118 – Befriending Stress

Who Says It’s Always Toxic?
George Faller

As a society, we often appear to be waging a war on stress, but it’s time to reconsider our one-sided view. We have a choice about whether to view stressful situations as being invariably toxic or as opportunities to face a healthy challenge. This experiential workshop will present a therapeutic model that assumes that all too often it’s our confused relationship with stress that’s the problem, not the stress itself. You’ll focus on how to:

  • Empathetically explore and reframe the stresses in clients’ lives to provide a pathway that allows important vulnerabilities to emerge
  • Turn post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth by learning how to use stress to increase energy, focus, performance, meaning, and resilience
  • Evoke the challenge response (instead of the fight or flight) to help clients discover that regular experiences of stress are ways to empower themselves
  • Integrate insights from cutting-edge science and spiritual traditions to transform clients’ responses to everyday stressors such as romantic relationships, parenting challenges, work problems, and financial difficulties


George Faller, LMFT, is the founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal.

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