Many clinicians encounter clients who have had long-term struggles with Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and/or Major Depression.
In this 5-day training, we will examine these diagnoses through the lens of hyper-arousal and hypo-arousal. This examination will provide both clinicians and clients a framework with which to understand the cognitive, emotional, somatic, and behavioral symptomatology that accompanies anxious or depressed experiences. We will also put clients in a psychosocial lens, processing the triggers that can occur intra-psychically, inter-personally, and environmentally. We will look at typical “resistances” that emerge when clients are asked to consider pharmacological intervention. And we will review “medication myths” that mental health and medical professionals can address to help overcome unnecessary or inaccurate fears. We will also discuss the impact that “medical Marijuana” has when used for treating anxiety and depression.
Participants will have many opportunities to explore non-pharmacological creative approaches to decreasing negative thoughts, feelings, and uncomfortable somatic experiences that can overwhelm depressed or anxious clients.
This training will also provide participants an opportunity to dramatically increase their toolbox of interventions by learning how to incorporate into their practice:
• breath work, Brain Gym, and other forms of exercise
• cognitive re-framing with writing prompts
• two-handed writing
• the therapeutic use of art prompts
• solution-focused strategies
• Parts work from the IFS model
• positive self-talk, visualization, and guided imagery exercises
• soothing with the use of somatic resourcing
All these strategies can be used in conjunction with pharmacological treatment or as stand-alone interventions.
The creative techniques presented in this training will leave clinicians and clients alike feeling much more empowered and much less hopeless about treating anxiety, depression, and Affective Disorders.