The Deconstructing Anxiety Certification program

stay tuned for the next certification program

dates coming spring of 2021! 

(Also includes 8 private sessions with Dr. Pressman in between the group meetings, scheduled at a mutually convenient time)

Live webinar  

(Up to two live sessions may be missed but must be watched before

the following week on recordings which will be sent)

gives 30 CE credits for qualified mental health professionals*

The Journey from fear to Fulfillment


“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



In this certification program, we take the practices of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” method to a highly advanced level.  We will work intensively on mastering each of the techniques, both in applying them for ourselves and our clients.  Participants will practice with each other and with the facilitator, who will provide close supervision each step of the way.  Participants can expect to become truly skillful with the exercises and the potential resistances that can arise, and will master the continuity of the program as a whole.  Unlike the Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive (which is a pre-requisite for this program), we will not spend much time on theory but will focus almost exclusively on rigorous practice, working the exercises over and over until a high level of proficiency, fluency and technical precision is achieved.  Participants will become trained to hone in on the exact moment where defensiveness is applied and help their clients “do the opposite”, including when a defense would interfere with the exercise itself.

The program includes private phone or video sessions with the facilitator for each person once a week in between the weekly meetings, as well as a private pre-workshop session for setting intentions for the program, working through any defenses that might limit one’s own “Vision” for what they wish to get out of the program.  The in-between-sessions private meetings will provide more individual  attention to technique and skill, rooting out any hidden defenses that might interfere with full mastery.  

Participants will become skillful enough with the exercises to perform them very quickly with a high degree of success, and have them become second nature.  More importantly, you can expect to integrate them into daily life so well that the doubts about our ability to transform any anxiety or upset that springs from the core fear can be transformed…regardless of circumstance!  As this confidence grows, we live more and more continuously in that space of infinite release found in the exercises, and become increasingly adept in our ability to transform our perception (of life and of ourselves) into one that promotes peace, fulfilment and the freedom to choose our path. 


Other highlights include:

1) Discovering the extraordinary sense of Flow that occurs when we let go the defense of trying to “fix what’s wrong”, allowing our higher sense of Self to move through us fluidly and effortlessly.  Synchronous events can occur to open up opportunities to express our purpose and fulfillment, according to this new strategy for how to make a difference in the world.

2) Becoming highly sensitive to the subtlest movements of the Nexus point—"the seat of emotions and the seat of the soul"—where we can watch the first moments of resistance arising and generating our perception of the world “out there”…and then choosing a different experience.

3) Appreciating what it really means that ONLY resistance creates suffering and, in fact, that  resistance IS suffering.

4) Becoming skillful at using the all-important principle that fear, by definition, distorts awareness of higher truth, to discover that a transcendent truth is not only possible but inevitable.  

PLEASE NOTE: After the completion of the 8 week program, you will be finished with the formal program and can receive the CE credits if interested (see below).  IF INTERESTED IN EARNING THE CERTIFICATION, further individual supervision sessions with Dr. Pressman will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time, so he can assess your skill level.  These supervision sessions are $100/half hour.  Certification is given once Dr. Pressman can determine from these follow-up sessions that you are fully proficient and qualified to add to your resume that you are now a certified Deconstructing Anxiety practitioner! 




Dr. Todd Evan Pressman is a clinical psychologist and international seminar leader. He is widely known for his work with Deconstructing Anxiety, Transpersonal Breathwork and A Course in Miracles. He graduated with degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and Saybrook Institute. His books Deconstructing Anxiety: The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential For True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story Of Recovery From Multiple Personality Disorder have all 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 called "Deconstructing Anxiety". 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.




$1400.00 (This is a special introductory offer; the cost for future certification programs will go up).  For those interested in earning the certification (beyond taking the program and/or earning CE credits), further individual sessions with Dr. Pressman will be scheduled after the conclusion of the 8 week program at a mutually convenient time.  The rate for these sessions is $100 for up to one-half hour.  Certification is earned when Dr. Pressman has determined that you have fully mastered the practices of Deconstructing Anxiety.  These sessions are NOT required to take the 8 week program and earn CE credits).


Payment plans welcome.  Partial scholarships available for those with demonstrated need.  Call 856-857-5040 to inquire.

