WEEK 117: How to Help Clients Develop Healthy Ways to Cope with Fear

August 20 – August 25, 2018 . . . . .

WEEK 117

August 20 – August 25, 2018


Monday, August 20, 2018

Activating the Social Engagement System to Cope with Fear

Stephen Porges, PhD shares how he helps clients when fear triggers a near constant state of defense or shutdown.
Running time: 10:00

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

How to Replace Strategies that Deepen Fear

Bonnie Goldstein, LCSW, EdM, PhD shares the key difference between a coping strategy that works and one that doesn’t.
Running time: 09:38

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

How to Help Clients Cope with Existential Fears

Joan Borysenko, PhD shares one strategy that can help clients face one of the life’s scariest uncertainties.
Running time: 07:42

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Three Steps to Empower Clients and Soothe Fear

Shelly Harrell, PhD shares a three-stage process to help clients manage fear.
Running time: 08:50

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Critical Insights

Ron Siegel, PsyD and Kelly McGonigal, PhD highlight the key concepts in this week’s videos.
Running time: 20:18

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Focus on Application

Joan Borysenko, PhD, and Rick Hanson, PhD connect exercises and techniques with this week’s discussion so you can begin using these ideas right away with your clients.
Running time: 19:25

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10 Responses

  1. Hi again just listened to Joan Borysenko’s recounting of her session with the man who was dying. it is a lovely story as well as being instructive. Many of my clients share their anxiety about being alone in facing difficult challenges and I feel that by using creative imagery and offering to join them symbolically or spiritually will give them solace, and help them achieve their goal or get through a difficult time in their lives.

  2. Bonnie Goldsteins recounting of her work with the 5 year old boy was both touching and informative. The innocence and enthusiasm that characterizes 5 year old people is so positive to hear about. Although she did not talk about humour, his smiles and excitement suggest that he had come to see the humour in his actions. He was having fun. As Dr. Porges touched on, fun and fear are not compatible, as surely one will negate the other. If this boys fear is more deeply routed in a traumatic incident or tension in his home, the fear will return to live somewhere else and the work will continue. However, I do find that adults and children alike are helped by speaking about their fear and although it is not simply ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ facing it and breaking down the elements, assigning antidotes to each element or the whole situation, helps to neutralize the object, event, or action.

    1. Love the speakers words of wisdom, but the comments by the commenters often help. Your comment “assigning antidotes” rang so true to me. These words will stay in the mind when seeing the next client.

      The right phrase has such power when used at the right time in therapy just like Porges stating “fun and fear are not compatible.” Or I think it was Joan Borysenko or Pat Ogden in an earlier webinar spoke about not “avoiding,” and Bill Hanlon or Peter Levine suggesting we need to assure we do not back down when the fears surface but pursue the healing of the emotion.

  3. Liked the webinar on existential fears as they manifest themselves in quite a more physical manner when they surface. They take on a different set of physiological responses, oftentimes dissociative symptoms when least expected without any seeming trigger. Lately what seems to haunt me more than ever before is loss of freedom more than fear of death.

  4. Joan, that was a wonderful idea for my clients who are animal lovers to help them soothe. I will use this thought with two clients I will see this week who are improving social anxiety but could use a boost to help them throughout the day, i.e. one actually works in a vet clinic. She uses a squeeze ball when the anxiety overwhelms her at work, as she would frequently wring her hands when speaking of past traumas. So I recommended a ball to squeeze, but she adores her cats and uses them at home to sooth. As she is so invested in what does soothe her she always speaks of her cats, so this purse idea would be wonderful for her.

    Once I had a caseworker who had a dog purse. She used it frequently when she was dealing with a tough situation with a client. Thanks for reminding of other, fun avenues to use with clients. Joan’s approach parallels with Porges speaking of the play to help diffuse fear.

    Had a neurologist recommend Super Better, a book that speaks of how to use video games to help with trauma. I do think the more tools we can give clients is appropriate as long as they are invested in the causation, responding to their body cues so long neglected.

  5. Liked Stephen Porges spoke of the different paths of fear. All my clinical life I believe my use of humor has been affective when used at the right time, not to avoid but to help use that playful skill I had to learn on my own as a youth. –Not as a source of avoidance but a way to laugh at myself comparing it to a way to handle a worrisome path, depending on the fears surfacing. Once those fears are discharged with one who listens, the destructive energy is firstly acknowledged and then discharged if we can honor the body’s response.

    You can see what is needed in the client’s face as they regulate their need. The feedback I get from client over the years is a sense of hope.

    Also I think our own personal experiences, while often tragic, helps empathy for our fellow man. Sometimes our fears add depth to relationships. Feels like a release valve when one can share and I have noticed it is often followed by a joyful relaxed laugh.

    We should have a webinar on humor and fear once the nervous system is understood and used affectively. Have a wonderful PTDS client from childbirth and on who found a wonderful superhero in a hypnotherapy session and she uses it often when need to empower her concern she might be approaching a shut down as she can feel that uneasiness surfacing. We have used it often and now it has put her in a greater feeling of empowerment.

  6. Joan, that was an absolutely touching and profound experience that you shared. Mark was able to use your presence in such a remarkable why. I am glad that as Mark continued practicing his journey into the meadow and beyond, that the Light became what he entered. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. It is obvious that you loved your client and were immensely helpful in guiding him in the last phase of his life on this earth.

  7. I truly loved Joan’s contribution! Thank you so much, Joan, for sharing Mark’s story with such vulnerability. “Practicing Dying”- wow! Hearing about his journey was eye opening, truly uplifting and absolutely beautiful. It gave me lots of food for thought. I feel so grateful for you, Joan, and all the other fabulous experts in this program.