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Topics: Mindful Aging, Childhood Trauma, Passive-Aggressive Behavior, Relationships, Women’s Issues, Anger Management, Communication, Stress Management
Areas: Los Angeles County, Orange County
Title: Psychotherapist, Expert in Passive-Aggressive Behavior
Is your group dealing with anger or aging issues? Dr. Andrea Brandt’s compelling presentations offer simple, practical strategies you can start using today to deal with both anger and fear of aging.
Featured on CNN and on numerous television, radios shows and podcasts, Dr. Brandt offers presentations on anger and aging that bring help and hope to any audience struggling with these issues. Whether the subject is anger or aging, Dr. Brandt’s “let’s get real,” no-nonsense communication style sets her audience at ease. Everyone leaves her passionate, interactive presentations with simple yet powerful solutions that ease anxiety and foster more honest communication in both their personal and professional lives.
Dr. Brandt is the author of three bestselling books: 8-Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness, Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom, and Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose & Joy. She’s a featured blogger for Psychology Today, and she’s written for The Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Psych Central and many other publications. Here’s what your group will gain from her two popular keynote presentations:
That we age is inevitable. How we age is largely up to us. As the last of the Baby Boomers have now turned 50 and another 10,000 of their generation retire each day, a huge number of Americans find themselves confronted with the changes and challenges that come with aging and older age. Many find themselves asking: How can I age well? Or, more specifically, How can I be my happiest and healthiest, live to my highest potential, and make the greatest difference up until my dying day?
In this special seminar, noted author, speaker, and psychotherapist Dr. Andrea Brandt provides the evidence-based answers to those crucial questions as well as the tools you’ll need to truly transform your life and continue thriving for the rest of your days.
You’ll hear stories drawn from real-life situations, combined with Dr. Brandt’s endearing “let’s get real” no-nonsense communication style. You’ll go home with a catalog of powerful strategies and simple exercises that help you begin to age more mindfully and experience the happiness and vitality that result.
The author of Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose & Joy, Dr. Brandt…
- Confidently guides you through a proven 7-point program for releasing obstacles, living congruently, and fully engaged with your life
- Facilitates the development of proactivity, resourcefulness, and emotional and physical resilience as you encounter the unique challenges and opportunities of older age
- Coaches you on how to create the connections that engender joy, meaning, and fulfillment at this time of your life
- Helps you swiftly recover and reinvent yourself after transition, crisis, or loss
- Explains how you can gain insight into your current level of engagement with life as you traverse your own journey of aging
Were you taught that anger is bad and to avoid it at all cost? “Not true!” says psychologist and author Dr. Andrea Brandt. “Society expects us to repress our negative emotions, but anger can actually help us get what we want and deepen intimacy with the people we care about.”
Using vivid, real-life examples drawn from her three decades of professional experience, Dr. Brandt reveals how we can use anger, conflict, and mindfulness skills to transform and heal troubled relationships by making anger our friend.
Her compelling presentations give you simple, practical strategies for expressing feelings constructively, encouraging honest communication, setting and maintaining boundaries, and creating richer, more rewarding relationships with family members, friends, coworkers—and in every area of life.
The author of Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom and 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness, Dr. Brandt shows how to:
- Release long-held fears about expressing anger and dealing with conflict
- Transform anger and conflict into healthy, positive relationships
Identify and eliminate passive-aggressive behavior in yourself and
- Create closer, more satisfying intimate relationships by using anger and conflict
- Recognize and change self-sabotaging behavior in yourself and others
- Apply simple mindfulness skills to release toxic stress and improve physical,
- mental, and emotional health
Dr. Brandt’s focus on dealing with anger and passive-aggressiveness was shaped by her childhood in Chicago, where her paternal grandfather was murdered by the mafia. Because the family’s anger, sadness, and despair were never fully expressed or healed, the whole family suffered, and it became her passion to help others use conflict and anger to heal family ties and strengthen business and personal relationships.
