Saving Talk Therapy

   Lecture and Workshop on In-Depth Psychotherapy : October 19 and 20th


  • October 19th : Friday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, LeRoux Room - Student Center at Seattle University

 “Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and

     Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care”


In-depth, time-intensive, expressive/exploratory psychotherapy is in decline due to the underfunding of mental health services by health insurers, the over-promotion and over-consumption of medications, and a veritable monoculture of ideas and practices in graduate schools and clinical training sites privileging short-term, technique-driven, solution-focused cognitive-behavioral treatments. These themes will be explored in Dr. Gnaulati's presentation, as well as his ideas pertaining to what constitutes quality talk therapy.

Gnaulati’s book on “Saving Talk Therapy” (2018) will be on sale at the lecture: the cost is $ 20; please bring either cash or check. All of the proceeds will be going to the non-profit The Psychotherapy Cooperative” which provides low cost psychotherapy.


This Event is free and open to the public.                 


  • October 20th : Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, LeRoux Room - Student Center at Seattle University

Disciplined Compassion: Reaching Beyond Mere Empathy and

Therapeutic Neutrality to Optimize Client Improvement”


5 hour CEU Saturday workshop (requires preregistration):

$ 75 for Mental Health Professionals,

$ 10 for Seattle U. Graduate Students,

$ 45 for members of the Psychotherapy Cooperative

Link to registration site:

Course Description and Overview

This presentation will outline and elaborate upon "disciplined compassion" as a therapeutic stance that can be adopted by psychotherapists to enliven and optimize their work with clients. There's a performing--not just informing--dimension to putting clients in touch with underlying feelings. The therapist's care and compassion manifests itself as skill at knowing how and when to amplify versus dampening a response, prolong or foreshorten an emotional reaction, use sparse versus ample wordage, react animatedly or sedately, make a point loudly or quietly, and make eye contact or avert it. All these decisions must be coordinated as authentic expressions while the therapist rapidly processes verbal and nonverbal interactional information in the consulting room. Disciplined compassion as embodied by the therapist in these ways provides the sort of receptivity and sensitivity clients need to effectively access, articulate, and acquire expressive mastery of their own unformulated emotions.  To take a reserved approach out of the belief that the therapist's expressiveness could contaminate the client's access to presumed fully-formed, self-contained, pure emotions can limit the range and intensity of emotions clients can access and articulate.  Clients also need to know we not only can encounter them, but can also counter them. Not only face them, but also face off with them. Too neutral a stance can deprive clients of valuable feedback from the therapist who supposedly knows them intimately and is well positioned to offer it.   This presentation will address these topics in highly practical ways, as well as notions of authentic care; the use of humor and self-disclosure in therapy; and, how therapists who aim to be transparent and personable can still be eminently professional. Case vignettes will be utilized throughout the presentation to heighten the practicality and usability of the ideas covered.   

For information, contact Steen Halling,

*Both the events are sponsored by the SU Graduate Psychology program and the Psychotherapy Cooperative. 

 About the Speaker :

Dr. Enrico Gnaulati is a clinical psychologist based in Pasadena, California and received his MA from Seattle University and his PhD from Columbia University. Gnaulati  has published numerous journal and magazine articles and his work has been featured on Al Jazeera America, China Global Television Network, KPCC Los Angeles, KPFK, Los Angeles, WBUR, Boston, KPFA Berkeley, and online at the Atlanticand Salon, as well as reviewed in Maclean's, the Huffington Post, The Australian,  the New Yorker, and Mad in America. He is a nationally recognized reformer of mental health practice and policy and the author of Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Beacon Press, 2013), Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care (Beacon Press, 2018), and Emotion-Regulating Play Therapy with ADHD Children: Staying with Playing. (Jason Aronson, 2008).