Teaching Clients to Welcome their Fears
Therapists are supposed to make clients safe and secure, creating a cozy haven from a cruel world, right? Well, when it comes to treating anxiety, there’s growing evidence that the quickest, most effective approach involves instructing them to ramp up their fears while telling themselves how much they welcome the experience. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help clients shift their relationship with their fears and override the responses that perpetuate them. You’ll explore:
- How to rapidly engage anxious clients in the therapeutic alliance and change their mindset toward their fears
- Why the first step to changing an overwhelming response to anxiety is accepting the perceived threat as something the client can approach and change
- Strategies to help clients transform their fear into a challenge to be met or a puzzle to be solved
Reid Wilson, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine and the author of Don’t Panic and Stopping the Noise in Your Head and coauthor of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents as well as Playing with Anxiety and Stop Obsessing!
How to Get Beyond Shame-o-phobia
Therapists often fail to create a user-friendly environment for reluctant male clients. The problem begins with a lack of awareness about how men fear having their shame and vulnerability exposed. This workshop will teach you about the mismatch between men’s relational style and the touchy-feely atmosphere of most counseling, and how to engage even “difficult” or “defensive” men and move them to the next level of intimacy and authenticity. You’ll learn to:
- Recognize the defenses and perception of shame that keep men from confronting their emotions
- Develop enhanced skills in building a therapeutic relationship with men based on straightforward guidance and “guy talk,” rather than ambiguous therapy-speak
- Use specific techniques to counteract male relational dread and coach men to communicate in a related way
- Help a man’s partner learn how to bring out his best qualities, without becoming codependent
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David Wexler, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the executive director of the Relationship Training Institute. He’s the author of six books, including Men in Therapy and When Good Men Behave Badly.
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Tagged Challenging Clients and Treatment Populations, David Wexler, Men