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Free choice subjectHow to Control Severe Anxiety and OCD - the practical skills you need

A NEW one-day course with tutor: Denise Winn   

Please note:
This course has been replaced by the following two
separate courses which complement each other:

How to Control Severe Anxiety
- the practical skills you need


and

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- understanding OCD and how best to treat it

        

What you will gain from attending:

  • 20+ tried and tested psychological techniques for dealing with over-anxiety
  • A powerful way to recognise obsessive-compulsive thoughts and a simple 4-step method for dealing with them
  • How guided imagery speeds up treatment for high anxiety/OCD – plus special tips for using it with clients suffering from over-anxiety or OCD
  • Why it’s important to distinguish between two fundamental kinds of anxiety – and methods for dealing with both
  • How to recognise panic attacks and deal with them effectively
  • Ways to change a poor sleep pattern caused by anxiety
  • New perspectives on what drives anxiety
  • The three different components of anxiety – and why anxiety can get out of control
  • How anxiety affects the body – and how the body affects anxiety
  • How to separate a person from their anxiety
  • Why social anxiety occurs and how to handle it
  • 4 effective methods for bringing down physiological arousal very quickly – and safely
  • How stories can complement therapy for anxiety
  • Practice sessions throughout the day of a range of new skills and techniques
  • ...and much more

 

Why this day is important:

Anxiety blights the lives of increasingly large numbers of people. It may initially be focused on realistic concerns – such as financial difficulties, health, job insecurity or unemployment, relationship problems (particularly complex in blended families) and fears about the future in an increasingly uncertain world – but then spiral out of control.

Or it may have no clear cause and manifests as an ever-present feeling of being ‘wired’, tense or vulnerable, very often accompanied by out-of-control thoughts. Left unaddressed, over-anxiety can badly affect sleep and physical, as well as mental, health.

This highly practical course focuses on the key information and practical skills you need to be able to lower anxiety levels and/or tackle OCD effectively – you will have many opportunities to practise the new skills and techniques yourself.

It concentrates on generalised anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder – GAD), social anxiety, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

This practical skills course complements the Online Course: 'Understanding anxiety – and managing it without drugs'

Trauma and phobias are dealt with on a separate practical skills training day (see “The fast trauma (PTSD) and phobia cure”).

 

 

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with, lives with, teaches or treats people who may be highly anxious – such as psychotherapists, Counsellors, health and social care professionals, educators, individuals working in a variety of capacities in any number of organisations, and those in relationships or families affected by anxiety.

The course is also valuable for anyone struggling to deal with their own over-anxiety or obsessive thoughts.

You will gain life skills that are of benefit to everyone.

Please Note: This course is not a substitute for individual therapy

 

Course Programme

The 'How to Control Severe Anxiety and OCD' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Bringing down physiological arousal

  • The three components of anxiety
  • Symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks explained
  • Why anxiety can get out of control
  • Recognising and dealing with hyperventilation
  • Four simple ways to bring down physiological arousal quickly and safely – demonstration and practice
  • How chronic anxiety affects sleep, and how to break the cycle

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Psychological approaches to anxiety management

  • The difference between trait and state anxiety, and methods for
    helping with both
  • Generalised anxiety and common over-anxiety thoughts
  • Antenatal anxiety and its connection with postnatal depression
  • 20-plus tried and tested psychological methods for mastering
    over-anxiety
  • Coping with social anxieties, including public speaking

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – OCD – handling the bully

  • Essential principles for understanding OCD
  • The 4-step approach to overcoming it
  • Film of effective therapy with a client with OCD. Discussion

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Guided imagery and stories

  • Explanation of guided imagery and why it is so powerful in helping
    with over-anxiety
  • Special tips and techniques for using it to reduce high anxiety
  • How stories can complement therapy
  • Closing thoughts and discussion

4.00pm — Day ends


This course has been replaced by the following two separate courses which complement each other:

How to Control Severe Anxiety
- the practical skills you need


and

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- understanding OCD and how best to treat it