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Anxiety as a GPS

Danie Beaulieu On How to Make Panic An Ally.

Most of our therapeutic interventions for anxiety center around managing over-blown feelings of fear. But what if we consider anxiety as a vital signal, alerting us that we are taking actions that do not align with who we truly are?

In a recent conversation—part of our upcoming webcast series on the latest advances in treating anxiety—Danie Beaulieu explains how panic can function as the voice of clients’ internal GPS, telling them when they are making a “wrong turn” in their lives.

In this video clip, Danie tells the story of a client’s panic attacks at work, and how he eventually heard the valuable information they contained.

In just the few minutes of the interview, you’ll find plenty that you can apply directly in your own work with anxious clients.

Danie Beaulieu is just one of the six innovators included in our upcoming video webcast series, Treating Anxiety: The Latest Advances.

Learn other techniques and interventions that are proven to provide relief for a wide range of anxiety symptoms. 

Here’s a look at what else this 6-session series will address:

  • David Burns on Motivating the Anxious Client: A Paradoxial Approach
    Learn an unusual approach to dispelling resistance that dramatically accelerates anxiety treatment.
  • Margaret Wehrenberg on The Neurobiology of Anxiety
    Bring the insights of neuroscience to your work with anxious clients
  • Danie Beaulieu on Interrupting the Anxiety Cycle
    Expand your range of active, engaging, and sensory-based interventions in treatment.
  • Steve Andreas on Single-Session Cures with Anxiety Problems
    Learn powerful techniques for bringing about immediate and enduring changes through 2 video case studies.
  • Lynn Lyons on Parents, Children, and Anxiety: Changing the Family Dance
    Get an introduction on how to use humor, play and metaphor with anxious kids and their parents.
  • Reid Wilson on Defeating Panic
    Learn a step-by-step approach to help anxious clients shift their relationship to panic.

Treating Anxiety
The Latest Advances
Starts Thursday, October 3rd

Click here for full details

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4 Responses to Anxiety as a GPS

  1. drevelyn says:

    Yes, sometimes the answer to the question of what is the anxiety about is straightforward and even obvious. Working with severely anxious people for the last 34 years
    I have found this to be the exception rather than the rule.

  2. AndreaA says:

    As a therapist working with anxiety for many years I have
    to disagree with Danie’s approach to anxiety. Often client’s
    have their jobs because of their anxiety and until the root cause
    of the anxiety is addressed it will follow him to the next job. Her
    example is certainly the exception and not the rule.

  3. Svetlana says:

    The question is “are we treating anxiety or are we treating a person who experiences anxiety”. Because if we are treating a person, than it does matter what his anxiety is about. If we are dealing with a client who has a long history of anxiety and panic, then addressing anxiety would probably be the right approach. If however the client, not otherwise particularly anxious, suddenly presents strong symptoms in connection to a particular situation, it is probably worth looking into his relationship with the situation, and I suspect these are the cases that D. Beaulieu reminds us about. It seems to me it is not about one right choice, but about keeping all the options in mind while approaching the case…

  4. Derek says:

    Anxiety, like hypervigilance and other responses to real danger, are useful when you need them, and problematic when you don’t need them. They keep a soldier alive in combat, and they help a person decide to finally get out of an abusive relationship. Once we’re no longer in danger, they can become pathological habits of thinking. But they can still become useful again. Becoming anxious when approached by another charismatic, but controlling, person may be useful. Feeling a strong aversion to a gentle fellow member of the choir, probably not. Recognizing the difference between useful and non-useful anxiety is a step in treatment.

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