Theravision's pre-therapy orientation CD videos, Healing
The Mind and Taking The Mystery Out Of Psychotherapy,
enable you to give your clients vital information about
the meaning and purpose of a specialty referral for psychotherapy
while preserving the most critical tool of your practice: Your
By translating therapy orientation into the medium of video, Theravision
provides basic information common to a referral. More importantly
it offers the patient an opportunity to hear his or her own fears
and questions about the meaning of a referral for psychotherapy
voiced by a patient in the film.
Anxiety about the unknown and shame about the implications
of an "emotional disorder" prevent clients from following
through with a recommendation for psychotherapy. Healing
The Mind reassures clients that there are many ordinary
symptoms that can be caused or aggravated by emotional distress.
This information is presented in a way that emphasizes the positive
potential of psychotherapy for relief of their symptoms. Taking
The Mystery Out Of Psychotherapy, introduces clients to
the world of psychotherapy in a format that allows the viewer
to identify emotionally with individuals in a patient role. They
see and hear "themselves" being responded to in a positive
and supportive manner, learn what the therapist will expect of
them, and what they can expect of the therapist. The patient's
increased comfort level opens the door for acceptance and satisfaction
with the referral, and improves the clinical outcome according
to studies in the psychotherapy literature.
Healing the Mind
After the physician has made a recommendation for referral to
a psychotherapist and responded to the patient's initial concerns:
Ask the patient to view the CD for additional information;
explain that you will return for further discussion. The patient
is likely to be more comfortable watching the video in private
rather than the waiting room.
give the CD to the patient to view at home where s/he
can play it more than one time and can have other members of the
family better understand the reasons for the referral.
For clients referred by physicians who have not previously seen
it, or others for whom the video is appropriate:
Ask the patient to view the CD before the initial session. This
should improve the reporting of symptoms for diagnostic purposes
and reduce anxiety about the impending interview. This can be
done in you office on laptop or desktop computer.
Upon referral, send the video to the client to view at
home which will provide the same benefits noted above.
Taking the Mystery Out of Psychotherapy
After a referral, send this inexpensive CD home with them
to view on their computer. Understanding what to expect from therapy
and what is expected from them will significantly reduce anxiety
and improve compliance with the referral.
completing the paperwork, show this CD before the first
receiving the telephone referral, mail the CD to the CD
and have them review it before the first session.
Explains the relationship between emotional problems
Addresses fears about therapy and the meaning of a
Explains how therapy will be helpful to the patient.
Reinforces the clients confidence and trust in the
Encourages the patient to report the full range of
the patient for psychotherapy.
Models active participation and self-disclosure.
Demonstrates how clients' can examine their behaviors
Sets expectations for homework outside the therapy
Affirms the importance of courage and commitment to
For more information, send an e-mail
to Salvatore Cullari
To view samples of these CDs, go here
the Mind and here for Taking
the Mystery out of Psychotherapy.