111 – Befriending Stress
Who Says It’s Always Toxic?
As a society, we often appear to be waging a war on stress, but 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 fight or flight) to help clients discover that regular experiences of stress can empower them
- Integrate insights from cutting-edge science and spiritual traditions to transform clients’ responses to everyday stressors
- Reframe society’s one-sided view of stress as negative in a way that inspires client resiliency
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. He’s the author of Sacred Stress: A Radically Different Approach to Using Life’s Challenges for Positive Change.