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Seminars, conferences and online resources on psychotherapy and human relationships
Treating anxiety from neuropsychoanalysis to CBT: distinct perspectives and treatment approaches

Monday 12, 19 May and 2 June 2014

Monday 12 May 2014
Lucy Biven

Treating Anxiety: a neuroscientific perspective
This seminar will offer an understanding of anxiety disorders that rests on research into the emotional systems that we share with all other mammals. Beginning with a brief discussion of Panksepp's emotional taxonomy with special emphasis on the GRIEF, FEAR & SEEKING SYSTEMS, Lucy Biven will explain how one type of anxiety is generated by issues in the FEAR system, while another separate pattern of anxiety is generated by GRIEF. The emotional, behavioural and biochemical aspects of each will be explained. The merits of both psychotherapeutic and psychotropic interventions will be discussed, including the interesting evidence that anxiety rooted in the FEAR system responds to tricyclite antidepressants, while GRIEF-based anxiety is addressed by benzodiazepines.

Monday 19 May 2014
Dr Victoria Bream Oldfield

It's just a thought - CBT for OCD
The success of cognitive behavioural therapy for OCD is based on understanding the threatening appraisal of intrusive thoughts, images and urges. People with OCD tend to have an inflated sense of responsibility for preventing harm. Another common feature is a sense of things needing to be 'just so'. OCD presents in myriad forms; CBT is endlessly adaptable. Key skills in CBT are 'normalising', idiosyncratic formulation and behavioural experiments to find out how the world really works.

Monday 2 June 2014
Dr David Beales

A psychophysiological approach to managing anxiety and panic disorders
Breath is exquisitely sensitive to stress, and respiratory dysregulation is a common aspect of anxiety, as well as functional cardiac disorders and chronic pain. In the hour before a panic attack, patients show a measureable decrease in carbon dioxide levels. This occurs out of awareness before typical anxiety symptoms are noticed. (We respond to threat by diverting blood from small blood vessels, with contractile smooth muscle in their walls, to blood vessels in large muscle groups in order to fight or flee. This physiological response occurs as carbon dioxide reduces in the out breath.) This presentation will explain the psychophysiology of anxiety, and how it can be managed by a breath-aware response.


  • Whole series: £95
  • Individual seminars: £40
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 2 hours will be provided at each seminar

Seminar Suite
Grange Fitzrovia Hotel
Bolsover Street

Registration 19.00
Start 19.30
End 21.15

Monday 12 May 2014
Monday 19 May 2014
Monday 2 June 2014