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Anxiety: Attachment, Neuroscience and The Body


Saturday 8th October
10:00 am BST to 4:30 pm BST
£85.00 – £109.00

Venue: ONLINE via Zoom, and CATCH-UP for 14 days.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Joining details will be sent to all delegates on Thursday 6th October after bookings close. Please note that by booking a ticket for this workshop, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for Zoom events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

Schedule: 10am to 4.30pm.

Catch-up: This workshop will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed out to all delegates on Thursday 13th October. This recording will then be available to view in your own time for 14 days from 9am Friday 14th October to 9am Friday 28th October. After this time the recording will no longer be available, so if you are planning to use the catch-up function, please ensure that you have adequate time to view the recording within this time frame.

Course Fee:

Standard Ticket Price – £109

Available until 11am on Thursday 6th October when bookings close. Pick this ticket if you can afford to pay this, or if all the discounted tickets have been sold.

Discounted Ticket Price – £99 

Available until Saturday 10th September, subject to limited availability. Pick this ticket if you are on a reduced income or a student counsellor/psychotherapist. Proof of student or recent graduate status required.

Ticket Payment: 

Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. All payments via bank transfer must be made by 11am on Thursday 6th October to secure your place! 

CPD Certificates: 

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates AFTER the workshop takes place.

Event Description:

In this one-day seminar our three speakers will explore the experience of anxiety, and how we can effectively work with clients experiencing these symptoms in therapy.

We will explore the neuroscience of anxiety, the function of anxiety in everyday life and the experience of collective anxiety experienced in response to world events.

The day will offer ideas about why some people become overwhelmed with anxiety and panic, including early causes around attachment rupture, and also offer some ways to work with anxiety and panic, including somatic/body-based approaches.

First Session

Victoria Settle: Care Giving or Scare Giving?

In this presentation Tori Settle will discuss the neuroscience of anxiety, and explore anxiety from an attachment perspective.

The impact of parental anxiety on sons and daughters can be profound, and adult children of these parents can often suffer from all sorts of seemingly irrational fears later on in life.

Our sense of safety in the world is a learnt security from our primary attachment figures and when those attachment figures fill us with insecurity, we equally learn that the world is a frightening place in which to live. With this fundamental underlying existential sense of insecurity, learnt from the adults around us, seemingly small events can induce a panic in some of us which can literally feel life threatening.

Attachment theory can offer fresh insights into the source of panic attacks in adults and can offer ways of working therapeutically to mitigate these fears.


Second Session

Smita Rajput Kamble: Case Studies in Anxiety

In this presentation Smita Rajput Kamble will share some of Freud’s original ideas on anxiety, and will discuss how we might define anxiety, how it manifests and how it functions.

She will explore a number of case studies that show how early traumatic experiences can lead to separation (attachment-related) and castration anxiety (body parts and its internalised components) and its role in human development.

Smita will also explore how psychotherapy can contribute to the ‘lessening/reduction’ of anxiety disorders.


Third Session

Suzanne Worrica: Anxiety as a Whole-Body Experience

Suzanne Worrica will examine the whole-body experience of anxiety drawing on contemporary research, clinical vignettes and inviting participants to reflect on their own embodied experiences of anxiety.

She will look at the function of anxiety as a way of informing us about how we are experiencing the world now. Through vignettes she will link chronic anxiety as a secondary symptom of childhood relational rupture and discuss the ways in which it can present in adults.

Suzanne will also consider collective anxieties of the CoVid pandemic and recent socio-cultural changes (e.g. BLM, war in Europe) considering the impact on our threat system and how we relate to others.

Finally, Suzanne will discuss ways in which to work experientially with clients who present with chronic anxiety.



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Anxiety Conference - Discounted
£ 99.00
Anxiety Conference - Standard
£ 109.00