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Using Present Moment Interventions to Address Anxiety

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunrise at Chevy Chase | 2201 Colston Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910


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Category 1 | CEUs: 2

Presenter: Rachel Phillips-Anderson, LCSW-C (


Clients often enter therapy preoccupied with threats – real and perceived. Trying to control their anxiety can eat up much of their attention, with little left over for what is really important in their lives. Present-moment awareness techniques can help clients regain control over their attention so that anxiety doesn’t have to get in the way of valued activities.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand anxiety from a present-moment awareness perspective.
  2. Help clients recognize the negative impact of anxiety, learn control strategies and increase their acceptance of anxiety.
  3. Identify 5 psychological tasks involved in present-moment awareness.
  4. Describe how mindfulness can help clients regain focus on valued activity.


12:00 – Introductions and assessment of audience experience & objectives

12:15 – Theory of anxiety from a present-moment awareness perspective

12:30 – Presentation of a five-phase present-moment clinical approach:

            1) Notice, 2) Name, 3) Detach, 4) Practice self-compassion, and 5) expand

1:15 -- Experiential exercise

1:35 – Conclusion and summary of how clinicians could incorporate these ideas/skills in

their practices

1:50 – Q and A


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Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S.M. (2005). An acceptance-based behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. In S.M. Orsillo & L. Roemer (Eds.) Acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches to anxiety: Conceptualization and treatment (pp. 213-240). New York, NY: Springer.

Strosahl, K., Robinson, P. J., & Gustavsson, T. (2015). Inside this moment: A clinician's guide to promoting radical change using acceptance and commitment therapy. Oakland, CA: Context Press.
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