207, 307 – Disrupting Rumination

Changing the Cognitions that Underlie Anxiety and Depression                             
Margaret Wehrenberg

Parts 1 & 2

Overactive brain circuitry can trap clients in cycles of rumination that keep them anxious and depressed. Letting go of ruminating worries, or banishing persistent thoughts, like I’m not good enough or I’m worthless, isn’t easy for clients. And when ruminations don’t shift, therapists can begin to feel stuck themselves. In this workshop, we’ll examine why clients lock into depressive thought patterns and why they feel they need to hold on to worry. We’ll explore pragmatic, achievable solutions for eliminating these patterns and replacing them with attitudes of calm and competency. You’ll discover how to:

  • Frame the four purposes of worry, including when a cause of worry is legitimately important
  • Provide clients with methods that “erase the trace” of worry, including transferring worry to another person, using ritual to contain worry, and putting off health anxiety
  • Identify specific cognitions that decrease energy and apply self-reinforcing techniques that can energize clients, such as three ways to Get the Train Rolling
  • Equip clients with tools for accurate observation and that bring about motivated action

Continued with workshop 307


Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, is a practicing clinical psychologist, international speaker, and author of The 10 Best Anxiety Busters and The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Margaret Wehrenberg maintains a private practice.  She is an author with W.W. Norton publishing and receives royalties.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Margaret Wehrenberg is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.

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