond the guided imagery that was among the earliest of visualizations often used to promote relaxation. Dr. Heitler will describe visualization tools that alleviate negative emotions at their roots, access underlying family of origin factors, and promote deeper insight within the context of a psychotherapy treatment plan. 

Dr. Heitler will demonstrate how to use advanced visualization techniques to accelerate exploration of preconscious concerns, pinpoint the origins of current sensitivities in earlier life experiences, and access subconscious factors that are blocking resolution of current life dilemmas. Attendees will learn techniques that enable individuals and couples in therapy to facilitate their own healing via the use of subconscious thoughts and images. The visualizations she will be teaching augment both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions that accelerate progress toward healthier emotional functioning. 

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Apply specific visualization strategies to treat situational (reactive) anxiety.
  2. Describe how a three-step, re-empowering visualization can alleviate depression.
  3. Use a visualization technique that accesses the specific earlier life experience that is causing a current situation to feel particularly distressing.
  4. Demonstrate a visualization to facilitate the process of letting go of problematic habits.
  5. Assess progress in therapy by enabling individuals to visualize their negative emotions within their body.  

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

Reference:

Sheikh, A. A., Kunzendorf, R. G., & Sheikh, K. S. (1989). Healing images: From ancient wisdom to modern science. In A. A. Sheikh, & K. S. Sheikh, (Eds.), Eastern and western approaches to healing: Ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. New York: John Wiley & Sons

How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031. 

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Susan Heitler, PhD

Susan Heitler, PhD

Dr. Susan Heitler is a clinical psychologist who who specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, anger, narcissism, parenting challenges, and marital difficulties. Dr. Heitler is best known in the therapy community for having brought understandings of conflict resolution from the legal and business mediation world to the professional literature on psychotherapy. 

In addition to conducting a clinical practice specializing in couples therapy, Dr. Heitler has authored multiple books and articles. She shared information from her most recent publication, Prescriptions Without Pills: For Relief from Depression, Anger, Anxiety, and More, in her 2016 TED Talk.

Dr. Heitler's book and workbook for couples, The Power of Two: Secrets to a Strong and Loving Marriage, teaches the foundational communication and conflict-resolution skills for marriage success. She is also the co-founder of PowerOfTwoMarriage.com, a website that offers low-cost, high-impact marriage education for learning the skills for marriage success.

For more information about Dr. Heitler and her work, please visit www.therapyhelp.com.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.