They do whatever they do. It’s an unconsciously generated response. They don’t know how they do it and often, people will say, “Well, I know it’s silly. I know that airplane travel is much safer than car travel, but I can’t help it when I get in an airplane, I get all [vibraty 00:01:37] and weird.
I get anxiety or panic attack, or something like that.” That tells me that you need to make a change in the unconscious processing that creates that response. However, most psychotherapy on the whole is directed at the conscious mind, in insight, response prevention, exposure.
Most interventions are directed toward conscious understanding and that means that you’re kind of … When I used to work in the oil field, there’s an expression that’s called pissing into the wind for a fruitless effort. I think that’s why most psychotherapies are very, very slow.
What I want to demonstrate here are a couple of methods that directly address the unconscious processing. It involves eliciting the unconscious structure of what creates the anxiety and then making direct changes in it.
It’s a very, very direct way of working with the unconscious. It’s different than most hypnosis which is go to sleep and get relaxed, and stuff like that.
That can be useful but it’s very slow and it isn’t as direct and specific as what I’m going to demonstrate. What I’m going to demonstrate is going to look really, really weird to most people watching it. It’s just off the wall in comparison to what most people think of as psychotherapy.
But, it does make a certain kind of sense. You don’t have to learn any psychotheology to understand that it’s pretty direct. It’s based on the unconscious structure of anxiety. There may be few exceptions here and there, but by and large, anxiety is created by a voice that’s got a very high, rapid tonality and that kicksoff a kinesthetic cascade of feeling.
Most people, when they have anxiety they go, “Oh, I can’t breathe,”or “I choke,” or something like that. They have a kind of a global noticing of it or awareness of it that doesn’t go into the detail, and in fact the feeling of anxiety starts in one place, goes to another place, and as it moves from one place to another, there are certain changes. If you get a list at what those changes are, then you can change them and make adjustments in them, and be a person gets a different response.
Solutions for Anxiety Conference
Make a difference with even your most severely anxious clients
Learn strategies that you can put to use immediately (you will learn several strategies that can make a difference in less than 15 minutes)
Expand your skills and your knowledge with the latest research on anxiety
Learn how to add hypnotic strategies to your current treatment modality to improve your success rate
+ much, much, more…
All presentations are yours to keep forever. Watch online or download, 12.50 continuing education units provided for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Counselors (see below)
All presentations are available to be watched now, and will be online until the end of 2017. There are no specific dates for this conference attend in your own time and own way.
Dr. Carolyn Daitch
Carolyn Daitch: Hypnosis and the Treatment of Anxiety
The aim of this online training is to present you with innovative and effective hypnotic techniques for the management of anxiety disorders. Techniques that you will be able to put to use with your clients immediately.
We address the pervasive problem of helping your clients to tolerate uncertainty. The STOP Solution is also introduced. The STOP solution is an approach that can be used to engage the parasympathetic nervous system. and will help your clients calm emotional flooding by teaching them to put the brakes on anxious responses. Included in the presentation is a video of a client who shares how she used the interventions.
You will learn:
Articulate three components of anxiety and how to work with each succesfully to improve your client’s life.
Identify the role that uncertainty plays in anxiety
Demonstrate and use the STOP Solution with your clients
Carolyn Daitch, Ph.D., is a psychologist, trainer, author and presenter. She is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her time is split between clinical practice, supervision, consultation and teaching. She is recognized for her practical, easy-to-implement interventions.
In 2007, Dr. Daitch published the award-winning Affect Regulation Toolbox: Practical and Effective Hypnotic Interventions for the Over-reactive Client (W.W. Norton), which has received international acclaim.
Dr. Daitch is also the author of Anxiety Disorders: The Go-To Guide for Clients and Therapists (W.W. Norton, 2011), and co-author of Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict and Reconnect with Your Partner(New Harbinger, 2012). Her newest project is The Road to Calm Workbook: Life-Changing Tools to Stop Runaway Emotions (W.W. Norton, In Press).
“Carolyn is an artist who paints and weaves words and images not only effortlessly but also profoundly. Her artistry can be breathtaking.”- Eileen Bond, ASCW
Steve Andreas: Resolving Anxiety rapidly by directly changing its unconscious auditory and kinesthetic process elements.
Like most of the problems that lead people to seek therapy, anxiety is generated by unconscious processes over which they have no conscious control. Despite this, most treatments for anxiety involve exploring old memories, confronting fears through exposure, response prevention, arguing with internal voices, and other strategies directed at changing conscious processes.
