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Digital Seminar

Anxiety and Panic Disorder: Expressive and Mindfulness-Based Interventions

Dianne Taylor Dougherty, MS, CAGS, LPCS
6 Hours 07 Minutes
Audio and Video
Aug 19, 2019
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Are you looking for new ways to help your clients combat anxiety?

Do you have clients who are having difficulty identifying their triggers, or struggling to verbalize their feelings?

In this program recording, Dianne Taylor Dougherty, MS, CAGS, LPCS, will fill up your therapeutic toolbox with creative, evidence-based expressive therapy interventions that will help you disarm sceptical and resistant clients. You don’t have to be a skilled artist, writer or musician to incorporate these strategies. Dianne will provide you with tips and goals you can use the very next day!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to assess anxious habits, symptoms, and behaviours and stop the “anxiety spiral” in the first session!

Discover how combining new, Expressive Therapy Techniques with CBT and MBSR can help treat even the most resistant anxiety symptoms. Experience how these evidence-based treatment strategies can improve problem solving, reduce stress and increase awareness and energy.

You’ll see how the powerful interventions taught in this program will transform the lives of your clients and improve the care you provide!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Dianne Taylor Dougherty, MS, CAGS, LPCS, has over 20 years in private psychotherapy practice with a concentration in anxiety and depression. She is the author of two works on the subject: AT EASE: Treating Anxiety Disorders and Priming the Pump: Expressive Writing for Anxiety and Depression. Dianne embraces an asset-based philosophy to treatment which incorporates CBT, rational emotive, mindfulness, and expressive arts therapies to promote individual healing.  Dianne is also a certified practitioner of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, having received training from Duke Integrative Medicine in this modality.

In addition to her anxiety work, Dianne teaches nationally and internationally on the topics of Expressive Arts in Therapy, Clergy Sexual Abuse, Trauma Recovery, and more. She is the author of Treating Divorce as Trauma© (2001); Multidisciplinary Treatment for Clergy Sexual Abuse© (2005); The Creative Personal: A Guide for Mental Health Counselors to Incorporate the Expressive Arts in Therapy© (2009); Priming the Pump: Expressive Writing for Health and Well-being© (2013). 

Dianne is an advocate for the counseling profession both legislatively and publicly on the state and national level. She has served on the board of directors of Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina, serving as president 2010-2011. She is a published poet and enjoys gardening, playing the piano and watercolor painting. 


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dianne Taylor Dougherty is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dianne Dougherty has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dianne Taylor Dougherty is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and North Carolina Counseling Association.


  1. Explore the inverse relationship between anxiety and problem solving; utilize cognitive and expressive therapy tools to integrate problem solving skills into the client’s treatment plan.
  2. Implement treatment strategies to help clients self-intervene in fight, flight, or freeze states and dissociative symptoms.
  3. Utilize clinical strategies derived from expressive therapies to reduce anxious symptoms and increase energy and awareness in clients.
  4. Apply mindfulness skills, including mindful labeling and observation, to treat symptoms of anxiety and panic disorder.
  5. Evaluate the clinical presentation of anxiety and panic to improve client assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Develop clinical skills to address treatment-resistant issues, including perfectionism, subjugation and procrastination.


Anxiety and Panic: Assessment and Diagnostic Considerations
  • DSM-5® classification of anxiety disorders
  • Differential diagnosis and isomorphic conditions
  • Assessment tips for ambiguous presentations
  • Dangers of misdiagnosis
Neuroscience of Anxiety and Panic
  • Nexus between trauma and onset of anxiety disorders
  • Heritability and brain function
  • The role of neuroplasticity in treatment and healing
  • Pharmacological considerations
Clinical Tools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Calm the Anxious Mind
  • 7 first-session techniques for immediate symptom reduction
  • How to incorporate the expressive arts and MBSR interventions into your treatment plan
  • The 5 essential steps for healing
  • Neuroaesthetics: Look for objective facts in subjective places
  • How to utilize low skill/high sensitivity exercises to access information
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Improve client self-talk and problem solving, decrease rumination
  • Limitations of using CBT alone for anxiety disorders
  • How to incorporate expressive therapies along with CBT and other modalities
  • How to use “reading therapy” with anxious clients
  • What the research tells us about the benefits of bibliotherapy
  • Recommendations and guidance for getting started
Art, Writing, Drawing
  • Creative tools for helping clients move through emotions
  • How to “decode” symbols, stories and metaphor
  • Neuroaesthetics: Looking for objective facts in subjective places
Movement-Based Interventions
  • Activate clients’ inner healing processes
  • Neurophysiology of movement
  • Increase energy and awareness
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • 3 MBSR techniques to use right away
  • Mindful labeling and observation
  • Reduce tension, stress and acute reactive response to anxiety
Clinical Considerations
  • Who is a good candidate for expressive therapies?
  • Engaging the skeptical client
  • Tips for the clinician who “isn’t creative”
  • Multicultural factors
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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