Deconstructing Anxiety Certification program - INR

Mastery Program

Taught By Dr. Todd Pressman

Worth 30 CE Credits

Opportunity for Follow-up Supervision

Live On Zoom

Duration: 39 Hours of Training

Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Friday, October 7, 2022  11:00am-6:30pm
Saturday, October 8, 2022  11:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday , October 13, 2022  6:30pm-9:30pm
Friday, October 14, 2022  11:00am-6:30pm
Saturday, October 15, 2022   11:00am-6:30pm
Thursday, October 20, 2022   6:30pm-9:30pm








Begins Thursday, October 6, 2022


  • 6 Months Plan
    Pay Deposit : $166.50

    Payment Date Amount
    July 24, 2024 $166.50
    August 24, 2024 $166.50
    September 24, 2024 $166.50
    October 24, 2024 $166.50
    November 24, 2024 $166.50
  • 4 Months Plan
    Pay Deposit : $249.75

    Payment Date Amount
    July 24, 2024 $249.75
    August 24, 2024 $249.75
    September 24, 2024 $249.75
  • 3 Months Plan
    Pay Deposit : $332.97

    Payment Date Amount
    July 24, 2024 $332.97
    August 24, 2024 $333.07

Optional payment plan: 3 monthly payments of $349 each
Partial scholarships are also available for those with demonstrated need.

Please email for more information


“Outstanding…ingenious! This is worth the world’s attention.”

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.

“One of the most exciting things I’ve come across in a long time.”

G.S., Program Director

“A revolutionary way of viewing and working with anxiety.”


The Deconstructing Anxiety Certification program

3 monthly payments of $349 or 1 payment of $999

The Deconstructing Anxiety Certification Program takes the practices of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” method to a highly advanced level. Participants practice with each other and with the facilitator, who will provide close supervision each step of the way.  Participants can expect to become truly skillful with the exercises and the potential resistances that can arise, and will master the continuity of the program as a whole.  Unlike the Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive (which is a pre-requisite for this program), we will not spend much time on theory but will focus almost exclusively on rigorous practice, working the exercises over and over until a high level of proficiency, fluency and technical precision is achieved. 

Participants will become trained to hone in on the exact moment where defensiveness is applied and help their clients “do the opposite”, including when a defense would interfere with the exercise itself.

Participants will become skillful enough with the exercises to perform them very quickly and with a high degree of success, so that they become second nature.   As confidence grows, you will become increasingly adept in your ability to help clients transform their perception of their circumstances into one that promotes peace, fulfillment and the freedom to choose their response. 

Other highlights include:

  • Discovering the extraordinary sense of Flow that occurs when we let go the defense of trying to “fix what’s wrong”, allowing our higher sense of Self to move through us fluidly and effortlessly.  Synchronous events can occur to open up opportunities to express our purpose and fulfillment, according to this new strategy for how to make a difference in the world.

  • Becoming highly sensitive to the subtlest movements of the Nexus point—”the seat of emotions and the seat of the soul”—where we can watch the first moments of resistance arising and generating our perception of the world “out there”…and then choosing a different experience.

  • Appreciating what it really means that ONLY resistance creates suffering and, in fact, that  resistance IS suffering.

  • Becoming skillful at using the all-important principle that fear, by definition, distorts awareness of higher truth, to discover that a transcendent truth is not only possible but inevitable.  

PLEASE NOTE: After the completion of the Deconstructing Anxiety Certification Program, you will be finished with the formal program and can receive the CE credits, if interested (see CE Credits section below).  

IF INTERESTED IN EARNING THE CERTIFICATION, participants must schedule (at a mutually convenient time) half-hour private sessions with Dr. Pressman, so he can assess your skill level.  The cost for these sessions is $90 per half hour.  Certification is given once Dr. Pressman can determine from these follow-up sessions that you are fully proficient and qualified to add to your resume that you are now a certified Deconstructing Anxiety practitioner! You can also be added to the Certified Practitioners page of this website!




Pre-Seminar Evening: Thursday
6:30-7:45 p.m.—Exercise for Setting Intentions

7:45-8:00 p.m.—Break

8:00-9:15 p.m.—Exercise for Setting Intentions (continued)

9:15-9:30 p.m.—Explanation of Homework Assignment

Day 1: Friday

11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.—Introduction

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.–Overview of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” Model

12:30-12:45 p.m.–Break

12:45-1:30 p.m.–Exercise–“Digging for Gold”: Finding Your Core Fear 

1:30-2:30 p.m.–Exercise–“Who Are you Really?”: Finding Your Chief Defense

2:30-3:15 p.m.–Q and A 

3:15-3:30 p.m.—Break

3:30-5:00 p.m.–Practice of Core Fear and Chief Defense exercises

5:00-6:15 p.m.—Q & A

6:16-6:30 p.m.—Explanation of Homework Assignments

Day 2: Saturday
11:00 a.m -12:30 p.m.—Review of Homework with Q & A

12:30-1:00 p.m.—Three Ways of “Doing the Opposite of the Chief Defense”

1:00-1:15 p.m.—Break

1:15-3:45 p.m.–Exercise–“The Alchemist”: Asking “What Happens Next?” 
3:45-4:00 p.m.–Break 4:00-4:15 p.m.–Q and A

4:15-5:15 p.m.–Exercise—“The Witness”: Enhanced Mindfulness Practice

5:15-5:30 p.m.–Building a New Association to One’s Core Fear                      

5:30-6:15 p.m.–Q and A

6:15-6:30 p.m.—Explanation of Homework Assignments

Mid-Workshop Session: Thursday
6:30-7:45 p.m.—Review of Homework and Q&A

7:45 – 8:00 p.m.—Break

8:00-9:30 p.m.—Review of Homework and Q&A (continued)

