Join Dr. David Burns, author of Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy, and Dr. Fabrice Nye each Monday when they release their weekly Feeling Good Podcast. The popular podcast is offered free on iTunes for therapists and the general public alike. https://feelinggood.com/category/podcast/
In conversation with Fabrice Nye, Ph.D., David describes powerful new techniques to overcome depression and anxiety, as well as develop greater joy and self-esteem. Says David, “You can change the way you feel!”
This week, David and Fabrice discuss how you can identify what terrifying fantasies fuel your fears. This is very helpful for overcoming anxiety of all sorts.
Uncovering (and Facing) Your Deepest Fears
In this podcast, David and Fabrice discuss the third uncovering technique called the “What-If” Technique, developed by the late Dr. Albert Ellis. The What-If Technique can will help you identify a terrifying fantasy under the surface that fuels your fears. David brings this technique to life with an inspiring story of a woman from San Francisco suffering from more than 10 years of mild depression and paralyzing Agoraphobia—the intense fear of leaving home alone. You may be surprised when you discover the Negative Thoughts that triggered her fear of leaving her apartment alone, as well as the core fantasy at the root of her Agoraphobia. David and Fabrice also discuss the dramatic techniques that helped her completely defeat her fears and overcome her depression.
On David’s Feeling Good webpage, http://www.feelinggood.com, we have included a PowerPoint presentation for you so that you can follow along when David and Fabrice do the What-If Technique together on the podcast.
In the next podcast, David and Fabrice will discuss Shame-Attacking Exercises. This is a powerful and bizarre exposure technique that can helpful in the treatment of shyness–but there’s a hook. Therapists must be willing to do Shame Attacking Exercises themselves before they can ask patients to do them! And that can be intimidating!