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Deconstructing Anxiety: An In-Depth Exploration of a Powerful New Approach to Anxiety Disorders

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About the Course

This workshop will provide a deep dive into treatment-resistant anxiety, helping to uncover the root causes of anxiety in even your most challenging clients. You will learn techniques for releasing the resistances that keep the anxiety alive, getting at their source and transforming them into a sense of high purpose and meaning, yielding powerful change and lasting results. With the understanding that anxiety (fear) is at the root of all suffering, you will gain insight into the five core fears—“universal themes of loss”—we all share

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Deconstructing Anxiety: An In-Depth Exploration of a Powerful New Approach to Anxiety Disorders created by Todd Pressman in 2023.

Publication Date:

First Nov 2023

Course Material Author

Todd Pressman, PhD, course creator

Todd Pressman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and international seminar leader. He is widely known for his work with Deconstructing Anxiety. He graduated with degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and Saybrook Institute. His books Deconstructing Anxiety: The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential For True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story Of Recovery From Multiple Personality Disorder have all received high acclaim. In 1982, he traveled the world to study the great wisdom and healing traditions, including with a Zen master, a Jain family, a Zoroastrian high priest and a Sri Lankan firewalker. His education also includes an internship under Stanislav Grof, M.D. at the Esalen Institute. With a background deeply rooted in tradition (he was groomed by a father whose teachers were taught by Sigmund Freud), he has integrated this wide-ranging experience into a new program of psychological development called "Deconstructing Anxiety". His working model is based on Michelangelo’s ideal: to release the statue from the stone, the authentic Self from the overlays of imposed identity, into the discovery of freedom and fulfillment.

Disclosures He receives royalties as a published author, and receives recording royalties for this presentation.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate and above levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the core fear/chief defense model of anxiety.
  2. Analyze the five core fears and the primary and secondary defenses we develop in response to them.
  3. Demonstrate how to identify a client’s unique core fear and chief defense.
  4. Explain the principle of “Doing the Opposite” of the chief defense.
  5. Utilize the exercises from the Deconstructing Anxiety program for resolving anxiety.

Disclosure to Learners

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103400
6 CE credit hours
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