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Accelerated Treatment for Anxiety, Panic and Phobias 3-video Series
Trying to treat anxiety disorders therapists and clients can get stuck talking about symptoms and triggers. Learn how to use cognitive behavioral interventions that empower clients to rapidly recover from panic, phobias and other anxiety disorders.
Although most clients come to therapy in some state of distress, therapists and counselors working with clients struggling with anxiety, panic, phobias and other anxiety disorders need proactive tools to provide immediate relief and long-lasting change. These clients, whose lives have been diminished by their anxiety disorders, are often isolated and desperate to find relief. To be truly effective, therapists must quickly establish rapport, while actively developing a fundamental shift in their client's relationship with worry and fear. In this way, clients can learn to challenge their maladaptive belief systems, tolerate uncertainty, regulate their internal states and meet their anxieties head on.

A leading authority in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and known for his innovative, counterintuitive, and highly effective methods, Reid Wilson asks clients if they “are willing to be afraid” with him. In the process, he will show you how to recreate fearful situations in the safety of your session so clients learn to “handle more than they think they can.” By implementing small in-session behavioral experiments and integrating mastery-oriented homework assignments, Wilson will teach you how to help clients access their courage, confront their fears, live more fully.

Live demonstrations of his approach with three challenging clients, Wilson’s running voiceover commentaries, and pre- and post-session analyses with Psychotherapy.net’s founder Victor Yalom, offer added depth to increase your confidence and skill when working with these most challenging clients.   

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In this Series…

What therapists are saying…

“Reid Wilson provides an extraordinary insight into the process of exposure therapy for phobias. Observing him implement exposure therapy is beautifully complemented by his explanation of what he is aiming to achieve each step of the way. This course provides a rare look into the mechanisms of exposure as it is unfolding. Invaluable resource for working with clients with anxiety disorders.”

— Michelle  G. Craske, PhD, Director, Anxiety Disorders Research Center, UCLA
“This is a unique opportunity to look behind the scene at how one of the pioneers in the field of anxiety treatment actually goes about doing therapy. You will be able to understand the principles behind how he makes choices from moment to moment as he actively pushes his patients to relate to their inner experience with an entirely different attitude. Even if you learned CBT for anxiety disorders years ago and have been seeing patients for years, you will see why this particular innovation is a breakthrough.”

— Sally Winston, PsyD, Co-Director, Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic of Maryland
“In this course viewers can easily understand Wilson’s approach. His pacing, leading, and reframing, intermixed with insightful prodding questions, facts, and positive associations, helps clients to think, feel, and act differently. I recommend this course for anyone working with clients struggling with anxiety.”

-- John D. Lentz, DMin
In Depth
Reid Wilson’s pioneering work in the treatment of anxiety disorders may seem unconventional, even provocative at first; especially to clinicians who have neither been trained in exposure therapy or who are resistant or intimidated by the approach. However, by “sitting in” with him alongside these three clients, you will watch and learn that for those struggling with anxiety disorders, experience is indeed the greatest teacher.

Wilson begins his work with Olivia, a woman suffering from a longstanding fear of contamination coupled with an extensive, rigid and paralyzing repertoire of cleaning rituals that keep her frozen in her own life. With humor, clarity, and empathic analogies that leverage her motivation for success, he encourages Olivia to look beyond the content of her fears, externalize her anxiety, challenge her attitude towards her fear-based symptoms, and welcome the chance to master her discomfort. He provides Olivia with here-and-now mastery-oriented assignments, psychoeducation and practical tools to live amicably with anxiety by replacing maladaptive avoidance and with an in-the-moment acceptance of distress and mastery over it.

Next, we meet Renée, who 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. And in this understanding, Renee gains the courage to wipe away her rituals.

Finally, we watch Wilson work with Mary, who loves to travel, but dreads the tight, inescapable enclosed space of airplanes. In fact, any enclosed space where she feels trapped triggers Mary’s fear of suffocation, so she spends much of her time avoiding parking structures, elevators, and reluctantly coping with panic attacks when avoidance is impossible. Over the course of two transformational sessions, Wilson leads Mary through several cognitive and behavioral experiments which give her the opportunity to face her fears of both suffocation and restriction. From breathing with a nose plug on, to sliding a pillowcase over her head and sealing it with packing tape, and finally to climbing into a large cardboard box, Mary courageously peels away layers of terror, gradually shifting her point of view from “I can’t handle this” to “I want this fear and I can handle it.”


So, whether you’re struggling using traditional approaches with these challenging clients, have not been trained in exposure therapy, or are simply looking for a fresh understanding of anxiety disorders and effective ways to treat it, you will welcome Wilson's innovative approach and learn how to put it into immediate practice.

Learning Objectives

After watching these videos, you will...
  • Apply the core concepts of Wilson’s approach to treating clients suffering from anxiety disorders, including panic and phobias
  • Identify tools for facilitating effective anxiety-reducing approach, rather than avoidant behaviors
  • Utilize rapport and leverage clients' existing strengths to build clients' commitment to treatment and long-lasting change

Length of Series: 5:46:22

English subtitles available

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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