Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy

For the first time ever, see Irvin Yalom conduct actual therapy sessions. This is your chance to witness firsthand how one of the most revered therapists of our time engages with his clients to address the heart of the human condition. 

Clients are more than their symptoms, and Irvin Yalom has always advocated that therapists should go beyond the obvious presenting problems and delve into the most fundamental human concerns: death, meaninglessness,  existential isolation, and freedom.  

In this online course, Irvin Yalom demonstrates how to leverage the most powerful tool of therapists,  the authentic engagement of the therapeutic relationship, to help three clients face head-on the existential anxieties that lurk beneath the surface. 

The three clients all present with different issues --Gareth is a 70-year old man anxious about upcoming retirement, Luke is a 38 year old man ambivalent about getting a vasectomy and Eugenia is a 25-year old woman in a sudden and inexplicable existential crisis--, yet their presenting problems all have roots in some deeper concerns.

See how Yalom does not shy away from addressing issues many of us avoid, and how doing so helps bring relief and insights to the clients's struggles. His genuineness, self-disclosure and work in the here-and-now support client's changes and the development of a new awareness.

These sessions are illuminated by discussions with Irv’s son, Victor Yalom, providing viewers with behind the scenes commentary and explanation underlying his therapeutic interventions. 

Additionally you’ll benefit from an in-depth interview which explores the entire arc of Yalom’s career, from his first therapy case as from a medical student, to his contributions in group and existential psychotherapy.

This course will be of immense value to any therapist who believes that there is both an art and a science to our craft. 


“This course provides a profound and rare glimpse into the workings of one of the living legends in psychotherapy. ‘Welcome to the human race,’ says Dr. Irvin Yalom, in his wise and gentle voice. Viewers are invited into actual segments of work with clients. The experience is enhanced by insightful comments and thoughts shared throughout with Dr. Yalom’s son and fellow psychotherapist, Victor Yalom. ‘If there was a risk you’d be willing to take, what would it be?’ ‘Have you disappointed yourself in any way?’ Existential therapy at its finest—not to be missed.”

—Rita Sommers-Flanagan, Phd & John Sommers-Flanagan PhD, Co-Authors of Clinical Interviewing and many other texts.

“Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy is exceptional. The vignettes provide the viewer with the opportunity to see Yalom apply some of the basic tenets of his work to his interactions with clients, and include insights into his case conceptualizations and decision-making processes regarding treatment interventions. This video highlights the importance of being open as a therapist and the value of pursuing ongoing personal and professional development”

—Sara Bender, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Central Washington University

“In this course, we are afforded a glimpse into the process of existential therapy in such an inviting manner, as Dr. Yalom demonstrates a calming and accepting presence to his clients. The sessions are realistic, cover a variety of topics and we see exactly how to address the here-and-now and meet the client’s presenting concerns first while taking note of bigger and more complex ideas and belief structures. This course is one in which a seasoned professional can garner just as much knowledge as a beginning student and also witness a master of the craft in his element.”

—Dr. Michelle E. Wade, Clinical Mental Health Assistant Professor, Marymount University

“Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy is an informative look into what it actually looks like to practice Existential counseling. Yalom does a beautiful job at highlighting the importance of building the relationship in session, being vulnerable with clients and taking a non-expert approach as a means to connecting on a human level and getting real work done alongside clients”

—Heidi McKinley, PhD, Human Development Clinic Director, Montana State University



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