In this compelling culmination to our series on the strategic treatment of anxiety disorders, master clinician Reid Wilson sums up the fundamentals to tackling the most common condition psychotherapists are confronted with. In this lively new video, the seasoned anxiety expert combines a live presentation with an accompanying case demonstration to illustrate the core concepts of his groundbreaking technique and paradoxical twist on exposure therapy.
With more than three decades of treating OCD, phobias, and panic disorder under his belt, Wilson distills his formidable clinical expertise into an accessible live overview that’s both conceptual and strategic. Noting that a stance of “collaborative curiosity” underpins any successful treatment, he begins work with Olivia, a woman suffering from a longstanding need to compulsively clean house and wash her hands to avoid “contamination.” With humor, clarity, and empathic analogies that leverage his client’s motivation for success, he encourages her to look beyond the content of her fears, externalize her anxiety, and welcome the chance to master her discomfort.
Emphasizing the practice of moving toward the experience of anxiety itself, Wilson shows you how he challenges clients to rise above their fears and not merely tolerate uncertainty, but invite and embrace it enthusiastically. Weaving together commentary and demonstration, he provides Olivia with psychoeducation and practical tools to “habituate” toward distress on a moment-by-moment basis, and offers her firm support as she gradually musters the courage to willingly smear her hands across a filthy kitchen sink.
Wilson’s passionate personality shines through in this video, and you’ll be prompted to rethink your own clinical approach after watching him in action. If you’re looking for a fresh understanding of anxiety disorders and effective ways to treat its most unyielding aspects, you’ll love this “advanced class” showcasing Wilson’s unique protocol.
With an initial case demonstration paired alongside live analysis, Reid Wilson marks the culmination of over thirty years of clinical work in this new video featuring the core concepts of his accelerated approach to anxiety disorders.
In addition to a hefty lecture on the essentials of Wilson’s approach, you’ll be introduced to Olivia, a woman who visits Wilson after all of her efforts at controlling her anxiety have failed. Contrary to the avoidant strategies she’s employed in the past, Wilson suggests a counterintuitive intervention: “going after the distress.”
Wilson’s compassionate but firm approach takes the view that “If clients don’t risk the feared consequence, they can’t get better.” Over the course of just one introductory session, Wilson helps Olivia’s “move toward” the anxiety that drives her compulsive behaviors, and fundamentally shifts her frame of reference so that she can more fully engage with her discomfort, and begin to win “the anxiety game.”
This enlightening video serves as a capstone for the Strategic Treatment of Anxiety Disorders series, bringing you key elements of Wilson’s protocol as it applies to panic, phobias, and OCD.
By watching this video, you will:
- Understand the core concepts of Wilson’s strategic approach to treating anxiety disorders.
- Identify tools for helping clients increase their tolerance of uncertainty and discomfort.
- Learn ways to increase client rapport and gain consent to treatment.
This is an Instructor Version and can be used for groups and training purposes.
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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