The Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive
(Our 8 Week intensive in an exciting new concentrated format!)
all times listed are est
Thursday, september 16 - 7:30-9:30pm
Friday, September 17 - 11:00am-6:30pm
Saturday, September 18 - 11:00am-6:30pm
Sunday, september 19 - 11:00am-6:30pm
full detailed schedule is below
Can't make this round? email to be added to the wait list for the next intensive in late 2021. those on the wait list get early access to registration!
Live Classes Taught on Zoom
Gives 30 CE credits for qualifying mental health professionals
Payment plans are welcome. Partial scholarships (for those with demonstrated need) are available, as well. Please email for more information.
The Journey from fear to Fulfillment
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY INTENSIVE:
"Your webinar was one of the best decisions I've made for expanding my skills as a clinician”—A.E., LCSW
“The intensive really changed me significantly!”—P.A., Psychologist
"Discovering my core fear allows me to go straight to the root of a myriad of issues."--J.S., Lab technician
"I have not come across a more effective way to deal with fears!”—I.L., Psychologist
“A revolutionary way of viewing and working with anxiety”—F.H., LCSW
“I’ve found my path”—K.H., Seeker
FURTHER TESTIMONIALS ABOUT DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY:
"Truly profound!"--Ken Wilber
“Outstanding…ingenious….This is worth the world’s attention”—Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
“Phenomenal…by far the best seminar I have ever attended”--L.P, 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
DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY INTENSIVE - $699
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 lasting transformation.
PRESENTER: TODD E. PRESSMAN, PH.D.
Dr. 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.
Payment plans welcome. Partial scholarships available for those with demonstrated need. Email 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.
APPROPRIATE FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, MFTs, & COUNSELORS. APPROPRIATE FOR ALL LEVELS
Sorry, not able to give CE credit for New Jersey Social Workers)
ALSO APPROPRIATE FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN RESOLVING ANXIETY, DEPRESSION OR STRESS,
OR SIMPLY SEEKING GREATER FULFILLMENT IN LIFE!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The second Certification training for Deconstructing Anxiety will be held in June. Those interested in the certification program must take the Intensive as a pre-requisite.
AGENDA FOR THE DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY INTENSIVE (all times given are for Eastern Standard Time)
7:30-9:30 p.m.--Introductions and Setting Intentions
11:00-11:45 a.m.--Theoretical foundations of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” model
11:45-12:15 a.m.--Exercise--“Digging for Gold”: Finding Your Core Fear
12:25-12:45 a.m.--Exercise--“Who are you Really?”: Finding Your Chief Defense
12:45-1:45 p.m.--Q and A and practice of exercises
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m..--Review of Core Fear and Chief Defense
3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.--How to Heal Anxiety: “Doing the opposite” of the Chief Defense
3:45 pm.-4:45 p.m.--Exercise--“The Alchemist”: Asking “What Happens Next?”
4:45 p.m.-4:55 p.m.--Break
4:55 p.m.-6:20 p.m.--Q and A and Further Practice of All Exercises
6:20 p.m.-6:30 p.m.--Homework
Saturday: 11:00-11:15 am.--Review of Homework
11:15-12:15 a.m.--Exercise—“The Witness”: Enhanced Mindfulness Practice
12:15-12:30 a.m.--Building a new association to one’s core fear
12:40 p.m.--1:30 p.m.--Q and A and Further Practice of "The Witness"
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.--Lunch
2:00-2:30 p.m.--Integrating the results into everyday life
2:30-3:30 p.m.--Exercise—“The Warrior’s Stance”
3:45-4:45 p.m.--Integrating “The Alchemist", "The Witness" and "The Warrior's Stance"
4:45-6:155 p.m.--Q and A and Further Practice of All Exercises
6:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.--Homework
Sunday: 11:00-11:30 a.m.--Review of Homework
11:30-12:30 p.m.--Exercise—“Resolving the Resistance to Resistance”
12:30 p.m.-12:40 p.m..--Break
12:40 p.m.-1:30 p.m--Integrating all of the exercises
1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.--Lunch
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.--Integrating the results into everyday life
2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.--Exercise—“Vision Questing”: Finding one’s “Mighty Purpose”
3:45 p.m.-3:55 p.m.--Break
3:55 p.m.-4:45 p.m.--Integrating all of the exercises with the Vision Quest
4:45-5:30 p.m.--Q and A
5:30-6:15 p.m.--Keeping the practice fresh
6:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.--Suggestions for continuing the practice after the seminar
Anxiety is the source of all suffering
There is a core fear that defines each of our suffering 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”
THIS SEMINAR GIVES 30 CE CREDITS FOR QUALIFIED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. FOR DETAILS ON OBTAINING CREDITS, VISIT https://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=2628
For questions or concerns, contact Pressmanseminars@gmail.com
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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 $699 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
R Cassidy at https://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=2628. Thank you!
TO REGISTER FOR THE “DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY EIGHT WEEK INTENSIVE:
Complete the form and proceed to payment. The fee is $699 - partial scholarships available for those with demonstrated need. (Processing fee for CE credits is $40 for those who apply for them). For all the information on CE credits, please click HERE!
Payment plans are welcome. Please email