322 – Treating Trauma Clients at the Edge

How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions
Frank Anderson

Therapists often get shaken and lose confidence in their approach when a client’s trauma response edges into seemingly uncontrollable extremes of rage, panic, or suicidal desperation. This workshop provides an essential road map for treating difficult trauma cases through a detailed exploration of the neurobiological processes of hyperarousal and parasympathetic withdrawal underlying extreme symptoms. You’ll discover:

  • How to stay clear and calm while working with clients in extreme states
  • When it’s necessary to be the “auxiliary brain” for your client
  • When to slow things down and hand over control vs. when you need to be bigger than the extreme symptom
  • When to work from the top-down and when to work from the bottom-up


Frank Anderson, MD, is a psychiatrist as well as a psychotherapist. He’s the executive director of the Foundation for Self Leadership and a supervisor at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

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