I just ordered the program to try for 30 days. I'm into week 3 of the 15 week program. Lucinda Bassett is an actress who suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks, she talks about her experience and gives the information on how she worked with doctors to develop the program. I have to admit that the program does take some work, obviously you will get out what you put into it. The program is set up for 1 lesson per week, but it is laid out to cover the entire week. For example: Day1, listen to the audio lesson; Day 2, observe yourself for things discussed in the audio; Day3, listen to the audio and complete the workbook exercises; Day 4, observe yourself and work on techniques discussed in the workbook; Day 5, listen to the audio. They also have some video/DVD supplements relating to the lessons, but I have not watched those yet. The audio lessons are around 1 hr long, divided into 3 sections. 1st Lucinda introduces the topic and discusses her experiences briefly, then she has guest who have completed the program talk about their experiences before and after they completed the program, finally she ends talking about techniques and steps to take to work on the lesson topic.
The audio is very easy to listen to, conversation style, down-to-earth discussions. They also stress that this is a process and to not get caught up on the individual steps and perfecting each technique. So far, I have completed the introduction, panic attacks, and self-talk. She talks about how therapists want to spend time talking about how your childhood had damaged you and putting blame on other people, etc, Lucinda developed the program as an action program with the thought of (my paraphrasing) so-what, it's in the past, how do I move forward right now and make my life better.
I have to be honest, after hearing the program cost I was very tempted not to order. The telemarketer on the 1-800 number did a good job of getting me to commit to the 30-day free trial, then I felt guilty for being talked into it, but I figured I didn't have much to lose. (Be warned, they are still telemarketers on the phone and will do what they need to to close the sale, one review I found later recommended asking for a 60-day trial and they got one.) Now I'm really considering keeping the program after the trial is over. If you do the one-time payment, it is around $420, including the $9.95 for S&H that I paid for the trial. As someone mentioned above, that's a small price to pay compared to therapists and drugs.
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I'm looking forward to a slightly less-stressful Christmas already!