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A Different Take on the Experience of Panic (Michelle Seely, LMFT)
27 January, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
We tend to lump panic and anxiety together and see them as fear-based experiences that can be treated similarly in psychotherapy. Likewise, all phobias are lumped together and treated as instances of fears that have been crystalized. But what if panic and in particular agoraphobia and claustrophobia don’t have fear as a foundation? How does it change treatment if we consider them to be experiences of loneliness and lack of protection/over exposure?
Using ideas from my recent studies with Gianni Francesetti (an Italian phenomenological psychiatrist, Gestalt trainer, and author), we will explore an alternative to fear as the root cause and message of panic, discuss how this shift in perspective might inform treatment, and take time to explore how these themes may also impact us.
Michelle Seely, M.F.T., has a private practice in Burbank where she works with teens, adults, and couples. Michelle is on the core faculty of the Pacific Gestalt Institute, she supervises interns at the Southern California Counseling Center, and she teaches classes on Mindful Self-Compassion and shame resilience. Michelle is a past-president of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA). Michelle’s professional interests include the overlaps between Buddhist Psychology and Relational Gestalt, shame resilience, and how the use of story and metaphor support therapeutic change.