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Digital Seminar

Whole-Client Anxiety Treatment: Somatic and Mindfulness-Based Interventions to Defuse Anxiety, Deactivate Panic and Manage Bodily Sensations

Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD
6 Hours 28 Minutes
Jul 13, 2021
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Muscles tensing, stomachs dropping, and hearts pounding…many of your anxious clients are uncomfortable in their own skins.

And while cognitive approaches impact anxious thoughts and feelings, without tackling distressing bodily sensations that can lead to avoidance in clients your treatment could fail to
deliver long-lasting relief.

This one-day training will give you a whole-person anxiety treatment approach and show you how to integrate body-oriented strategies and contemplative practices with traditional psychotherapeutic methods to address anxious thoughts AND the physical symptoms that can lead to confused and frightened reactions in anxious clients.

Watch Dr. Debra Alvis, one of PESI’s most seasoned and accomplished trainers on somatic and contemplative practices, and discover the breath and movement strategies, visual meditations, mindfulness techniques and relaxation skills training you need to skillfully help clients:

  • Reduce anxiety symptomology
  • Interrupt the worry cycle
  • Deactivate panic
  • Overcome health anxieties surrounding illness and disease
  • Build resilience and self-efficacy through interoceptive awareness
  • Trigger the calming parasympathetic nervous system response, and much more!

Don’t miss this chance to get the clear guidance and detailed instruction on this real-life application you need to help your clients overcome anxiety and the overwhelming bodily sensations that accompany it.

Purchase today!


- 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 6.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Debra Premashakti Alvis, PhD, a licensed psychologist, developed the Mind/Body Program at the University of Georgia, providing clinician training on the integration of mindfulness and contemplative practices into psychotherapy. Her work as a professor at the University of Georgia included the supervision of doctoral students and co-leading a research team investigating mindfulness.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Alvis maintains a private practice and has more than 25 years of clinical experience in treating clients with a variety of conditions by mindfulness principles, body-oriented principles and traditional psychotherapeutic approaches. She also has an over 30-year personal contemplative practice.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Debra Alvis maintains a private practice and receives a speaking honorarium from Asadis Training, Essential Therapy Training, Georgia Museum of Art, Bascom Museum of Art, and Mountain Area Health Education Center. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Debra Alvis is a member of the American Association of College Student Personnel, the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, the Association of Specialists in Group Work, the Athens Area Psychological Association, and the Georgia Psychological Association.


  1. Utilize psychoeducation tools to explain the physiology of anxiety, and how contemplative and somatic approaches impact the body, to establish client expectations for treatment.
  2. Analyze the clinical implications of research indicating a positive correlation between meditative movement and a reduction in anxiety symptomology.
  3. Utilize breathing training with clients to teach them how to manage anxieties and more effectively cope with bodily sensations.
  4. Employ deep muscle relaxation exercises with clients to reduce the intensity of physical anxiety symptoms and improve sleep quality.
  5. Analyze the clinical implications of intolerance of bodily sensation on health related anxieties.
  6. Assess risks and contraindications to the use of mindfulness-based and somatic interventions.


The Neurophysiology of Anxiety and Panic
  • Autonomic nervous system responses and states
  • Cognitive & amygdala pathways to anxiety
  • Serotonin, dopamine and other transmitters
  • The role of brain derived neurotropic factors
  • The impacts of sleep and nutrition on the anxious brain
  • Psychoeducation strategies
Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
  • DSM-5™ Classification of Anxiety Disorder
  • Assessment from the whole person perspective
  • Clinical approaches for ambiguous anxiety presentations
  • How differentiating vagal states informs treatment
Relaxation Skills Training for Anxiety:
Interventions to Help Clients Develop Autonomic Nervous System Resilience
  • Deep relaxation techniques to wire in relaxed, alert mood
  • Moment to moment exercises for letting go
  • Breath and movement strategies to deactivate panic
Somatic Techniques and Visualizations for Anxiety Relief
  • Bodily sensations and health-related anxieties
  • Visual meditations for specific clinical concerns
  • Prepare with movement, imagery, and sound
  • Draw from inner resources
  • Instil a new perspective with movement and writing
GAD and Social Anxiety:
Mindful Recovery Tools to Move Clients from Reactivity to Responsiveness
  • Interrupt the worry cycle: from the meditation cushion to daily life
  • Mindful exploration – predictions vs. what happened
  • Bring curiosity to perceptions
  • Prime secure attachment for social anxiety
  • Engage and calm parts of the self
Research Limitations and Treatment Risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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