So often, self-defeating talk, harsh self-criticism and difficulty tolerating physical and mental discomfort create barriers to the wellness goals we wish to achieve. Based in part on the work of Dr. Kelly McGonigal, the author of The Neuroscience of Change, in this program Licensed Mental Health Counselor Alison C. Issen will explore the foundations of positive change and changing our relationship to stress. You’ll discuss ways of turning your mind away from your default patterns and negativity that no longer serve you, in order to establish new behaviors and attitudes that support and sustain your current goals and values.
By participating in this program, you can expect to:
- Explore what weakens your willpower and why your reserves are limited
- Link the effect of high stress levels on willpower, and learn how changing our relationship to stress will enhance your abilities to effect desired change
- Learn strategies to overcome common barriers to desired behavior change such as “surfing the urge,” “terror management” and distress tolerance
This program is presented by Alison Issen and hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
Cancelling Your Reservation: If you are unable to attend a program, cancelling your reservation gives us an accurate count of how many to expect; for sold-out programs, canceling your reservation also allows someone on the waitlist to attend in your place. Cancelling can be done in two easy ways: by calling 407.644.2492 and selecting Option 1, then Option 3 to speak to a representative or by using the online ticket cancellation option in your original confirmation email from Eventbrite.
About the Presenter:
Alison C. Issen has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, as well as a Registered Nurse. Alison recently retired as the outpatient counselor at Orlando Health/UFHealth Cancer Center. For several years, Alison coordinated the Sage-ing Center, a program which encourages and supports adults of all ages, but particularly those in the second half of life, to inventory, evaluate and intentionally plan a life of purpose, learning, fulfillment and community service. Alison brought this comprehensive program to the hospice several years ago and developed Hospice of the Comforter’s Quality of Life Education Program. Alison has taught psychology at the college level, and has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 35 years, including over 10 years as a hospice nurse and counselor. Her areas of specialty include stress management, grief and loss, end-of-life, aging and relationship issues, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Positive Psychology. Beyond her professional life, Alison is an “extreme gardener,” volunteers at a local animal shelter and performs with local singing and theatre groups.