Anxiety + Depression: Recognizing & Treating Common Co-Occurring Conditions

This 6-hour On-Demand Webinar led by Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD was originally broadcast live in November 2021.

Access information, handouts/resources, and CE credits information will be sent to you shortly after registration. All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

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The clinician’s challenge is to discern the co-morbidity since symptom presentations can be similar in both anxiety and depression. Further complicating matters is the fact that depression can lower energy to complete treatment recommendations and block effective starts in treatment.

Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg will use her clinical experience and foundation in neurobiological causes of anxiety and depression to identify different client presentations. These seven types of combined anxiety and depression presentations are:

  • The Low Energy Client whose anxiety interferes with depression.
  • The Hopeless Ruminator, whose depression makes it too difficult to energize.
  • The Panicky and Depressed person who needs to take charge of anxiety.
  • The Worried and Exhausted client who must address burnout.
  • The Quiet Avoider whose social anxiety promotes isolation and depression.
  • The High Energy Anxious and Depressed client whose energy masks depression.
  • The High Anxiety client who can use anxious energy for depression recovery.

Through interactive activities and lecture, you’ll learn how to immediately use methods to enable your clients to thrive in recovery.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to —

  • Utilize assessment tools to clarify symptoms to effectively diagnosis co-morbidity of anxiety and depression that will set the stage to ‘jump-start’  psychotherapy.
  • Communicate the efficacy of psychotherapy for positive brain change to improve clients compliance with treatment methods
  • Apply appraisal of temperament, locus of control, introversion/extraversion as well as DSM-V symptom evaluation to clients’ presentations of symptoms.
  • Establish treatment protocols for 7 types of co-occurring anxiety plus depression
  • Promote faster improvement in symptoms for Low Energy Clients by addressing cognitions
  • Increase the mental and physical energy of the Hopeless Ruminator
  • Apply panic management protocols that will also relieve depressive symptoms 
  • Utilize protocols for burnout that promote recovery from anxiety and depression
  • Recruit executive functions to positively challenge ruminative thinking
  •  Utilize the ‘3 C’s’ to enhance social success for the Quiet Avoider
  • Recognize and resolve the impact of trauma on High Energy Anxious and Depressed clients
  • Access and utilize the energy of the High Anxiety client to get quick remission of depression

Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has authored 8 books on anxiety and depression treatment, including her best-selling The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques.

In addition to being an expert on anxiety and depression treatment, Margaret has extensive expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. She coaches business professionals on managing anxiety and contributes articles for The Psychotherapy Networker magazine and blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Margaret has also produced audio soundtracks for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery, which are available on her website.

Day 1

Time Topic Covered
Hour 1
  • Review of Assessment Options and Neurobiology:  I will discuss aspects of temperament, the impact of extraversion and introversion, the impact of locus of control, and do a basic review of brain structure and function as it relates to anxiety and depression recovery.
Hour 2
  • Raising Energy in the Low Energy Client and the Hopeless Ruminator: Working with the symptomatology of rumination, lethargy, and loss of interest, this session will identify beginning methods to raise energy high enough to begin depression recovery. Participants will practice tools to utilize positivity and change explanatory thinking.
Hour 3
  • Dealing with Co-morbid Panic and Depression and with Burnout: In this hour the immediate tools to resolve panic attacks will be reviewed, such as breathing and nutritional changes. Participants will discuss the process of evaluating the degree of burnout and making lifestyle changes to reduce burnout.

Day 2

Topic Covered
Hour 4
  • Remission for the Quiet Avoider – Dealing with Social Anxiety: Participants will help create a protocol that uses the ‘3 C’s’ to establish an effective social exposure for an adult or a child. 
Hour 5
  • Recognize and resolve trauma and anxiety in the High Energy Anxious and Depressed Client: This session will help therapists’ ability to recognize the impact of trauma and the masking effect of high energy that is essential for this client to effectively begin treatment. Several methods will be discussed.
Hour 6
  • Establish Fast Gains in the High Anxiety and Depressed Client: The impact of cognitive methods is most effective in this type of comorbid anxiety and depression. Learn to ‘jump-start’ treatment. Discuss planning on-going therapy for all clients

This training offers 6 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.


The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

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Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices