Deconstructing Anxiety: Cracking the Code of the 5 Core Fears

There are many psychotherapeutic approaches for anxiety disorders that have been shown to be effective (Bandelow et al., 2015), with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) generally better than other approaches (van Dis et al., 2020). The Deconstructing Anxiety model is a new synthesis of evidence-based techniques, highlighting the common themes that have been empirically demonstrated as most helpful. This model teaches clinicians how to identify the root causes of anxiety, rather than addressing more superficial layers of the problem. Employing CBT, psychodynamic, mindfulness and positive psycholog...Read morey approaches, this model aims to address the resistances that keep anxiety alive, and transform them into a sense of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. The program presents a method for discovering the single “core fear” (i.e., “schema” in CBT) at the root of all anxiety, helping clients find this core fear when they appropriately deconstruct a problem. Core fears have been proposed for social phobia (Moscovitch, 2009) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (Gillihan et al., 2012) and are viewed as necessary to address for treatment to be effective. Psychodynamic theory postulates that we develop our primary defenses to protect ourselves from these fears, but always at a great cost. This leaves us constantly holding vigil, on the lookout for the resurfacing of the threat. When this process spins out of control, an anxiety disorder develops. Various approaches are offered to address the anxiety disorders based on the clinician’s assessment, and include an emphasis on exposure therapy (CBT), as well as mindfulness, and a process for taking actions toward a positive future (learned optimism) to enhance “flourishing” and establish “flow.”

Seminar participants will learn how to use different evidence-based approaches to treat anxiety under this framework. Less...

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the core fear/chief defense model of anxiety.
  • Analyze the five core fears and the primary and secondary defenses we develop in response to them.
  • Demonstrate how to identify a client’s unique core fear and chief defense.

Target Audience

This live interactive webinar is intended for mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFT's and Addiction Professionals.

Learning Levels

  • Intermediate to advanced

Saturday, March 18, 2023

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