We all worry. It’s an important signal that helps us plan our time and efforts. But the noise of worry can become like a boombox in our heads with no off-switch. This demonstration will help a client face unneeded worries head-on and deplete their energy rather than trying to avoid them.
We will explore the fundamental structure of worry—how it ignores data that isn’t negative, how it squeezes out room for corrective information, and how it gives rise to erroneous beliefs. Participants will then learn practical strategies, based on the latest research, on how to challenge worry, including courting it rather than trying to avoid it.
Learning to shift from worry to wonder releases conscious struggle and makes more energy available for rapid recovery and healing. Reframing worry as a request from the unconscious mind for a plan to survive an anticipated crisis can reduce stress hormones and muscle tension while enhancing immune system health. Knowing you can access a deep unconscious wisdom and support frees the conscious mind and prepares it to receive a therapeutic surprise.
Chronically anxious clients continually scan their world for potential catastrophes that they feel incapable of facing. Participants will learn a set of therapeutic strategies—physiological, cognitive and behavioral—for treating worries, based on the latest research. These will help clients face unneeded worries head-on and dispatch with them rather than being consumed by them or trying to avoid them.