However, by eliciting the detailed internal unconscious auditory and kinesthetic process that occurs in anxiety, we can quickly make changes in it to elicit a more useful response. This process can be your “go to” process, a recipe, that will allow you to rapidly help your clients get out of anxiety.
In this presentation you will learn:
A simple, rapid, step-by-step process that will dramatically change your client’s anxiety for the better (a big promise, I know, but it does work).
How to elicit the nonverbal sensory details of the internal voice that elicits the feeling (this can stop many anxiety responses from beginning.
How to elicit and change the “cascade of kinesthetic feelings” that is the hallmark of anxiety responses (and without which the anxiety could not exists in detail.
Find the unique path that anxiety travels through your clients body (or experience if you prefer) so that he or she can change the path and reduce or eliminate anxiety.
You will see two full demonstrations of the anxiety-eliminating process so that you can understand it and start to use it with your clients immediately.
Learn to avoid the mistakes of many psychotherapeutic methods that can make anxiety changes difficult (even impossible) to achieve.
Steve Andreas is one of the most active developers of NLP. He has been learning, training, and researching NLP since his introduction to it in 1977, and has been developing new NLP patterns since the early 1980s.
He was the co-founder with his wife Connirae of NLP Comprehensive in Boulder Colorado in 1979, one of the first NLP institutes. Recently he authored Transforming Negative Self-Talk (2012) and MORE Transorming Negative Self-Talk (2014) and the two-volume set Six Blind Elephants: Understanding Ourselves and Each Other (2006).
He also wrote Transforming Yourself: Becoming Who You Want To Be (2002) and Virginia Satir: The Patterns of her Magic (1991). He co-authored (with Connirae) Heart of the Mind (1989), Change Your Mind (1987), and the NLP 24 Day Practitioner Certification Training Manual (1986). Many free articles can be found on his website: http://www.steveandreas.com/
Dr. Dan Short
Dan Short, PhD: Using Hypnosis to Treat Anxiety within the Context of Problem Solving Therapy
Anxiety is a disorder of anticipation and dread. It is an avoidance of both known and unknown threats that is achieved by doing fewer things and thinking fewer thoughts. The result is a diminishing sense of what can be done.
Because anxiety is characterized by tension, restlessness, and shortness of breath, hypnosis is often used to induce a state of relaxation, greater ease of breathing, and an overall sense of safety or security.
While this temporary hypnotic relief is often appreciated by the client, it does very little to address the core problem. In some cases, therapy may even become another means of avoidance. While it is helpful to teach the client how to use self-hypnosis to achieve similar states of relaxation away from the office, there is much more that can be done.
Rather than aiming for symptom removal, Ericksonian- derived problem solving therapy aims to add a greater sense of ability, purpose, and happiness to the client’s life.
Thus, the overarching goal is to teach the anxious client to engage (rather than avoid) the challenges that define his or her existence. Hypnosis is used to construct therapeutic challenges that reveal previously undiscovered capabilities.
This focuses the client’s attention on what he or she can do. As the sense of ability increases, so do the challenges, until the client learns to appreciate the opportunity for growth that comes with each and every problem. In this conference you will get two presentations with Dan Short, one with a full hypnosis demonstration and also a third which is a recording of the follow-up coaching call.
You will learn:
The limitations of conscious mind strategies for anxiety and how to help expand your client’s self of sense so that anxiety diminishes.
Ways to tap into and utilize unconscious resources, including dreams, intution, hunches and laughter.
How to think about and strategize your sessions so that you can be the most help to your clients in the longterm.
When diagnostic categories are useful and when they are not (plus, the crucial skill of using the uniqueness of each client to effect change). Dan’s personal evolution as a therapist and Ericksonian (and how it might help you evolve)
Dan Short, PhD, is most well-known for his work in Ericksonian hypnosis and is the lead author of Hope and Resiliency, a book that has received world-wide attention. His most recent book is Transformational Relationships. Dr. Short has served as faculty for the Ericksonian Congresses since 1996. Dr. Short maintains a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade: Brain-Change Exercises and Hypnosis for Anxiety
Based on the latest neuroscience research, this workshop examines cutting edge strategies for taming anxious minds.
Drs. Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade draw from years of clinical experience and research to describe how the brain operates, especially since it is biased toward worry and anxiety. They move beyond the typical explanations, advice, and exercises known to most therapists and the general public and present the newest information available.
