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Unmasking Anxiety’s Everyday Patterns: How to Interrupt an Epidemic of Avoidance and Worry

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Lynn Lyons, LICSW
2 Hours 02 Minutes
Mar 17, 2023
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Anxiety may be everywhere, but even within our field, we seem to know little about how it operates and is maintained. Without information and interventions that target the underlying patterns that fuel it, anxiety spirals, and the cycle not only continues within, but between people. This session offers concrete strategies to help clients recognize, interrupt, and prevent the cognitive, generational, and social habits of our everyday lives that create anxiety, keep it going, and often lead to depression. You’ll discover how to:

  • The most common—and often missed—patterns of anxiety in clients of all ages
  • Active interventions with clients that build skills to interrupt anxiety’s patterns
  • Normalize worry and anxiety and remove families from a crisis-based and pathologized approaches to uncertainty
  • Use a family/social support frame that defuses anxiety and depression’s demand for avoidance and disconnection


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.25 hours CPD.



Lynn Lyons, LICSW's Profile

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Lynn Lyons, LICSW, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Her skill-based approach to anxiety focuses on the need to teach families about HOW anxiety works and what families can do to pull members out of the powerful “anxiety cult” that demands obedience to its need for certainty and comfort. Lynn’s approach uses humor, playful connection, and a constant focus on DOING, an umbrella strategy she has taught to thousands of professionals and families.

Lynn is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and has two DVD programs for parents and children.

She maintains a private practice in Concord, New Hampshire where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lynn Lyons maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives compensation as an international presenter. Lynn Lyons receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lynn Lyons is a contributing author for Psychotherapy Networker.


  1. Catalogue common but often misunderstood patterns of anxiety that impact client’s daily functioning.
  2. Inspect the role of rumination, worry, global and catastrophic thinking in anxiety.
  3. Develop treatment plans that bolster familial and social support.
  4. Discriminate between self-care and self-medication.
  5. Design experiential homework assignments that help clients move out of the anxious patterns that often lead to co-morbid depression.


  • Common but often misunderstood patterns of anxiety that impact client’s daily functioning
  • Anxiety as a generational phenomenon
  • Self-care vs self-medication
  • Developing treatment plans that bolster familial and social support
  • Experiential homework assignments that help clients move out of the anxious patterns that often lead to co-morbid depression
  • Common clinical mistakes that make anxiety worse
  • Active and immediate interventions from the first session
  • Current new research findings on anxiety

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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