Everyone leaves Dr. Brandt’s passionate, interactive presentations with simple yet powerful strategies that create clear, positive, and more honest communication in the workplace, at home, and in every area of their lives.
- Corporations and businesses
- Entrepreneurs, small business owners
- Business, nonprofit, civic, community groups and organizations
- Executives, administrators and departmental managers, team leaders, HR professionals, sales teams, employees
- Colleges, universities, schools, youth groups, educators, parent groups
- Hospitals, medical offices, healthcare organizations, health workers
- Rehab centers, caregivers, healers
- Recovery, cancer survivors, other support groups
- Therapists, psychologists, counselors, coaches
- Women’s groups, groups of women professionals
Customized for your group and presented as Keynotes, Breakouts, Workshops or Seminars (½ or full-day), Retreats, Trainings, and Webinars. Dr. Brandt is also available as a panel guest or moderator.
A Powerfully Transformative Program for Re-Engaging with Life for Greater Resilience, Purpose and Joy
Of the 100 million Americans today age 50 and above, far too many are living un-mindfully and according to the negative conditioning and stereotypes that persist in the media and throughout society. The results are disengagement, inactivity, isolation, depression, decline, and premature death.
These people need the cutting-edge scientific information that debunks the old stereotypes and the professional guidance that helps them release the ingrained conditioning so they may evaluate life in older age anew, seeing the reality of what is truly available to them at this point in their lives. They need the unique mindset, strategies, and tools to work through fears and let go of the limiting beliefs and other obstacles that are holding them back, and to embrace their life and live it fully and mindfully—with clarity, purpose, and passion.
This is the only truly transformational seminar available on aging and how to create a life you love in older age. It addresses the needs of an enormous population (the 50+ market). It is the latest, hottest, most comprehensive, evidence-based approach on the subject.
Is Passive-Aggressive Behavior Sabotaging Your Workplace—and Your Life?
Is sugar-coated hostility in your workplace driving you crazy? Do your colleagues mutter comments under their breath when you talk with them, show up late to meetings you schedule—or even steal your lunch? Does your boss exclude you from meetings instead of discussing work issues with you directly? Are you confused and stressed out by people who say “yes” when they mean “no”?
You may be dealing with the frustrating but common issue of passive-aggressive behavior. Passive-aggressiveness is often a protective armor that’s rooted in childhood, because most of us are not taught that conflict can be dealt with constructively.
In this empowering talk, you’ll discover how to identify and cope with passive-aggressiveness in the workplace, using simple but powerful strategies, such as assertive communication and setting boundaries, to resolve conflict and create honest, clear and positive communication.
How to Make Anger Your Friend: Using Conflict to Create More Intimacy in Your Relationships
Is “conflict phobia” damaging your relationships? Did you grow up in a family where conflict was avoided at all cost? If so, you probably never learned that dealing effectively with conflict can resolve disputes and bring you closer than you could ever imagine to your partners, family members, friends, and everyone in your life.
This keynote presentation gives your group 7 steps to conflict resolution—simple rules for assertive yet compassionate communication that create understanding and lead to more intimate, loving relationships. You’ll leave knowing how to use conflict as a positive, creative force that can create healthy intimacy with the people who matter most to you.
Meet Dr. Andrea Brandt…
Dr. Andrea Brandt is a marriage and family therapist located in Santa Monica California. Andrea brings over 35 years of clinical experience to the role of individual family therapist, couples counseling, group therapy and anger management classes.
Dr. Brandt is a recognized expert in treating a full range of emotional issues, including anger & aggression, anxiety & trauma, aging issues, relationships, work-life balance, workplace, and women’s issues.
In her workshops, patient sessions and presentations, Dr. Brandt reveals positive paths to emotional health that teach you how to reinvent and empower yourself. She emphasizes the mind-body-heart connection as a key to mental, physical and emotional wellness.
