Cognitive Therapy for Panic Disorder
by Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
In this live session with a real patient, anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson applies a provocative cognitive behavioral approach to one of the most vexing problems therapists encounter: panic disorder.
Panic disorder is a devastating and debilitating anxiety disorder; often there is no clear precipitant that triggers the panic attacks, and therapists are often mystified about how to help their clients get them under control. Exposure Therapy is often cited as the treatment of choice, but most therapists have never witnessed, much less been trained in this approach. Here, anxiety disorder expert Reid Wilson shows you how it’s done in this remarkable live session with a woman whose panic disorder has made her life completely unmanageable.
Renée has been struggling with panic disorder for almost a decade, and has been unable to do much of anything alone. Fearful of driving, shopping at the supermarket, or even taking a stroll in the park, she has become increasingly agoraphobic, only venturing as far as her parents’ home 3 1/2 miles away. Seeing the effect her anxiety is having on her ability to parent her small child, she feels she must tackle her problem now, for his benefit as well as her own.
With humor and compassion, Wilson engages Renée in his signature “provocative approach” to treating panic disorders, encouraging her to not only welcome, but beg her symptoms to increase when she feels them arise. Using exposure therapy to recreate her symptoms in vivo, he shows Renée that it is her relationship to her symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves, that makes them so intractable.
If you’re struggling using traditional approaches with clients who have panic or other anxiety disorders, let Wilson guide you in a radically different, counterintuitive and extremely effective approach.
By watching this video, you will:
- Learn the core concepts of Wilson’s approach to treating panic disorder
- Understand how to conduct a highly focused assessment
- Identify tools for helping clients tolerate discomfort and panic symptoms
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About the Author
REID WILSON, Ph.D. is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper) and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (ADAA), is co-author, with Dr. Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam), is co-author, with Lynn Lyons, LICSW, of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children (HCI Books) and of Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. He is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier. He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. He serves as the Expert for WebMD’s Anxiety and Panic Community. His free self-help website – www.anxieties.com – serves 500,000 visitors per year. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Katie Show, Good Morning America, and CNN. He has served as psychologist in an episode of A&E’s Hoarders.