New and effective tools are given to clinicians for use with their clients.
You will learn:
Discuss the evolutionary benefit to the benefit to the brain’s negative bias.
To apply cutting edge brain change tools to the practice of psychotherapy (with specific brain-change exercises).
Learn the newest research on anxiety and how you can apply in your client work.
Carol Kershaw, Ed. D. is Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Houston. She is an Approved Supervisor for the AAMFT, a member of the American Psychological Association, and an Approved Consultant for the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
She is also a member of the International Society for Hypnosis. Dr. Kershaw is the author of The Couple’s Hypnotic Dance, (Brunner/Mazel, 1991), also published in Spanish.
Dr. Kershaw has presented workshops and lectures at numerous Erickson Congresses, annual scientific meetings of ASCH, Evolution of Psychotherapy conferences as well as AAMFT and has been invited to present workshops in the United States, Canada, South America, Spain, and Europe. She runs a yearly 5 day retreat workshop for Esalen in Big Sur.
Bill Wade, Ph.D. is co-Director of the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston, has provided workshops at the Erickson Congress, the Annual Scientific Meeting of ASCH as well as TAMFT and AAMFT. He has presented workshops throughout the U.S. and Europe.
ill’s publishing credits include many articles on hypnosis and was one of the Book Review Editors of the ASCH Journal. He is co-author of Brain Change Therapy: Clinical Interventions for Self Transformation published by WW Norton in 2012.
Dr. Rob McNeilly: Treating Anxiety: From Managing to Healing
Anxiety is experienced differently and has individual effects in different individuals. Rather than finding a magic bullet to treat anxiety, this presentation outlines a simple everyday approach to healing anxiety.
Exploring what someone likes to do provides a respectful method of discovering and connecting someone with anxiety with resources and experiences that they are unaware of, have forgotten or have yet to learn.
Hypnosis contributes a delightful addition to talking about the problem and the solution by creating, with each unique individual, a bodily felt experience of their preferred outcome, and so by finding what is missing for someone, exploring what they like to do, connecting with what is missing for them, we can help an anxious person to learn that preferred experience.
You will learn:
How to discover with each individual what would be useful to allow their anxiety to be healed.
How to connect each individual with this resource.
Connecting resources into the client’s life and into their future to generalize the changes across conetexts.
Dr. Robert McNeilly was in a suburban Melbourne general medical practice for 10 years, had the privilege of learning directly with Milton Erickson, was inspired by his human approach to therapy, and created his own interpretation to assist clients in a respectful, dignified way with the human dilemmas that affect individuals, couples and families.
He founded the CET in l988 to introduce Ericksonian Hypnosis and the Solution Oriented Approach to hypnosis, counselling and coaching in Australia.
For more than 30 years, the contribution he brings in his teaching style, writing and unique approaches to learning and therapy allow for a ready application into everyday living and are recognised locally, nationally and internationally, including repeated invited presentations at the Milton H Erickson Foundation’s International Congresses in USA since 1980 and workshops in Singapore and Denmark since 1999. Students comment on his easy, respectful manner and his elegant ability to make complex issues approachable while retaining their essence.
“Rob, your clear and practical teaching of the solution oriented approach has enabled me to achieve more effective interventions with greater ease ….. the techniques are applicable in many different contexts.” - Peter Thorneycroft, Phd.
“Very practical and thought provoking.” - Steve Altabef
“Thank you so much for your sharing of your knowledge and expertise and your presence. I have heard nothing but raves from everyone I have talked to who attended. It was a delight working with you. you made learning and stretching our thinking most enjoyable.” - Paul Zitowitz, ACSW/LCSW
“Thank you, I found this very useful and informative. If you decide to do any more of this type of seminar, please add me to your mailing list.” - Kathleen Loy RN, RM, C.Ht., Sydney, Australia.
Thanks! ! I very much enjoyed the conference and have put the information to use already!
- Bonnie Goldstone, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Abbotsford, B.C., Canada
Global High Intensity Activation. What Somatic Experiencing Practitioners Call “Anxiety”
Irene Lyon, MSC: Global High Intensity Activation. What Somatic Experiencing Practitioners Call “Anxiety”
Do you ever hear your clients say:
“One moment I’m fine, but then the next my heart is racing and I’m so scared full of anxiety, panic and fear, even though I’m theoretically ‘safe’ - it just doesn’t make sense!?”
