Cognitive Therapy for Panic Disorder
by Reid Wilson
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.

Part of the 6-video series: Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
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.

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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.

Length of video: 1:08:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-344-8

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-345-6

R. Reid Wilson, PhD is a licensed psychologist who directs the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Wilson specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and is the author of Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper Perennial, 1996), Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (Anxiety Disorders Association of America, 2003), and is co-author with Edna Foa of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam, 2001). Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America for twelve years and was Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders from 1988-1991. In 2014 The Anxiety and Depression Association of America honored Wilson for a lifetime of service in treating anxiety disorders, awarding him the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award at its annual conference in Chicago.

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Learning Objectives:

  • 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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