Register! May 12-14 VIENNA SEMINAR: Finally a THERAPY THAT WORKS with Narcissists!

Register! May 12-14 VIENNA SEMINAR: Finally a THERAPY THAT WORKS with Narcissists!

Seminar participation is restricted to 35 people. Simply click on this link to secure your place: (scroll to the bottom of the page to pay).

Bring a paying friend or colleague to the seminar and get a refund of 10% (30 USD)!

Dear therapist, psychologist, and mental health practitioner,

You are invited to attend the first ever certification workshop for a new treatment modality, “Cold Therapy”.

The workshop will be held in Vienna, Austria in May 12-14, 2017 in the Matteo Room of Hotel am Stephensplatz.

Participation fee: 300 euros (c. 330 USD)

What is Cold Therapy?

Cold Therapy was developed by Sam Vaknin ( ), author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited” and other books about personality disorders ( )

Cold Therapy is a radical departure from current tenets of most treatment modalities. It is especially effective in the treatment of Narcissistic ( ) and Antisocial ( Personality Disorders ( and certain mood disorders, including dysthimia and major depressive episodes (clinical depression of both exogenous and endogenous aetiologies).

Cold Therapy deploys tools from the arsenal of child psychology to treat these disorders because of their roots in attachment dysfunctions and arrested development. The therapy seeks to recreate an environment conducive to the replication of original childhood traumas (re-traumatization) so as to allow the client to resolve them as an adult.

The therapy then makes use of Lidija Rangelovska’s “Spiral of Healing” to revisit the original traumas, but this time in a holding environment, replete with empathy and emotions.

Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Sam Vaknin and Lidija Rangelovska


Cold Therapy

Lecturer: Sam Vaknin, author of “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited”


10:00-10:15 Registration

10:15-12:00 Introductory Lecture Module 1

Introduction to Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) in the DSM-IV-TR, DSM 5, and ICD10

Types of narcissists: overt/covert/inverted, somatic/cerebral, schizoid, paranoid, acquired situational

Comorbidity of NPD with other Cluster B personality disorders and mental health problems (mood disorders, eating disorders, autism spectrum, etc.)

12:00-12:15 Coffee Break

12:15 -14:00 Introductory Lecture Module 2

Treatment modalities in Cluster B personality disorders: CBT, CEBT, REBT, DBT, Schema, Dynamic Psychotherapy (Psychodynamic Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy), Psychoanalysis, Gestalt, Group Therapy

14:00-15:00 Lunch Break

15:00-17:00 Module 3: The Narcissist in Therapy

Presenting signs and symptoms

Problems with clinical interview: anamnesis, diagnosis, and prognosis

Problems with psychological tests and interpretation (focus on NPI and MMPI)

Narcissistic defenses and resistances of patient/client

Working without a therapeutic alliance

Setting realistic therapy goals: behavior modification, reconciling lifestyle and choices with the patient’s pathological/secondary narcissism, settling on an extended time frame, the measurement of outcomes.


10:00-10:15 Registration

10:15-12:00 Module 4: The Therapist

Idealization and devaluation cycles

Coping with transference and countertransference

The therapist’s narcissistic defenses

Resentment, alienation, and burnout

Cooptation and collusion

The therapist as a victim

12:00-12:15 Coffee break

12:15-14:00 Module 5: Introduction to Cold Therapy Treatment Plan and Session Management

Leveraging the False Self, the psychological defense mechanisms, and the narcissist’s grandiosity

Tackling cognitive deficits, thinking errors and fallacies, and victim stance

Contracting and alliancing

The role of medication and placebos in the therapy

Confrontation, persecutory delusions, narcissistic rage, and shame

14:00-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-17:00 Module 6: Cold Therapy Techniques

Comfort zone (hostile) non-holding/unsafe environment

Grandiosity reframing

Guided imagery

Negative iteration


Happiness map



Role play

Assimilative confabulation

Hypervigilant referencing


Other scoring

17:00-17:15 Coffee Break


10:00-10:15 Registration

10:15-15:00 Module 7: Simulated Cold Therapy Sessions

14:00-15:00 Lunch break

15:00-17:00 Module 7: Simulated Cold Therapy Supervision

17:00-17:15 Coffee Break

17:15-18:00 Evaluation and certificates
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