If this is a common occurrence in your practice, then it’s important to understand, from a physiological, survival and central nervous system level, what could possibility be sending a person into such high arousal, when there’s no immediate threat or stressor present.
The groundbreaking work of Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing, categorizes individuals with this kind of intense fear and anxiety as living with Global High Intensity Activation (GHIA).
In GHIA, the individual experiences has little capacity to self-regulate (self-soothe) their nervous system with ease. They live their lives in a high state of control with low levels resiliency: which in turn, lead to less than optimal conditions for living life to its fullest.
These clients have little to no capacity to differentiate stimuli from the external environment, as well as in their internal bodily sensations, and will often experience all forms of arousal (happiness, anger, fear, surprise etc.) as bad and frightening.
The causes of GHIA are vast, but in addition to growing up in an unsafe home environment, wherein threat and helplessness was the norm, events such as pre- and peri-natal trauma (fetal distress, birth trauma, early surgeries), high fevers, suffocation, choking and drowning will also contribute to an overall quality of fear and ‘near-death’ which imprints onto the organism, until nervous system regulation can be re-establish.
You will learn:
The basics of the fight, flight, freeze survival instincts and the consequences of them being stuck “ON” for too long.
What titration and pendulation is, and why it’s an essential first step in working with GHIA.
Why working at the kidney/adrenal interface, a new field of study, is showing promising results for the restoration of nervous system regulation.
The importance of recognizing defensive-orienting responses in your clients so you can be aware of procedural memories that are trying to de-activate and find completion.
When working with these clients, we must teach them how to contain their experiences as well as work towards establishing physiological safety - a difficult but essential task, especially since the hallmark of this global intensity is that safety, most likely, never existed.
Irene Lyon, MSC. is a nervous system specialist and therapeutic coach who helps people transform their bodies, businesses, relationships and lives through healing and regulating their nervous systems via the power of neuroplasticity. She is a master in the mind-body healing arts, namely Somatic Experiencing and Feldenkraisian Learning and holds two degrees in exercise and biomedical science.
When the conference first ran earlier this year, we recorded video coaching calls with each presenter. You will have access to all the video coaching calls and can download them as well.
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Michael Yapko, PhD
“Key Aspects of Treating Anxiety”
In this presentation you will learn:
1) How childhood anxiety sets up both anxiety and depression in adults;
2) Why differential diagnosis matters: When the client is both anxious and depressed, Michael describe four ways to determine where to focus first;
3) The relationship between ambiguity in life experiences and anxiety;
4) The importance of addressing sleep disturbances, the most common symptom of anxiety disorders;
5) How coping styles serve to either increase or decrease anxiety and why therapists need to encourage behavioral activation; and,
6) How hypnosis can help teach skillful management of anxiety.
Michael D. Yapko, PhD is a visionary and pioneer in the effective treatment of depression and anxiety. Michael is known for teaching practical and effective techniques for creating long-lasting change. He teaches worldwide and has written and edited thirteen books.
Carolyn Daitch, PhD
“Defeating Distress and Distraction: Treating Co-morbid Anxiety Disorders and ADHD”
In this workshop Dr. Daitch presents a comprehensive treatment model, that you can use starting from your very first session with an anxious client and provides you with techniques you can teach your clients to reduce the cognitive, behavioral, and physiological symptomology present with comorbid ADHD and anxiety disorders.
You will learn the similarities and differences of anxiety disorders and ADHD and gain a set of treatment goals for comorbid anxiety and ADHD that you can put to use immediately.
You will be able to explore the value of using hypnosis as an adjunctive therapeutic modality in the treatment of anxiety and ADHD and learn a simple, effective hypnotic protocol that is easy to learn, easy to tech and that will help make life better for your clients.
“Looking Past Anxiety: Seeing and Healing The Whole Person.”
Rather than focusing on anxiety as a disease or condition to be diagnosed and managed, Rob invites an exploration, following Milton Erickson’s invitation, with each individual client into
1) What their individual experience is,
2) What is missing for them so they can be OK and heal,
3) How we can help them to connect with that experience and
4) How to include hypnosis as an integral part of this process.
Rob also shares some delightful stories from his time working directly with Milton Erickson.
Pre-Recorded Panel Discussion
With Michael Yapko, Carolyn Daitch and Rob McNeilly being interviewed by Conference Organizer Ryan Nagy
This was one of our highest-rated calls from a previous conference and we have brought it back for an “encore” performance for you to enjoy!