Therapy Technique for Anxiety, Phobias, & OCD
What you'll learn
- psychotherapy skills
- counselling skills
- dealing with anxiety and phobias
- Before participating in any of our recommendations we suggest that you consult with a physician or other medical health provider. Always seek the advice of your GP first before embarking on any treatment modality.
This comprehensive course containing almost 1.5 hours of carefully curated unique video content illustrates in depth a therapeutic technique called 'paradoxical intention' (PI), which was developed by Prof Viktor Frankl, MD, PhD, the world-renowned Austrian psychiatrist, philosopher, Holocaust survivor, author of the internationally acclaimed Man's Search for Meaning, and the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis, regarded as the third Viennese school of psychotherapy after Freud and Adler. It is an evidence-based, scientific technique specifically designed for fears, phobias, anxiety, sexual dysfunctions, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, with a clinical success rate of over 78%. The material presented here will be of interest to both mental health professionals, but even more so to sufferers themselves and their families, especially when taking into consideration the devastating impact which the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has had on everyone's mental wellbeing.
Imagine this scenario: someone is taking a photograph of the family at Christmas. He looks through the lens of his camera or I-phone and sees non-smiling faces. He decides to say the following: ‘Now whatever you do, don’t smile. No, no smiling. Did I see someone smiling?’ Immediately, everyone relaxes and begin to smile naturally. This is the heart of PI. Frankl asks his phobic patients (to take one example) to will to have happen the thing they fear most; it works through humour, hyperbole, and the ability we humans have to self-distance and self-detach from our symptoms.
Who this course is for:
- Mental health professionals
- People dealing with anxiety and phobias
- People suffering anxiety during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Stephen J. Costello, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland, about whom Dr. Viktor Frankl’s grandson said that he gives ‘the authentic interpretation of my grandfather’s thought’. He has been described by fellow philosopher Richard Kearney as ‘one of the most important philosophers working in Ireland today’. Dr. Costello is a philosopher, corporate consultant, logotherapist/ existential analyst, and a best-selling author.
Formerly a lecturer in philosophy and psychology, with over twenty-five years experience, in University College Dublin, Trinity College, and the Dublin Business School, Dr Costello was educated in St. Gerard’s School, Castleknock College, and University College Dublin, where he read Philosophy and Spanish Language and Literature, gaining BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Philosophy, before training as a psychoanalyst, graduating with a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (now an MSc in St. James’ Hospital), and later as a logotherapist/existential analyst. He also spent a short period of time at the Honourable Society of King’s Inns. He was a student counsellor and member of the sub-finance committee of the Association of College Societies while at university. Dr. Costello’s doctorate was on psychoanalysis and hermeneutics, in which he specialized in the thought of Paul Ricoeur, the famous French philosopher, whom he met on several occasions.