Day 3:  Friday 
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Review of Homework

12:15-1:30 p.m..–In-class practice of “The Alchemist” 

1:30-1:45 p.m.—Break

1:45-2:45 p.m.—In-class Practice of “The Witness”

2:45-3:15 p.m.–Integrating the results into Everyday Life; Building the Association

3:15-3:45 p.m.—Break

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.—Exercise—“The Warrior’s Stance”

5:00-5:45 p.m..—Integrating the Warrior’s Stance into Everyday Life; Building the Association

5:45-6:15 p.m.—Q&A

6:15-6:30 p.m.—Explanation of Homework Assignments

Day 4: Saturday
11:00-12:15 p.m.–Review of Homework

12:15-1:15 p.m.–Exercise—“Releasing the Resistance to Resistance—Part 1”

1:15-1:30 p.m.–Break

1:30-2:15 p.m.—“Releasing the Resistance to Resistance—Part 2″

2:15-3:00 p.m.–Integrating All of the Exercises; Building the Association

3:00-3:15 p.m.—Break

3:15-4:45 p.m.—Exercise—“Vision Questing: Finding One’s ‘Mighty Purpose’”

4:45-5:30 p.m.—Advanced Practice of the Vision Quest

5:30-6:15 p.m.—Q&A

6:15-6:30 p.m.—Explanation of Homework Assignments

Follow-up Session, Thursday
6:30-7:15 p.m.—New Developments in the Deconstructing Anxiety Model

7:15–8:00 p.m.—Sharing of Vision Quests (Review of Homework)

8:00-8:15 p.m.—Break

8:15-9:15 p.m.–Sharing of Vision Quests (Review of Homework)

9:15-9:30 p.m.—Keeping the Vision Quest Alive


The Deconstructing Anxiety Certification Program takes the practices of the “Deconstructing Anxiety” method to a highly advanced level.  We will work intensively on mastering each of the techniques, both in applying them for ourselves and our clients. 

Who this seminar is for:

Anyone interested in deep personal healing, growth and fulfillment

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Counselors

CE Credits Information


The processing fee for CE credits is $40. The CE Credits are only for those who apply for them. For information on CE credits, click HERE.

IMPORTANT NOTE: CE credits for this seminar are paid for and processed separately from registration for the seminar itself.  The fee for the seminar is $999 and must be paid separately from the fee for CE credits ($40) if you are applying for them. 

Click Here to register for CE credits for this seminar and please be sure to click on the correct dates. COMING SOON

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1) Our greatest drive is for fulfillment but fear requires we make sure we are safe first
2) To find fulfillment, we must deconstruct our fear (anxiety) to the core fear
3) The chief defense is meant to protect us from our core fear but actually maintains and exacerbates it
4) To resolve anxiety, one must “do the opposite” of the chief defense, thereby exposing oneself to the correct (core) fear
5) There are three ways to “do the opposite” of the chief defense
6) The exercises of Deconstructing Anxiety are comprised of highly effective tools for “doing the opposite” to resolve the core fear

As a result of this program, participants will be able to:

1) Describe the coherent structure of the Deconstructing Anxiety Model
2) Interpret the principle that “only resistance creates suffering”
3) Explain why fear necessarily distorts objective truth
4) Describe the three postulates of the Deconstructing Anxiety model effectively with clients
5) Summarize the core fear/chief defense theory of Deconstructing Anxiety
6) Specify how the core fear and chief defense dynamic create a personality
7) Trace the three stages of personality development according to the Deconstructing Anxiety model
8) Distinguish the three ways of “doing the opposite” of the chief defense
9) Utilize the exercise for “Finding the Core Fear”
10)  Apply the exercise for “Finding the Chief Defense”
11) Practice the Deconstructing Anxiety exercises for resolving the core fear.
12) Interpret why the “resisting resistance” exercises are called “the final defense”
13) Organize the process of “Vision Questing” for clients
14) Trace the origins of anxiety to the Nexus Point
15) Identify networks of support for clients to aid in the Vision Questing process
16) Integrate the “field of enlightenment” into the Vision Questing process

Investment: 3 monthly payments of $349 or 1 payment of $999

​Partial scholarships are available for those with demonstrated need. Please use the Contact Us link to inquire.


The Certification Program gives 30 CE credits for qualified mental health professionals. Please see the CE Credits section above.

The Deconstructing Anxiety Certification Program is appropriate for social workers, MFT’s, counselors, mental health professionals, psychologists, and more. The Certification Program is appropriate for Intermediate to Advanced levels.

The Deconstructing Anxiety Certification Program is also appropriate for anyone interested in resolving anxiety, depression, and/or stress and seeking greater fulfillment in life.

NOTE: Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive is a prerequisite for the Certification Program. You must take the Deconstructing Anxiety Intensive prior to attending the Certification Program.

dr todd pressman



Dr. Pressman is a clinical psychologist and international seminar leader. He is widely known for his work with Deconstructing Anxiety, Transpersonal Breathwork and A Course in Miracles.

He graduated with degrees in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and Saybrook Institute. His books Deconstructing Anxiety: The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential For True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story Of Recovery From Multiple Personality Disorder have all received high acclaim. In 1982, he traveled the world to study the great wisdom and healing traditions, including with a Zen master, a Jain family, a Zoroastrian high priest and a Sri Lankan firewalker. His education also includes an internship under Stanislav Grof, M.D. at the Esalen Institute.

With a background deeply rooted in tradition (he was groomed by a father whose teachers were taught by Sigmund Freud), he has integrated this wide-ranging experience into a new program of psychological development called “Deconstructing Anxiety”. His working model is based on Michelangelo’s ideal: to release the statue from the stone, the authentic Self from the overlays of imposed identity, into the discovery of freedom, joy, and fulfillment.


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