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

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!


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Debra Alvis, Ph.D.
6 Hours 28 Minutes
Jul 13, 2021
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This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Debra Alvis, Ph.D.'s Profile

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Debra Alvis, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and private practitioner with over twenty-five years of clinical experience. She specializes in an integrative approach bringing together polyvagal, neuroscientific, and somatic principles to treat trauma and co-morbid disorders.

Debra discovered that the polyvagal approach facilitates a mindful awareness of the biological reactions influencing the therapist/client relationship and the client's sense of safety in the world. Integrating physiological, brain-based, body-focused approaches with traditional psychotherapeutic orientations helped clients to recover more easefully and quickly from trauma. In addition, with an increased sense of safety and connectedness, clients more frequently practiced the strategies required through her work in private practice and as a clinical supervisor, educator, and consultant.

Dr. Alvis developed and led the Mind/Body Program at the University of Georgia where she now teaches health psychology graduate students to apply polyvagal, neuroscientific, and somatic approaches, serves as project director for federal grant focusing on integrative healthcare, and develops mindfulness-based research studies. A thirty-year personal contemplative practice and over a thousand hours training as a mindfulness and yoga teacher further enrich her presentations.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Debra Alvis is in private practice. Dr. Alvis receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Debra Alvis has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  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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