Break Free From Anxiety: A 9-Month Course on the Art of Living
The 2023-24 round is now open for registration! Scroll down for payment options.
If you’re longing to break free from your anxiety…
If you struggle with lack of self-trust, perfectionism, and control…
If you’re wondering how to work more deeply with the mindsets and tools that I teach in my book, The Wisdom of Anxiety…
If you’re caught in the chokehold of intrusive thoughts and need direct guidance on how to decode their messages….
If you feel swallowed by shame and are longing to connect to self-compassion…
If you’ve been following my work for a while but aren’t making progress because you’re trapped by resistance…
If you know that taking responsibility is a key component to healing but you have no idea how to do that…
If you struggle with connecting to your emotions and wonder what I mean when I say “drop down out of your head and feel your feelings”…
If you’re longing to connect with like-minded people on a similar path of healing…
If you’ve been waiting for my course on dreamwork…
… THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.
It takes nine months to gestate, grow, and birth a baby, and it takes just as long to shed habits that are no longer serving you so that you can birth new parts of yourself that are waiting to be born. While we can heal on our own, it’s so much more effective in a group, especially when you’re being led directly by a guide who knows the terrain of anxiety.
I know anxiety. I know relationship anxiety. I know health anxiety. I know generalized anxiety. I know panic. I know intrusive thoughts. I’ve spent the last 20 years of my professional life leading clients and course members through these dark forests and helping them find their own lamplights and flashlights, the last 15 years parenting my highly sensitive sons through their own anxious terrains, and the last 25 years studying my own labyrinths of anxiety. There isn’t an anxious thought I haven’t heard or an anxious symptom I haven’t experienced myself. I have plenty of fears, but when it comes to guiding people through anxiety, I am fearless.
This course is designed to gently and skillfully guide you into the next layer of your healing. It’s designed to address the resistance that will inevitably arise when you commit to course of this length and teach you how to harness its power. And it’s designed to help you break through your stuck points so that you can experience the inner freedom and joy that are your birthright.
This course is the roadmap on the art of living that you never received in school.
It is the culmination of my two decades of doing this work, and I’m delighted to be offering it to you now.
The course is divided into the following six modules:
Where we will be shining light on this most powerful obstacle to change and learning tools to help you harness its power.
Where you will be learning about what it means to show up for yourself as a loving inner parent/compassionate friend.
The Physical Realm
Where you will learn the basics of healthy nutrition (including easy recipes!), exercise, gut health, and how to address insomnia at the root.
The Emotional Realm
Where you will receive a comprehensive and gentle guide on how to feel your feelings.
The Cognitive Realm
Where we will shatter the cognitive distortions that create anxiety, decode intrusive thoughts, and learn the primary tool for mental well-being.
The Soul Realm
Where we will delve into the world of dreams and the other key elements that water the well of soul.
If you’ve taken one of my 30-day courses, each of these modules is like its own course. The difference is that we will spend one week on each module then have a pause week where you will have time to integrate the material. We learn in layers and spirals, and the course is formatted to follow our natural learning style. This format will also circumvent both resistance and overwhelm which will increase your chances of being able to stay with the material for the entire nine months.
What You Will Receive:
The course will be delivered in a way that honors all learning styles: written, visual, and auditory.
1 email every day for 9 months. There will be almost no overlap with my other courses, my blog posts, or my book. This is 98% new material.
8 videos to guide you through each module
14 original MP3 meditations, visualizations, and poems created especially for this course
Access to frequent group calls with me where you will have a chance to ask your questions and receive direct support
Access to peer-to-peer small support groups
Lifetime access to all of the material
The element of support is KEY to transformation. As I’ve led dozens of small groups over the years, it’s become clear to me that when we connect in real time and we hear other people’s stories, several shame layers fall away. Normalization and connection are the antidotes to shame, and nothing normalizes shame faster than sharing stories in a safe group. I very much look forward to connecting with you, getting to know you, and guiding you through your healing via these calls.
You will also be grouped into smaller pods where you will have regular opportunities to connect with other highly sensitive people and support each other through the material. We are not meant to heal alone, and the wisdom and compassion that pours through my course members never ceases to amaze me. You are wiser than you think, and one way to grow your loving inner parent is to offer support to others and to listen to the way others offer support. Many lifelong friendships have been formed through these safe, transformative groups.
Healing is a long process, and this course isn’t a quick fix. Through the daily emails and live support, I will be walking alongside you every step of the way, creating the safety and support necessary for true healing to occur.
Connection is key: to yourself, to others, and to a higher source. This course offers pathways for strengthening connection in all ways.
We are not meant to heal alone!
"The Break Free From Anxiety course was life-changing for me"
“The Break Free From Anxiety course was life-changing for me. I’ve healed many layers of anxiety through Sheryl’s work, but this particular course gave me the time and space to go deeper. I loved receiving daily emails because they helped me integrate the information in small, consistent bits. The group calls provided big blasts of encouragement, and even though the course is over, my small group is still going! It’s amazing to connect with like minds and hearts through this program – what a gift.”
"To have Sheryl as a guide for 9 months was not only the best treat I gave to myself since becoming a mum, but I too made some surprising 'lifelong' friends along the way (or at least I hope they will be!) - and this was not something I was expecting. "
“To wake up to daily email from Sheryl was like receiving a note of encouragement from a good friend, every morning! It was the nourishment I required to forge on ahead with my established, gone by the wayside, and aspire to have ‘practices’ to help me on my path of life. To have Sheryl as a guide for 9 months was not only the best treat I gave to myself since becoming a mum, but I too made some surprising ‘lifelong’ friends along the way (or at least I hope they will be!) – and this was not something I was expecting.
