NP0025: Treating Anxiety: Latest Advances

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Motivating the Anxious Client: A Paradoxical Approach with David Burns


Treating Anxiety: The Latest Advances: NP0025 – Session 1

Dramatically shorten treatment time and improve clinical effectiveness with a new powerful motivational approach to anxiety and other presenting problems. Join David Burns as he uncovers and dispels resistance to treatment and enhances collaboration between therapist and client.

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

09.18.2012   Posted In: NP0025: Treating Anxiety: Latest Advances   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar John Chambnerlain 09.18.2012 13:09
    Nice webinar! I'm wondering what Dr. Burns's (and other people's) opinions are on the traditional behavioral therapist's graduated approach to exposure (starting with less scary experiences and working up to the scarier ones). His examples were those of jumping in the deep end of the anxiety pool very early in treatment -- is the gradual process unnecessary?
  • 0 avatar Florence Calhoun 09.18.2012 13:09
    Dr. Burns, what an excellent and thorough explanation of your techniques! I have read your work but this is my first time hearing you talk about your techniques. I would love to attend one of your trainings as most of my clients experience some form of anxiety. Thank you very much and I look forward to viewing your website.
  • Not available avatar Joanne Loftus 09.18.2012 13:16
    I have heard about the paradoxical agenda setting and always thought it was impossible to do. After you demonstrated it, I am willing to try it. I like the one moment, one thought idea and am hoping to try that out. I also like the idea of relapse and the voice that goes along with that.
  • 0 avatar Ruth MacAlister 09.18.2012 13:26
    I missed the instruction for obtaining D. Burns' ebook. Can you please repeat?
    Thank you.
    • Not available avatar PN Support 09.19.2012 14:59
      Hi Ruth,

      You can e-mail Dr. Burns directly at david@feelinggood.com for an order form for his latest e-book, "Tools, Not Schools of Therapy."
  • 0 avatar Sarah Chana Radcliffe 09.18.2012 21:32
    I really appreciated the point about exploring resistance BEFORE delving into treatment. I must say that the treatment sounded a bit rough - but Dr. Burns has found success where others have failed, so his approach obviously has much to recommend it. Thanks for the thought-provoking session!
  • Not available avatar Rosemary 09.21.2012 12:01
    wonderful! reassuring that I am on the right path. I Hope I can incorporate your work into my practice.
  • Not available avatar karen low 09.21.2012 14:02
    thank you so much...this is inspiring and focusing!
    tx also for the buddhist references.
    wow again and tx again
    k.low chicago
  • Not available avatar Wendy Watson 09.22.2012 10:23
    I enjoyed the webcast and learned quite a lot, but I am wondering about panic or anxiety that may be (and probably often is) a product of a traumatic event or a traumatic period of their life that has not be resolved or even addressed. Is that a second area to treat, or does it sometimes resolve through treating the symptoms as you(Dr. Burns) are doing?
    Could relapse be a product of still unresolved trauma/distress?
  • Not available avatar Arlene 09.23.2012 12:19
    I appreciate learning about Dr. Burns' techniques regarding anxiety but I would like a bit of clarification on whether this is designed more specifically for anxiety that stems from a phobia,such as Sam's excessive sweating and his lack of confidence, rather than techniques that might work for more trauma based anxiety.
    If a client is 'outcome resistant', but clearly is in need of therapy what would be the next step that Dr. Burns takes?
  • Not available avatar Brent 09.23.2012 16:50
    Thanks for the session! I forwarded it to my dad and sister who swear by Dr. Burns' work. My sister says Feeling Good is as important to her as the Bible. I, however, have struggled with the principles of CBT and so I'm grateful for the explanation of Paradoxical Agenda Setting because I think I have a lot of resistance to the process. Laden with philosophical quandaries, and assuming I have distorted thinking on the matter, I wondered if Dr. Burns had any advice for people who struggle with very fundamental questions about meaning. Having read Feeling Good and some other books on CBT I know it is very pragmatic and practical, but I don't seem to be able to let go of this notion of an objective reality and that my thoughts, even if distorted, cannot be changed until I have uncovered more Truth. In essence, I think that I fear I will change negatively distorted thoughts for positively distorted ones. This may be correct or incorrect, but this is how I feel, and I wondered if Dr. Burns or anyone else has kind advice on this. I do not wish to be stubborn, just trying to understand how I can get better.
  • Not available avatar Richard Shearman 09.23.2012 21:31
    Very stimulating and informative. I'm familiar with paradoxical approaches but your explanation was eminently clearer.

    How do these ideas fit with mindfulness and with interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)I? I moved into these from CBT about 6 years ago and I find great usefulness in them. But your approaches are clearly powerful. Suggestions?
  • Not available avatar Andrew Schwartz 09.24.2012 16:14
    Delightful interview! I was actually most struck by Dr. Burns's manner. The depth of benevolence is almost preternatural; combine that with such hard hitting technique and you have paradox right there! This gave me a different idea of Dr. Burns than his books have.
  • Not available avatar Evelyn Goodman 09.25.2012 01:47
    I enjoyed listening to David Burns as I have learned a lot from him over the years. What was omitted in this presentation was a
    discussion of how to decide if a client has the ego strength to
    go through the process of confronting their worst fear head-on.

    @Brent: Burns is focused on a persistent anxiety sympton and not the bigger picture issue of the clients' life. It really depends on what the client believes is important for them to work on in therapy.
  • Not available avatar Wendy Huntington 10.01.2012 13:24
    I enjoyed Dr. Burns presentation and learned a lot from his approach, from setting the first interview, to relapse prevention. It is very clear that he is pragmatic, empathic, and a very clear thinker and presenter. Thanks!
  • 0 avatar Louise Lamont 07.31.2013 16:20
    What an amazing speaker loved the techniques and new ways to treat anxiety! Thank you!
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