TEAM Therapy for Behavioral Habits and Addictions

Learn how to use TEAM therapy to treat Habits and Addictions with David Burns and The Feeling Good Institute

Drs. David Burns, Maor Katz, Jill Levitt, and Angela Krumm of the Feeling Good Institute present a workshop on the T.E.A.M. therapy approach to Treating Habits and Addictions.

Presenters: David Burns, MD; Maor Katz, MD; Angela Krumm, PhD; Jill Levitt, PhD

Duration: ~5 hours
*including breaks in original live webinar

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TEAM-CBT, created by Dr. David Burns is not a new “school” of therapy, but rather a framework for conducting evidence-based, effective therapy. David Burns has taken CBT and lifted it to new heights. He named his approach TEAM therapy. TEAM therapy builds on the useful parts of CBT and adds several profound tool sets to it to make it more effective, clear to implement, deeply moving, supportive and humanistic. It’s been called CBT on steroids, High speed CBT, and CBT with Soul.

Learning Dr. Burns’ principles for higher level CBT is fun and eye opening. To help therapists gain confidence in CBT using Dr. Burns’ tools it’s useful to divide the tools into four steps, for which we use the acronym T.E.A.M.

T = Testing
E = Empathy
A = Agenda Setting
M = Methods

In this emphasis for improving therapy skills, we teach step-by-step, practical ways how to get feedback from and talk about it with our patients openly and clearly. This sets the stage for accountability in the therapy room for both patient and therapist. In today’s world, therapists are often asked to measure their success in therapy, Dr. Burns’ method gives therapists tools of how to do so with ease and confidence.

TEAM Therapy views empathy as a teachable skill set. Training in Dr. Burns’ empathy teaches therapists how to deliver the tools of CBT in a warm and effective way. Dr. Burns created a simple to grasp system of teaching therapists (and patients) how to communicate effectively. Empathy is like oil for a machine. If oil quality is too low and quantities are too sparse the machine will come to a screeching halt. TEAM therapy teaches how to create and provide this vital ingredient.

Agenda setting:
This is the heart of what Dr. Burns contributed to therapy. This includes learning how we create resistance in our patients and learning how to melt it away. When agenda is set well, helping our patients reach their goals of therapy becomes as easy as falling off a barrel. Though our clients are suffering, they also have a side to them that’s resistant to change. Arguing with that side will cause the opposite of change and create more resistance to change. That is a common problem in CBT. In TEAM therapy we teach therapists techniques to melt away resistance to change in our patients. There is simple science to it. When done well, it feels like magic.

Dr. Burns created dozens of easy to use CBT techniques. They are effective in warp speed when testing, empathy, and agenda setting is done successfully. Methods range from helping patients struggling with depression and anxiety, to habits and addictions as well as relationship problems.

Taken together, this forms TEAM therapy. Dr. Burns created a rich set of tools to improve the comfort and skill of therapists. The process of integrating the tools of TEAM therapy into practice is challenging and yet deeply rewarding. Our mission at Feeling Good Institute is to help spread quality TEAM therapy . Please check our website at to learn more about TEAM Therapy and our community as well as about training opportunities in CBT based on David Burns’ work.

Excerpt from Dr. David Burns' talk at TEDx

This talk was given at a TEDx event in Reno. Why do we sometimes fall into black holes of depression, anxiety and self-doubt? And can we change the way we feel?

Your Instructor

Dr. David Burns
Dr. David Burns


Dr. Burns received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1970. He completed his residency training in psychiatry in 1974 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1976. Burns is the author of numerous research studies, book chapters and books. He also gives lectures and conducts many psychotherapy training workshops for mental health professionals throughout the United States and Canada each year. He has won many awards for his research and teaching, and has been named "Teacher of the Year" three times by the graduating class of psychiatric residents at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Burns was an early student of Aaron T. Beck who developed cognitive therapy during the 1960s and 1970s. Cognitive therapy was also based on the pioneering work of the late Albert Ellis, PhD who popularized the notion that our thoughts and beliefs create our moods during the 1950s. However, the basic concept behind cognitive therapy goes all the way back to Epictetus, the Greek philosopher. Nearly 2,000 years ago he wrote that people are disturbed not by things, but by the views we take of them. In other words our thoughts (or "cognitions") create all of our feelings. Thus when we make healthy changes in the way we think, we experience healthy changes in the way we feel.

Director of Feeling Good Institute. Master in TEAM Therapy. Clinical Instructor at Stanford Hospital and Clinics Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology.

Director of clinical services and certification at Feeling Good Institute. Master in TEAM Therapy. Clinical Instructor at Stanford Hospital and Clinics Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Director of training at Feeling Good Institute. Master in TEAM Therapy. Clinical Instructor at Stanford Hospital and Clinics Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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