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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#62: Interview with Matti Ameli, MS on Logotherapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Matti Ameli, MS, holds masters degrees in clinical psychology and in differential and social psychology, with a post-masters specialization in human factors.  She is also a certified professional coach.  She has studied and worked in France, the United States, and Spain. She has a strong international background in psychology (having practiced for over 15 years) and in professional coaching (having practiced for over 10 years).  Matti is an accredited member of the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna.

As a therapist and coach, her approach is practical, action-oriented, and solution-focused. Her goal is to help individuals and corporations not only to function at a ´´healthy level´´ but also to add creativity, meaning, and passion to their life (or corporate) philosophy.  Most recently, Matti published an article on logotherapy and cognitive therapy in Psychotherapy, a journal of the American Psychological Association.

The paper discussed on this month's podcast is:

Ameli, M. and Dattilio, F. (2013). Enhancing cognitive behavior therapy with logotherapy: Techniques for clinical practice. Psychotherapy 50(3), 387-391.

It is available from PsycNET at the following link:

Abstract: Logotherapy is a meaning-centered approach to psychotherapy, which is compatible with cognitive behavior therapy. Its basic tenets have the potential to increase both the efficacy and effectiveness of the therapeutic process. This article describes the main techniques of logotherapy and provides specific and practical examples of how they may be incorporated into a cognitive behavior framework. The article concludes with a proposal for future research to validate integrative treatment protocols, and to provide an empirical base for logotherapy-enhanced cognitive behavior therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).

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