Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety: Core Concepts
by Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
In this compelling culmination to our series on the strategic treatment of anxiety disorders, master clinician Reid Wilson sums up the fundamentals to tackling the most common condition psychotherapists are confronted with. In this lively new video, the seasoned anxiety expert combines a live presentation with an accompanying case demonstration to illustrate the core concepts of his groundbreaking technique and paradoxical twist on exposure therapy.
With more than three decades of treating OCD, phobias, and panic disorder under his belt, Wilson distills his formidable clinical expertise into an accessible live overview that’s both conceptual and strategic. Noting that a stance of “collaborative curiosity” underpins any successful treatment, he begins work with Olivia, a woman suffering from a longstanding need to compulsively clean house and wash her hands to avoid “contamination.” With humor, clarity, and empathic analogies that leverage his client’s motivation for success, he encourages her to look beyond the content of her fears, externalize her anxiety, and welcome the chance to master her discomfort.
Emphasizing the practice of moving toward the experience of anxiety itself, Wilson shows you how he challenges clients to rise above their fears and not merely tolerate uncertainty, but invite and embrace it enthusiastically. Weaving together commentary and demonstration, he provides Olivia with psychoeducation and practical tools to “habituate” toward distress on a moment-by-moment basis, and offers her firm support as she gradually musters the courage to willingly smear her hands across a filthy kitchen sink.
Wilson’s passionate personality shines through in this video, and you’ll be prompted to rethink your own clinical approach after watching him in action. If you’re looking for a fresh understanding of anxiety disorders and effective ways to treat its most unyielding aspects, you’ll love this “advanced class” showcasing Wilson’s unique protocol.
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.