Practitioner Course

Calming the Anxious Brain

How to use evidence-based solution to calm your patient's amygdala.

Online Course
2 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


3 hours total


Catherine Pittman

About this course

Humans are by nature fearful and anxious creatures and our brains are designed to search for threats, focus on them, and overestimate and remember them. We need to rewire the brain to resist these tendencies, by using interventions that have been shown to calm the amygdala and to teach the amygdala and cortex new responses to threat.

We know more about the neurological, physical, emotional, and cognitive processes underlying fear and anxiety and panic than about other emotions. As a result, we know more about the neurological processes underlying anxiety-based disorders than any other disorders. Dr. Pittman provides clear and understandable descriptions of how the amygdala and cortex each influence the production of fear and anxiety.

We should be using this information to make changes in the amygdala and cortex. The interventions presented in this course have empirical evidence demonstrating that they impact the brain and provide effective treatment of anxiety disorders.

This is a neurologically informed approach to CBT for effective treatment of anxiety that is accessible to clients of all educational levels. Interventions that target both the amygdala and the cortex for change are presented in a way designed to promote client motivation and engagement in treatment.

What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Identify the importance and effectiveness of a goal-focused approach to anxiety.
  • Describe the role of the amygdala in maintaining anxiety disorders for purposes of client psychoeducation
  • Assess and identify when the client’s anxiety begins in the amygdala and help them understand their fight, flight, freeze response
  • Describe the role of the cortex in influencing amygdala activation and maintaining anxiety disorders.
  • Motivate clients by clearly explaining how the interventions target parts of the brain that create anxiety and stress and panic (specifically the amygdala and cortex).
  • Identify specific brain-based interventions for the amygdala and the cortex that will allow clients to overcome the negative effects of anxiety on their goals.

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Catherine Pittman, Ph.D., H.S.S.P.

Catherine is a licensed clinical psychologist, and psychology professor at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. A practicing clinical psychologist treating anxiety for over 30 years, she also is experienced in neuropsychological rehabilitation with individuals who have experienced brain injuries or strokes. In 2019, she was honored by Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana with a Service Award for her work in treating brain injury. Dr. Pittman practices neurologically informed CBT, and has conducted research in both fear conditioning and neuropsychology, preparing her well to explain the neurology of fear and anxiety. With Elizabeth Karle, Dr. Pittman authored Rewire Your Anxious Brain, a book recognized for its clear explanation of how to change both the amygdala and cortex in order to make the brain more resistant to anxiety. She also wrote Rewire Your OCD Brain with coauthor neuropsychologist William Youngs and 50 Ways to Rewire Your Anxious Brain with Maha Zayed Hoffman. She has been referred to as “the Amygdala Whisperer,” so it is no surprise that her most recent book is a workbook on overcoming anxiety titled Taming Your Amygdala, published by PESI.