*Gives 30 CE credits for qualified mental health professionals.  Cost of CE credits is $40, payable to R Cassidy at  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)


IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to register for this program, you must have completed the Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive (or something comparable that you and Dr. Pressman agree upon as a satisfactory substitute for learning about the Deconstructing Anxiety method, such as reading the book "Deconstructing Anxiety" and receiving the CE credits for that).  The next Intensive is going to be held August 27-30, 2020.  See for information and to register.

Agenda for the Certification Program:


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)


Week One:     
6:30-7:00 p.m.--Introduction
7:00-8:00 p.m.--Overview of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” model

8:00-8:15 p.m.--Break
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

​Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)


Week Two:     
6:30-6:45 p.m.--Review of homework
6:45-8:00 p.m.--Practice of Core Fear and Chief Defense exercises

8:00-8:15 p.m.--Break
8:15-8:30 p.m.—Three ways of “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


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)

Week Three:  
​6:30-6:45 p.m.--Review of Homework
6:45-8:30 p.m.--Exercise—“The Witness”: Enhanced Mindfulness Practice
8:30-8:45 p.m.—Break

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.


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)
Week Four:     
6:30-6:45 p.m.--Review of Homework
6:45-8:00 p.m.--In-class practice of “The Alchemist” and “The Witness”

8:00-8:15 p.m.—Break
8:15-9:15 p.m.--Integrating the results into everyday life
9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)
Week Five:     
6:30-6:45 p.m.--Review of Homework
6:45-8:00 p.m.--Exercise—“The Warrior’s Stance”

8:00-8:15 p.m.--Break
8:15-9:15 p.m.--Integrating “The Warriors’ Stance” into everyday life
9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)

Week Six:       
6:30-6:45 p.m.--Review of Homework
6:45-8:00 p.m.--Exercise—“Releasing the Resistance to Resistance”

8:00-8:15 p.m.--Break
8:15-9:15 p.m.--Integrating all of the exercises
9:15-9:30 p.m.--Q and A and Homework


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)
Week Seven:  
6:30--6:45 p.m.--Review of Homework
6:45-8:15 p.m.--Exercise—“Vision Questing”: Finding one’s “Mighty Purpose”

8:15-8:30 pm..--Break
8:30-9:15 p.m.—Further practice with “Vision Questing”

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


Private half hour interview with the facilitator (individually scheduled)
Week Eight:   
6:30-8:00 p.m.--Review of Homework and all practices

8:00-8:15 p.m.--Break
8:15-9:15 p.m.--Keeping the practices fresh
9:15-9:30 pm.--Suggestions for continuing the practice and Q and A



Learning objectives:

1)     Our greatest drive is for fulfillment but fear requires we make sure we are safe first

2)     To find fulfillment, we must deconstruct our fear (anxiety) to the core fear

3)     The chief defense is meant to protect us from our core fear but actually maintains and exacerbates it

4)     To resolve anxiety, one must “do the opposite” of the chief defense, thereby exposing oneself to the correct (core)               fear

5)     There are three ways to “do the opposite” of the chief defense

6)     The exercises of Deconstructing Anxiety are comprised of highly effective tools for “doing the opposite” to resolve             the core fear


As a result of this program, participants will be able to:


1)     Describe the coherent structure of the Deconstructing Anxiety Model

2)     Explain the principle that “only resistance creates suffering”

3)     Explain the principle that fear necessarily distorts objective truth

4)     Use the three postulates of the Deconstructing Anxiety model effectively with clients

5)     Describe the core fear/chief defense theory of Deconstructing Anxiety

6)     Explain how the core fear and chief defense dynamic create a personality

7)     Delineate the three stages of personality development according to the Deconstructing Anxiety model

8)     Outline the three ways of “doing the opposite” of the chief defense

9)     Master the practice of “Digging for Gold: Finding the Core Fear”

10)   Master the practice of “Who are You Really?: Finding the Chief Defense”

11)   Master the practice of “The Alchemist”, 

12)   Master the practice of “The Witness”

13)   Master the practice of “The Warrior’s Stance”

14)   Master the practice of the “resisting resistance” exercises

15)   Master the practice of “Vision Questing”

16)   Resolve the origins of anxiety in the Nexus Point

17)   Build networks of support and instruct clients on how to do so

18)   Create the “field of enlightenment”





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IMPORTANT NOTE: CE credits for this seminar are paid for and processed separately from registration for the seminar itself.  The fee for the seminar is $1400 and must be paid separately from the fee for CE credits ($40) if you are applying for them. Also, be sure to click on the correct links for each. Everything related to the seminar should be sent to and everything related to CE credits should be sent to 

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