Reid Wilson

217 – Mastering the Anxiety Game

Teaching Clients to Welcome their Fears
REID WILSON

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! 

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516 – The Power of Self-Talk in Anxiety Treatment

From Threat to Challenge
REID WILSON

How do you move someone toward anxious uncertainty when their heart, mind, and soul are committed to finding safety? The key is helping clients alter their self-talk in a way that transforms their relationship with a feared situation from one of “threat” to one of “challenge.” This shift in perspective can enable them to aggressively step forward into uncertainty even without having to shift their anxiety down. In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Train anxious clients in therapeutic self-talk based on their individual personality traits
  • Teach clients to approach, personify, exaggerate, and talk directly to their anxiety, even pursuing and ridiculing it
  • Use paradoxical instructions to help clients overcome their automatic instincts to avoid feared situations

Reid Wilson, PhD, is adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine. He’s 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!

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