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Description: According to Dr. Wilson, anxiety disorders manipulate people by injecting rules into consciousness, then using that set of laws to take over mental territory. While anxiety disorders—phobias, panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and OCD—are no fun, Dr. Wilson helps us understand the way they operate through the use of a game metaphor. In this workshop, Dr. Wilson exposes the common denominators of the “anxiety disorder game,” and isolates the manifestations of each disorder. He then explores with us how therapists can teach clients to gain ground by engineering their own tactics and strategies, including the second-order change of switching game boards altogether!

Reid Wilson_photoTrainer: R. Reid Wilson, Ph.D. is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Wilson is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into seven languages, including Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety, Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks, and Achieving Comfortable Flight. Much of his work focuses directly on helping individuals overcome their fears. His free self-help website – – serves approximately 500,000 visitors per year.


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