What is TEAM-CBT?

David Burns, MD, author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, and pioneer in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy developed TEAM-CBT.

TEAM stands for Testing, Empathy, Assessment of Resistance, and Methods.  TEAM is not a separate school of therapy.  Rather, it is an evidence-based framework that can be used to enhance all schools of therapy.


Testing refers to measurements of the patient’s symptoms and feelings before and after each session, as well as how strong the therapeutic connection is.


Albert Einstein said, ““Empathy is patiently and sincerely seeing the world through the other person’s eyes.”  And, I believe that this must be conveyed to the patient…not just have me feel it, but have MY PATIENTS know that I understand how they are feeling.

Assessment of Resistance

Assessment of resistance refers to determining motivation.  This is a very powerful tool.  I believe that Dr. Burn’s approach is far more sophisticated and at the same time simpler than motivational interviewing.  Dr. Burns feels that assessment of resistance is the most important part of TEAM, and, I must agree. It uses some very powerful strategies to help the patient become even more motivated.

One can be the best hypnotherapist or TEAM-CBT therapist in the world, and if the patient is not motivated, then the therapy will not be successful.

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  CBT has been shown to be the most effective therapy for patients with anxiety and depression.


There are many types of methods that different therapists use, including:

  • Medical Hypnosis
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Humanistic
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Behavioral activation
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

I am trained in the first 2, and combine them both with TEAM for my patients. Utilizing TEAM has given me the opportunity to provide my patients with very powerful tools that result in high-speed, rapid recovery of their problems.


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