Family Therapy with Atmosphere & Dr. Ralph Borka

Family Therapy with Atmosphere & Dr. Ralph Borka

Atmosphere agreed to be part of Dr. Ralph Borka‘s Family & Group Therapy Video Series. Dr. Ralph Borka has worked with individuals, couples, families, groups and businesses for more than 25 years. His video series demonstrates a psychotherapy approach using cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Check out Dr. Borka’s website to see Atmosphere get in touch with their feelings and bring their family a little closer.
In Part One of Group & Family Therapy, I introduce you to my clients: Sean, Anthony, Nathan and Erick. They are members of a music group called “Atmosphere.”

This video demonstrates how the behavior of each group member affects both the emotional reactions of the other individuals and the effectiveness of the group as a whole. You will see how the encouragement of direct dialogue between members of the group helps them to effectively communicate and resolve their interpersonal conflicts. The series of videos will show how a variety of therapeutic techniques change the dynamics of the group to create more synergistic creative energy.

I hope you find these videos instructive in your own psychotherapy practices.


In Part Two of Group & Family Therapy, I help the band explore their feelings related to their creative process as a group. I have created an exercise to empower each group member to express visually how they feel when creating music together.

Helping each member to find new ways to share their feelings is an important step to further communication among the group. Sometimes, crayons and paper are more powerful than words.

Again, I hope you find these videos instructive in your own psychotherapy practices. In addition to my video series, you may enjoy listening to my audio book, “My Side of the Couch: A Guide to Family Therapy,” now available from iTunes.

In Part Three of Group & Family Therapy, I continue to work with Atmosphere to address their feelings regarding collaboration and working together. Tensions can arise during these sessions when a member of the group voices criticism of another member, as you will see in this video segment between Sean and Nate. It is important for the therapist to guide talks in order to facilitate conflict resolution. An apology is not always necessary, but encouraging members to acknowledge another group member’s positive contributions is always a sign of progress towards honest mutual validation.

Thank you for taking the time to watch these instructional psychotherapy videos. Don’t forget to watch the first two parts of my video series and click the link at the top of the page to order my VHS tapes.

In Part Four of Group & Family Therapy, I ask the group about their feelings regarding performing and touring as a band. Much of their identity has been shaped by repeated live performances over the years and it became clear during our session that they hold important emotional connections with these experiences.

I hope you find these videos instructive in your own psychotherapy practices.

In Part Five of Group & Family Therapy, I begin to demonstrate one of the most important steps in therapy: helping a client to think of the future and set goals to help them move forward with less anxiety and minimize stress. I ask the band to visualize themselves at age 80 and to reflect on what they believe to be their potential.

I hope you find these videos instructive in your own psychotherapy practices.
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