This Course Carries 10 structured CPD hours as defined by the

Mindful CBT Anxious Patient

Treatment Course

Treating phobic and anxious patients

using a mindful CBT protocol: Course for Dentists


“My name is Philip Christie and I am a practising dentist for close to 40 years.  I hold a Master’s degree in Dental Science as well as a Master’s degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  My career has been about bringing about a kind of synthesis between Dental Science and Human Science, the Objective and the Subjective, Science and Art.  I have designed this course to provide a stress reduction/resilience protocol for dentists based on the well documented effects of a method known as Mindfulness and a Psychotherapeutic modality called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

It aims to enhance mental, emotional and physical wellbeing as well as reducing stress and anxiety which can lead to burnout. It also has benefits in enhancing inter-personal relationships, communication and conflict resolution which are invaluable in reducing the risk of litigation. I look forward to working with you.”

Philip Christie
B.Dent.Sc., M.Dent.Sc (Perio), M.A. (CBT)

Course Outline

‘This problem is a problem for the entire dental team and produces effects for all involved. There are consequences for the level and quality of care provided and for the atmosphere in which the treatment is provided.’ 

A stressful episode with a nervous patient can ruin your day, if not your week! The problem is not simply a patient’s problem. The problem is a problem for the entire dental team and produces effects for all involved. There are consequences for the level and quality of care provided and for the atmosphere in which the treatment is provided.  Commonly, a day is ruined by a difficult episode.

The most common coping strategy of the clinician is to distance themselves from the anxious person focussing instead on the ‘job in hand’. They take an attitude of ‘I can’t work with you if you won’t cooperate’ and although understandable from the point of view of the clinician’s frustration. it is not helpful either to themselves or the person involved.

The Problem: The Dentist is Human too!  

There is probably little else so stressful in dentistry than to be faced with an extremely anxious or phobic patient who needs care but does not feel able to submit to it. Modern dentistry allots a certain time to each procedure and an anxious person may take 3-4 times as long to treat where it is even possible to do so. Most attempts to treat these people ends up as an attempt to cajole from one step in treatment to another. The dentist is often worn out from the effort and feels like he or she has already done a week’s work and needs a holiday to recover.

The Solution

For sensitive clinicians, it is hard to avoid a sense of anxiety arising when in the presence of that level of anxiety meaning the dentist has become anxious as well as the patient. This situation can easily lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding. It can even lead to frustration and anger, sure ingredients of conflict.

The solution to this is for dentists to learn the basics of the therapeutic relationship. This allows clinicians to better know themselves and the patient and to be guided through the process of best serving both. There are many principles from the profession of psychotherapy that can help the dentist to regulate their own emotional responses while dealing with severe emotional reactions in the patient. These are the principles that are taught in this course.


The Course Consists of 7 Modules

This course is designed for Dentists who want to treat phobic and anxious patients.

The principles will improve relationships with all patients. 

Click on each individual module below to see more details.

Module 1

Introduction to the therapeutic model. How to ground yourself and self-regulate. The self-first model.

Module 2

Fundamental principles to manage the person’s anxiety. The allowing principle

Module 3

Understanding the neuroscience and physiology of trauma related anxiety

Module 4

Understanding the nature and origin of anxiety as truncated traumatized child and how to manage the trauma.

Module 5

Putting it all together – The clinical session
The clinical session is a 3 hour session with 2 anxious patients booked for 1 hour consultation each with a half hour for questions and discussion after each one. Travel to practice up to 80 km included in price.

Module 6

The treatment journey or journey to health: Beyond the narrow current concepts

Module 7

 Question and answer session

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Cost per participant €1,500

including a 3 hour clinical session demonstration (travel up to 80 km) 

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