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Brock Hansen, YourTango Expert Partner
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3801 Connecticut Ave, NW Ste 100 D
Washington DC 20008
United States
Phone: 202-656-3801
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3801 Connecticut Ave, NW Ste 100 D
Washington DC 20008
United States
Phone: 202-656-3801

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About Brock Hansen

The Reason Brock Hansen Became A Helping Professional

Brock Hansen Success Stories

Power Poses to push back against a lifetime of anxiety

Women dealing with stress

Isabel is a woman in her early 60's who came to see me after attending a class I taught on Emotional Fitness.  She said that she had always been anxious, but that her anxiety had been building over the last few years since the deaths of some close family members.  Her anxiety focused on her own death, but inhibited her from going to the doctor or dentist for routine care or from going out in

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Isabel is a woman in her early 60's who came to see me after attending a class I taught on Emotional Fitness.  She said that she had always been anxious, but that her anxiety had been building over the last few years since the deaths of some close family members.  Her anxiety focused on her own death, but inhibited her from going to the doctor or dentist for routine care or from going out in public. 

After getting to know her, I showed her a TED talk by Amy Cuddy about power poses, physical postures that actually change the level of stress hormones in your bloodstream.  These are physical poses associated with victory, rather than the defensive postures we often slip into which unconsciously reinforce shame and a sense of helplessness.

I coached her to prepare to go out, especially to a doctor's or dentist appointment, by assuming a power pose for two minutes.  As we experimented with this, she discovered that the confidence building effect could be increased by saying "Yes! I can do this!" repeatedly while staying in the power pose.  This was the opposite of her unconscious habit of asking herself, "What if I can't?"

This new habit has been so effective for her that she has been weaning herself off of the anti-anxiety medication that she has been taking and has been showing a dramatic increase in self confidence.

 

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Marching Your Way Out of a Panic Attack

Men dealing with stress

A competent physician and head of a busy department was overwhelmed by panic.  The stress of his job and his obsessive perfectionism had driven him to despair.  He sat in my office in tears uncertain if he could face his boss at the meeting scheduled later that day.  We tried a number of anxiety interrupters such as deep breathing, repeating affirmations based on his understanding of the

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A competent physician and head of a busy department was overwhelmed by panic.  The stress of his job and his obsessive perfectionism had driven him to despair.  He sat in my office in tears uncertain if he could face his boss at the meeting scheduled later that day.  We tried a number of anxiety interrupters such as deep breathing, repeating affirmations based on his understanding of the dynamics of anxiety and OCD, and even playing a musical instrument, which usually requires enough concentration to distract from an anxiety attack.  As a physician, he knew what was happening, but still could not shake off the panic.  Finally, I played a youtube video of a Souza march on my phone and demonstrated how to march like a drum major leading a marching band.  Together, we marched around my small office for about two minutes.  It worked.  The panic was broken.  He had a plan and was confident he could use it later that day. 

This technique works because the powerful emotions we developed to survive in desperate circumstances are directly connected to our posture, facial expression, and movement.  If you change your posture and movement, you can change your emotion.  The most powerful emotions sometimes require the most active and dramatic changes

 

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Main Specialties
Anxiety Issues, Depression, Eating & Food Issues
Credentials
LICSW, MSW
I Practice in
All areas, please inquire
Additional Expertise
Author, Counselor/Therapist, Family Coach, Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist, Relationship Coach, Social Worker, Speaker/Presenter, Wellness Coach, YourTango Expert Partner
I OFFER MY SERVICES
At my office, Telephone, Via Skype, Other, please inquire
I AM FLUENT IN
English
LICENCE INFORMATION ExpirationMonday, July 31, 2017 NumberLC00301160
Helping Orientation:
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Family Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Interpersonal, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Relational, Relationship Coaching, Relationship Enhancement ® (RE), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Other
Specialties
Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety Issues, Chronic Pain/Disability or Illness, Communication Problems, Couples/Marital Issues, Dating/Being Single Support, Depression, Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Drug and Alcohol, Eating & Food Issues, Family Support, Grief, Loss, & Bereavement, Health Coach, Infidelity / Affair Recovery, Life Management, Life Transitions, NLP, Parenting, Phobias/OCD, Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma, Stepfamilies, Stress Management, Wellness

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