WEEK 118: How to Ease Fear at Its Source

August 27 – September 1, 2018

August 27 – September 1, 2018 . . . . .

WEEK 118

August 27 – September 1, 2018


Monday, August 27, 2018

How to Empower Clients to Face Fear After Trauma

Pat Ogden, PhD shares where she starts when working with trauma-based fear.
Running time: 10:04

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

How to Work with Attachment-Based Fear

Pat Ogden, PhD shares how she works with fear that’s tied to a client’s early relationships.
Running time: 05:39

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How Addressing Shame Can Deflate Fear

Chris Germer, PhD shares the three paradoxes of shame . . . and how they can help clients ease their fears.
Running time: 07:26

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Three Phases of Working Through Fear

Ron Siegel, PsyD shares the three-stage process he follows for helping clients face fear . . . without pushing them beyond their limits.
Running time: 07:09

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Critical Insights

Ron Siegel, PsyD and Kelly McGonigal, PhD highlight the key concepts in this week’s videos.
Running time: 19:30

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Saturday, September 1, 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: 17:55

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4 Responses

  1. I am working with someone who was raised in foster care from age 18 months and never adopted. He feels so unlovable, so unwanted, flawed, and also wronged. There were a number of ideas this week that I can use to address these feelings and help this person feel better–to reach back and comfort the lonely, hurt, and shamed child that still lives inside.

  2. RE: working with fear and shame with people with dementia.

    Currently, I have been working with people with declining states of dementia combined with other neurological conditions. I have been trying an experiment with one client, an 80 yr. old woman who is a writer, of inviting her and her partner to call me at the moment she gets in an absolute funk, so we can see if we can leverage it out of her with a crow bar right away.

    She and her partner called one morning, and she explained that it started when both of them were having their toe nails clipped by a caregiver. The first thing she said was, “Imagine, being at the state when you need someone else to cut your toe nails.” A black cloud began to descend. Next she said she walked into her computer room, “and I became furious and depressed because I just can’t use it any more.”

    I commented on the link between the two, namely, on the one hand, the deep shame that she could no longer look after herself, not even sequencing getting ready in the morning with washing and dressing with her clothes in the right order; and, on the other hand, the sense of shame that she could not, even reading written instructions, do the steps to open her computer and look at her email, let alone her writing.

    It was as if a lightbulb went off for her. When I checked in with them for our next session which happened to be later in the day, she said she felt so much calmer, and for the first time, maybe in her life, she was looking at the depression from the outside instead of letting it take over from the inside. I commented that, before God, she is more than her dressing herself or her writing . And that maybe the task at hand was grieving these losses. She was able to call on her sense of the liminal and see herself in this bigger way.

    What is most interesting in my work with people with dementia is satisfying this deep curiosity I have about whether working in the moment with someone with no short term memory is efficacious for the long haul. My experience with this woman and several other clients with whom I have worked is that, amazingly it does last, and it seems to tap into a well-spring of the unconscious not touched by dementia, especially as it relates to shame.

    1. I find that fascinating that it does last. That you are able to touch a part of her emotions and mind that remain connected to the new feelings even if she does not remember the session specifically.