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Anxiety: Treatment Techniques that Really Work

  • Free clients from panic disorder
  • Overcome fears of flying, driving, and public speaking
  • Help clients quiet their mind and relieve chronic worry
  • Hostages no more: help clients lose their fear of fear
  • Eliminate the barriers of social anxiety

Dr. Carbonell believes that people who struggle with chronic anxiety have been “tricked”, by their physiology and their “common sense”, into getting caught up in a struggle that increasingly complicates and degrades their lives. His method is to help people walk a different path, one that fosters recovery by disengaging from the constant “anti-anxiety” struggle which now maintains their present difficulties.

Watch this seminar and take home effective strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Paradoxical Therapy, Metacognitive Therapy, and traditional CBT in a unique and innovative way. This workshop will show you how to empower your clients with anxiety disorders to see themselves as good, capable people who have been fooled by anxiety, rather than defective people who need to be protected. Join Dr. Carbonell for this powerful program, and discover how to motivate your clients to seek out, rather than avoid, the corrective experiences they need for recovery from an anxiety disorder.


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David Carbonell, Ph.D.
6 Hours 14 Minutes
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May 12, 2015
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Digital Seminar
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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Effective treatment methods for anxiety disorders were just starting to enter the mainstream when David Carbonell, Ph.D., began his career as a psychologist over 25 years ago. He’s been helping people overcome fears and phobias, and developing new treatment strategies, ever since. Blending humor, compassion, and acceptance with cognitive behavioral methods, Dr. Carbonell, a sought after presenter, has taught his unique treatment methods to more than 5,000 mental health professionals at workshops across the country.

Dr. Carbonell is the “Coach” at, a popular self help site, as well as the author of The Worry Trick (New Harbinger Publications, 2016) and Panic Attacks Workbook (Ulysses Press, 2004). He’s the founding member of The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy troupe of psychotherapists, and a frequent speaker at annual conferences of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He has a unique blend of CBT, ACT, Metacognitive Therapy to offer people with anxiety disorders, and the professionals who treat them, and it’s his goal for you to leave armed with an approach, and numerous specific tools, that you can use the next day.

Clinicians rave about David’s guiding formulation of the Anxiety Trick, the simple, humorous language with which he describes it, and the way he helps you translate it into practical, powerful interventions. Join him for a day and go home ready to use innovative new strategies for helping anxious clients, bypassing many of the usual obstacles to progress as you guide your clients to recovery.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: David Carbonell maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for Ulysses Press. Dr. Carbonell receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Carbonell has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  • Explain how anxiety tricks your clients into getting stuck – and how to turn that around.
  • Breakdown anxiety about treatment and build a strong working relationship with the most anxious of clients.
  • Describe strategies to help clients recover from Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder with or without medications.
  • Identify strategies to relieve your clients shame, blame & excessive self-protection.
  • Apply powerful methods to help clients overcome the fears of flying and public speaking.
  • Demonstrate a breathing technique which not only restores comfortable breathing, but stands as a metaphor to guide future responses to anxiety.


Treatment Strategies

Prepare Clients for Treatment

  • Work with the fear of treatment
  • Build a better future from past disappointments
  • Putting out fires with gasoline
  • The Anxiety Trick
  • The end of anti-anxiety

Soothe Your Mind

  • The problem with correcting thoughts
  • “Uncle Argument” at the banquet
  • Exposure techniques for worry
  • Disempowering shame and secrecy
  • Disengaging from “What if?”

Calm Your Body

  • Diaphragmatic breathing the right way
  • Relaxation and visualization
  • Replace destructive avoidance with valued actions
  • Use your body
  • When do we use relaxation?

Train Your Brain

  • “It’s so irrational”
  • Is it danger or discomfort?
  • Work with your amygdala
  • The rationale for exposure
  • Undoing safety behaviors
  • Avoidance avoidance

Treating Anxiety Disorders

Panic Disorder

  • What maintains it? How to end it.
  • Hope and help for demoralized clients
  • Getting unstuck from the “Why?” questions
  • 3 powerful questions

Specific Phobias

  • In vivo exposure for:
    • Fear of flying
    • Fear of public speaking

Social Anxiety Disorder

  • The self-centered phobia
  • Secrecy is a safety behavior
  • Whose thoughts bother you?
  • Overcoming embarrassment and criticism
  • Handling anxiety symptoms and mistakes

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • The Worry Disease
  • The two types of worry
  • The Mad Libs of anxiety
  • Paradoxical thought experiments
  • No more thought stopping
  • Change the client’s relationship with worry

Target Audience

Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Therapists, Others in caring professions



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 49


Richard S - London, Hertfordshire

"I really enjoyed this course. I liked Dave's friendly and at times humorous approach to treating anxiety and feel I learnt a great deal during the process."

G. Michael M

"This was an outstanding webinar."

Terri Ann M

"Fantastic webinar!"

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