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A Constant State of Heightened Anxiety: Trauma Therapy in a Perpetually Unsafe World: Video Course

A Constant State of Heightened Anxiety: Trauma Therapy in a Perpetually Unsafe World: Video Course

The reality is that tomorrow is most certainly uncertain, and no matter how many expectations we form, tomorrow will come, tomorrow will go, and it will all be what it will be. – Lori Deschene

As psychotherapists and psychologists, we have witnessed a growing sense of lack of safety among our clients as well as ourselves. With constant reminders in the news of political unrests, environmental degradation and economic hardship, we are all grappling with the realization that we cannot control every aspect of their lives, fostering anxiety and vulnerability as a constant at each step in our lives. This is a shared dilemma between therapist and client.

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Kathy Steele

Course length in hours

3 hrs of video content

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When we – client or therapist – experience a lack of safety, we may grapple with heightened levels of anxiety, hypervigilance, and even post-traumatic stress symptoms including:

  • Chronic worry: becoming preoccupied with potential threats, making it challenging to concentrate or experience a sense of calm
  • Impending sense of doom: resulting in a perpetual state of hypervigilance
  • Sleep disturbances: such as insomnia, are also common as the mind remains on high alert
  • Physical symptoms: including muscle tension, debilitating fatigue and panic attacks

Living in such a state of perpetual unsafety can lead to a pervasive sense of helplessness and powerlessness, eroding one’s self-esteem and self-worth. We may struggle with feelings of hopelessness and an inability to trust ourselves or others. How do we bring ourselves back to the present and then help our clients do so?

At this intellectually-stimulating and therapeutically-oriented webinar, globally acclaimed trauma specialist Kathy Steele will explore how we can manage our own distress and dysregulation and find moments of safety to ground us, as well as how to help our clients grapple with the existential issues that are heightened in the present. In addition, we will discuss how to help our already traumatized clients navigate more successfully in a world that can be unstable and frightening, particularly focusing on how the therapeutic relationship can bridge the gap between fear and safety.

In essence, as therapists, our task is daunting – to find ways to reasonably regulate ourselves when we feel uncertain or unsafe, and then to support our clients to find the same. We will explore the following:

  • The essential work of accepting vulnerability and fallibility in ourselves and our clients, and then sharing it as a way to connect and feel understood
  • Accepting the paradox of certainty and safety as illusion, and the need to be certain enough of to enjoy everyday life
  • Recognizing and transforming existential crisis
  • Meaning making from the perspective of focusing on how we live, rather than on what is happening externally
  • Restricting consumption of constant information as a way to regulating our nervous systems and separating the current moment of our lives from the turmoil elsewhere or to come
  • Increasing our internal sense of safety even when the outside world is uncertain by staying connected to others, examining our beliefs systems that might promote anxiety, and finding generative ways of living
  • Focusing on living from our core values and ethics when we feel uncertain or unsafe
  • Working with our inner critic that often intensifies in the face of uncertainty in order to give us more of a sense of control

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how to accept the paradox of certainty and safety as illusion, and the need to be certain enough of to enjoy everyday life
  • Explain how restricting consumption of constant information is a way to regulating our nervous systems and separating the current moment of our lives from the turmoil elsewhere or to come
  • Discuss how to work with our inner critic that often intensifies in the face of uncertainty in order to give us more of a sense of control

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What you’ll learn

At this intellectually-stimulating and therapeutically-oriented webinar, globally acclaimed trauma specialist Kathy Steele will explore how we can manage our own distress and dysregulation and find moments of safety to ground us, as well as how to help our clients grapple with the existential issues that are heightened in the present. In addition, we will discuss how to help our already traumatized clients navigate more successfully in a world that can be unstable and frightening, particularly focusing on how the therapeutic relationship can bridge the gap between fear and safety.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss how to accept the paradox of certainty and safety as illusion, and the need to be certain enough of to enjoy everyday life
  • Explain how restricting consumption of constant information is a way to regulating our nervous systems and separating the current moment of our lives from the turmoil elsewhere or to come
  • Discuss how to work with our inner critic that often intensifies in the face of uncertainty in order to give us more of a sense of control

About the speaker(s)

Kathy Steele, MN, CS has been treating complex trauma, dissociation, and attachment issues since 1985. She is in private practice with Metropolitan Psychotherapy Services and is Adjunct Faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, US.  Ms. Steele is a Past President and Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and has also previously served on the Board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has been involved with developing treatment guidelines for Dissociative Disorders and well as for Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Ms. Steele has received a number of awards for her work, including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from ISSTD, an Emory University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006, and the 2011 Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Outstanding Clinical Contributions.  She is known for her humour, compassion, respect, and depth of knowledge as a clinician and teacher, and for her capacity to present complex issues in easily understood and clear ways using an integrative psychotherapy model that draws from both traditional and somatic approaches. She is sought as a consultant and supervisor, and as an international lecturer.

She has co-authored three books as part of the acclaimed Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology: The Haunted Self: Structural dissociation of the personality and chronic traumatization (2006, Van der Hart, Nijenhuis, & Steele – W. W. Norton); Coping with trauma-related dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists (2011, Boon, Steele, & Van der Hart – W. W. Norton); and most recently, Treating trauma-related dissociation: A practical, integrative approach (2017, Steele, Boon, & Van der Hart – W. W. Norton). She has also (co)authored numerous book chapters and journal articles.

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