The Eight Week Intensive

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A Powerful New Approach for Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders
(Attend live or live webinar)

“Phenomenal…by far the best seminar I have ever attended”--L.P, Ph.D.



“Outstanding…ingenious….This is worth the world’s attention”—S.K., Ph.D.

“One of the most exciting things I've come across in a long time.—G.S., Program Director

“Deeply moving and extremely effective”—L.P., Counselor “Wonderful”—A.P., LPC


A groundbreaking, cutting-edge seminar for rapidly uncovering the root causes of anxiety in even your most difficult clients.  You will learn never-before-presented techniques for releasing the resistances that keep anxiety alive, getting at their source and transforming them into a sense of high purpose and meaning, yielding powerful change and lasting results.

With the revolutionary understanding that anxiety (fear) is at the root of all suffering, you will gain insight into the five core fears--“universal themes of loss”--we all share, including:

  • abandonment (loss of love), 

  • loss of identity, 

  • loss of meaning,

  • loss of purpose (the chance to express oneself) and 

  • fear of death (including fear of sickness and pain).  


We develop our primary defenses, usually early in childhood or at times of trauma, as our best attempt to protect ourselves from these fears, but always at too great a cost.  This leaves us constantly holding vigil, on the lookout for the resurfacing of the fear.  We build our entire personality upon this fear-defense dynamic.  When it spins out of control, an anxiety disorder develops.  


The theory and techniques offered in this workshop, such as “The Alchemist”, “The Witness” and “The Warrior’s Stance”, will teach you how to uncover the core fear and chief defense quickly and reliably.  These will be understood as the architects of personality and the creators of our perceptual world.  Armed with this knowledge, new strategies for “doing the opposite” of the chief defense and its secondary defenses have proven extremely successful in even the most anxious clients.  Incorporating psychodynamics, mindfulness, Gestalt, CBT and transpersonal psychology, participants will undergo the actual techniques being presented, making for a rich and highly experiential presentation.  At the deepest level, we will pinpoint the precise moment where resistance is created and how to release it.  This leads to the ultimate goal of letting go “the resistance to resistance”, a key to transforming our entire view of Self and redefining the limits of the human experience.  The way is then paved for the final section on “Vision Questing”, wherein the five core fears are fully resolved, and one may live their lives with a solid sense of identity, meaning, purpose, love and even a true freedom from the fear of death.

Come prepared for an exciting adventure into the deepest regions of the unconscious, where the hidden fears at the source of our difficulties live, to bring them out into consciousness, available for rapid and permanent transformation. 


Note: This is an intensive training in the principles and practice of “Deconstructing Anxiety”.  Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of the techniques by applying them to one’s own core fear and chief defense, working individually and in small groups as well.  Homework will be given and participants will be expected to practice the homework at least a few times each week (the first three sessions require between 15-30 minutes of practice, two to three times a week.  The homework for later sessions is integrated throughout the day and can be practiced in the middle of one’s regular activities).  Sessions will be recorded and participants will be given links to the recordings to review in between sessions.  (Therefore, if not able to attend one or two of the sessions live, you can make up the session on your own).  Workbooks will also be given to practice in between sessions as well.



Dr. Pressman is a clinical psychologist and international seminar leader. He is widely known for his work with Transpersonal Breathwork and A Course in Miracles. He graduated with degrees in psychology from the University

of Pennsylvania and Saybrook Institute. His books Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential For True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story Of Recovery From Multiple Personality Disorder have received high acclaim. In 1982, he traveled the world to study the great wisdom and healing traditions, including with a Zen master, a Jain family, a Zoroastrian high priest and a Sri Lankan firewalker. His education also includes an internship under Stanislav Grof, M.D. at the Esalen Institute.


With a background deeply rooted in tradition (he was groomed by a father whose teachers were taught by Sigmund Freud), he has integrated this wide-ranging experience into a new program of psychological development. His working model is based on Michelangelo’s ideal: to release the statue from the stone, the authentic Self from the overlays of imposed identity, into the discovery of freedom, joy, and fulfillment.




Offices of Pamela Pressman Counseling

349 Lancaster Avenue, Suite # 103

Haverford, PA 19041



$1399 (Partial scholarships available for those with demonstrated need.  Call 856-857-5040 to inquire).


Gives 30 CE credits.  Cost of CE credits is $40, payable to R Cassidy (please do not include payment for the CE credits with your registration for the seminar)


(Sorry, not able to give CE credit for New Jersey Social Workers)


Week One:      7:30-7:45 p.m.--Introduction

                        7:45-8:15 p.m.--Theoretical foundations of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” model

                        8:15-8:45 p.m.--Exercise--“Digging for Gold”: Finding Your Core Fear

                        8:45-9:15 p.m.--Exercise--“Who are you Really?”: Finding Your Chief Defense

                        9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and homework

Week Two:      7:30-7:45 p.m.--Review of Principles

                        7:45-8:00 p.m.--Review of Core Fear and Chief Defense

                        8:00-8:30 p.m.--How to Heal Anxiety: “Doing the opposite” of the Chief Defense

                        8:30-9:15 p.m.--Exercise--“The Alchemist”: Asking “What Happens Next?”

                        9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework


Week Three:   7:30-8:00 p.m.--Review of Homework

                        8:00-8:45 p.m.--Exercise—“The Witness”: Enhanced Mindfulness Practice

                        8:45-9:15 p.m.--Building a new association to one’s core fear                      

                        9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework.


Week Four:     7:30-8:00 p.m.--Review of Homework

                        8:00-9:00 p.m.--In-class practice of “The Alchemist” and “The Witness”

                        9:00-9:15 p.m.--Integrating the results into everyday life

                        9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework



Week Five:      7:30-7:45 p.m.--Review of Homework

                        7:45-8:45 p.m.--Exercise—“The Warrior’s Stance”

                        8:45-9:15 p.m.--Integrating “The Warriors’ Stance” into everyday life

                        9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework


Week Six:        7:30-7:45 p.m.--Review of Homework

                         7:45-8:45 p.m.--Exercise—“Releasing the Resistance to Resistance”

                         8:45-9:15 p.m.--Integrating all of the exercises

                         9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework



Week Seven:   7:30-7:45 p.m.--Review of Homework

                         7:45-9:15 p.m.--Exercise—“Vision Questing”: Finding one’s “Mighty Purpose”

                         9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework



Week Eight:     7:30-9:00 p.m.--Review of Homework

                         9:00-9:15 p.m.--Keeping the practice fresh

                         9:15-9:30 pm.--Suggestions for continuing the practice and Q and A


Learning objectives


  • Anxiety is the source of all suffering

  • There is a core fear that defines each of our sufferings at the root

  • The core fear is maintained and aggravated by the chief defense

  • Healing anxiety is a matter of “doing the opposite” of the chief defense

  • There is a core defense underneath all chief defenses—the strategy of control

  • The final defense to work through is the “resistance to resistance”

  • When all five core fears are resolved, the “Vision Quest” opens a path to fulfillment


At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:


  • Describe the core fear/chief defense model of how we build our personalities

  • Explain why anxiety is at the source of all suffering

  • Understand the principle of “Doing the opposite” of the chief defense

  • Master and effectively use the techniques of “The Alchemist”, “The Witness” and “The Warrior’s Stance”

  • Uncover and resolve the “resistance to resistance” at the root of all defenses

  • Undergo a “Vision Quest” for moving through anxiety with a “mighty purpose”




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