Project Description

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Presenter: Dr Sharon Lewis

Date: 10 February 2021

Venue: Online

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This online seminar looks at effective techniques to identify and treat anxiety symptoms. The focus will be on the root causes of unconscious anxiety, in particular early attachment trauma and difficulties in emotional processing.

With a focus on the neuro-physiological correlates of anxiety, the workshop will illustrate how clinicians can monitor anxiety levels to ensure a ‘zone of safety’ so patients remain within a therapeutic window that facilitates therapeutic progress. The way in which processing unconscious emotions can be helpful in overcoming anxiety symptoms will also be explored.

The following topics will be covered:

  • The links between attachment trauma and development of anxiety symptoms
  • the physiology of unconscious anxiety
  • assessment of severity of anxiety pathways
  • Specific regulatory techniques used in Attachment-Based ISTDP to treat anxiety symptoms
  • Working effectively with anxiety to deepen emotional processing in session

This workshop draws on techniques from Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), an evidence-based, emotion-focused, accelerated form of dynamic psychotherapy. ISTDP emphasises the somatic experience of emotions in the here and now; monitoring unconscious signalling of anxiety in the body; and developing an active approach to maladaptive defence mechanisms.

This is a live, interactive seminar and the number of places is limited to 12, so there will be opportunity for questions and discussion.

Please note the following before booking:

  • clinical material will be presented in the seminar
  • all participants must be qualified and registered with a professional body, eg: HCPC, UKCP, GMC (trainees are eligible)
  • participants will be asked to sign a confidentiality statement
  • participants will need to keep their own video turned on during the presentation