Upon pioneering a new approach to emotional healing, Dr. Brandt directed her attention to the study of anger management and conflict resolution. In her book 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness, Dr. Brandt examines strategies for overcoming a common yet debilitating response mechanism. In her second book, Mindful Anger: a pathway to emotional freedom, Dr. Brandt explores methods to better understand and manage the powerful emotion of anger. In her third book,
Mindful Aging: Embracing Your Life After 50 to Find Fulfillment, Purpose, and Joy, Dr. Brandt challenges you to throw out the old stereotypes about aging, to look at the powerful and inspiring new evidence, and to open yourself to the very real possibilities that exist for you right now. Release Date: October 10, 2017
She also trains therapists across the nation with the seminar: Mindful Anger: The Art of Transforming a Difficult Emotion into a Therapeutic Tool Seminar
Go to mindfulangerworksop.com for details.
For more information, please visit www.abrandtherapy.com.
What people are saying…
“Andrea Brandt speaks from a wealth of clinical experience and touches the core issues of anger management and conflict. She is inspiring and compassionate, wise and credible in her presentations. It was a pleasure having her work with my clients.”
—Dominic Cirincione PhD, President, Organizational Fitness Associates
“Andrea had a wealth of knowledge right at the tip of her fingers. She really knows her stuff! I left her talk feeling very optimistic and excited knowing I would be able to use her suggestions to deal with my own anger.”
—Lisa R., Presentation Attendee
“Dr. Brandt is warm, charming, and a pathfinder in her insights regarding mental healing and well-being. She offers focus points that are always current and that many of us haven’t begun to discover. All this combines to make her an informative and engaging speaker.”
—Caren Kaye, PhD
Books by Andrea Brandt
A guide to learn how to grow happier, more confident, more loving and more engaged—at the same time as you grow older
In this highly informative, inspiring, and encouraging transformational book, Dr. Brandt lays out, chapter by chapter, the key ingredients proven essential for experiencing a healthy, happy, meaningful, and significant older age. Among the topics included are positive yet realistic approaches to growing older; the value of curiosity, compassion, and self-expression; the need to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit; and the advantages to oneself of meaningful relationships and useful service.
All of the book’s strategies build physical and emotional resilience, a must for navigating life joyfully in older age. And all increase readers’ self-awareness and guide them in living more faithfully to who they really are—their true self—emphasizing the benefits of continuing to become more themselves until the very end.
“Interspersed with useful exercises, mindfulness techniques, case examples, sample scenarios as well as the author’s real-life experiences . . . this book will help you discover how anger manifests itself in your life and how to use mindfulness to release this anger positively, leading to a kind of self-liberalisation. . . . Useful to those in helping professions like counsellors and psychotherapists . . . . As this book addresses a globally relevant issue, that is, anger, through the use of both Eastern and Western techniques, it becomes a resource that can be used by practitioners from across the world.” (British Journal of Guidance & Counselling)
8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness and Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom
Many people often say “yes” to something when they’d rather say “no.” They offer cooperation through words but follow up with how they really feel—in actions that contradict their words. That’s passive-aggression. At its heart, passive-aggression is about being untrue to oneself, which makes it impossible to have a clean relationship with others. Passive-aggression as a communication method doesn’t make someone “bad.” It is simply a strategy learned in childhood as a coping mechanism, a hard-to-break habit. Changing passive-aggressive behavior requires knowledge, tools, and practice, as outlined here.
The book offers effective methods for transforming passive-aggression into healthy assertiveness to communicate in constructive ways through eight keys: Recognize Your Hidden Anger; Reconnect Your Emotions to Your Thoughts; Listen to Your Body; Set Healthy Boundaries; Communicate Assertively; Interact Using Mindfulness; Disable the Enabler; and Problem-Solve for Better Outcomes. Hands-on exercises are featured, enabling readers to better understand themselves.