“The most illuminating part for me was the deep dive into ‘resistance’ in trying to understand all the complex ways she shows up and manifests for me, but I also loved the pace of the whole course. We got to revisit all the realms at each trimester, with ample time for ‘pause’ and the just right amount of playful food for thought and suggestion along the way to stir my curiosity.
“The group calls with fellow participants have a magical way of making me feel connected to my HSP tribe out there, and normalise so much of my internal world – that it is not only a priceless benefit – but quenches a deep thirst and makes me hungry for more!
“The small group calls (which were optional) are still continuing weekly and has wonderful plans of unions, holiday destinations and in person connection! I am so hopeful that one day it come to fruition – but for now it’s a comforting thought and so welcomed in my ‘dreams’.
“With so much gratitude – despite my inbox feeling a little blue now that it’s over – thank you Sheryl.”
"The biggest change I noticed is that I have stopped being afraid of the anxiety itself."
I came to this course having already done the Break Free From Relationship Anxiety self-paced course, which had been very helpful. The 9-month course, however, was really something else and exactly what I needed in order to achieve a breakthrough. I cannot thank Sheryl enough for all the work she put in this course, and it fully delivered. Receiving an email every single day for 9 months gave a consistent influx of energy and resulted in my response to anxiety gradually changing – which I didn’t think was possible! The forum and the group calls (including the small groups) were also extraordinarily helpful in connecting with like-minded people and in receiving and sharing support.
The biggest change I noticed is that I have stopped being afraid of the anxiety itself. I never thought I would be able to become curious about what the anxiety was trying to say, but it’s exactly what happened. As a concrete result I finally had the courage to ask my girlfriend to move in together, which I had been postponing after several years of being crippled by relationship anxiety. Not only did the fear fade away, but it was replaced by a quiet excitement and optimism towards the future. I realized probably for the first time in my life that I was the one responsible for my own inner well being. It took a lot of dedication to get there, and this course was exactly the help I needed. I cannot recommend it enough!
Hubert in Toronto
"I still remember the exact moment when I decided to enroll in "Break free from anxiety " course. I'm from Italy and I was a bit of afraid at enrolling in a course not held in my mother tongue language but I was so tired to be trapped in my intrusive thoughts. The idea of receiving a daily email for 9 months made me think: ok, at least I will no longer feel so alone and I can honestly say this online path has been a true blessing. I never felt so seen and heard. "
“The thing I loved most were the online calls. The stories of other people all around the world helped me a lot to normalize what I was feeling – often removing that veil of guilt and shame I was used to feel towards myself – and often provided me with food for thoughts. In addition, Sheryl’s voice is already healing in itself! Would I do it again? Absolutely yes. The suffering is still there and also the unexpected as normal part of life but I’ve learned and I’m still learning to accept all of this and I finally feel like I’m in real control of my life as I can see what happen in my mind – as a response of what happen in life – and I can choose how to respond. It’s of course not always easy but at least I’m now aware I have a choice.”
Francesca, Milan, Italy
"There are many therapists and coaches out there who are a lot of fluff and flash without a lot of substance - but Sheryl is the real deal! I'm a tough customer (a type A, lawyer, perfectionist), and this class really exceeded my expectations!"
Sheryl’s approach is not a quick fix solution, but a true holistic approach into all aspects of one’s life – the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Sheryl has crafted the class to speak to many different learning styles, and the very fact that she takes this into consideration, is just one example of how thoughtful and unique her class is. I looked forward to reading the daily emails which are filled with not only substantive information, but examples from Sheryl’s own life, her client’s experiences (shared with permission) and other example scenarios so that you can easily apply it to your own life or understand how the principles she is teaching relate to specific incidents so then you are able to recognize it in the future when it appears in your own life.
My favorite part of the class were the group calls where Sheryl provides one-on-one support to individual callers. She provides more insight in a 15-minute conversation then any therapist I’ve ever worked with over the course of weeks or months. Also, it was incredibly helpful to hear about what other individuals are struggling with, and I was really surprised about how much I could relate to every single caller’s experience. It’s often difficult to recognize your own struggles/limiting beliefs/etc, but by listening to other callers, I could more objectively understand the points Sheryl was bringing up and then connect the dots to my own life. Sheryl creates the most welcoming, safe and open environment so that each caller feels that they can be vulnerable and it was always incredibly beautiful and touching to hear each caller’s stories. In a world where we hear such negative news every day, I always walked away from the calls thinking that people are sensitive and beautiful creatures. Also, if you are a highly sensitive person, each call was like someone else was reading your mind and that this group of people act and feel the exact same way you do. It was incredibly validating and comforting to know there are others that think identically to the “weird” way you think and live all around the world from big cities, small towns, and even other countries.
There are many therapists and coaches out there who are a lot of fluff and flash without a lot of substance – but Sheryl is the real deal! I’m a tough customer (a type A, lawyer, perfectionist), and this class really exceeded my expectations!’
Tracey, Los Angeles, CA
"As a longtime follower of Sheryl's work, I have taken most of her courses. They are all wonderful, but I found this course to be uniquely special, as it's a deep dive into the complicated terrain of anxiety that honors the time and space it takes to make lasting change. "
It was a true delight to wake up every morning to a new email from Sheryl for nine months. The information had time to drop in and percolate, which gave me many new insights. In particular, the module on resistance was eye-opening for me. It helped me identify all the sneaky ways resistance has held the reins in my life and has prevented me from making healthy choices, addressing old wounds and shifting faulty mindsets. Resistance wants to keep you stuck, and this course is the perfect medicine to get you unstuck… or at the very least, illuminate the mechanisms that keep you on the hamster wheel.
I also loved the small group aspect of this course. Our group bonded on a very deep level. We met over video chat weekly throughout the nine months, and continue to meet now even though the course is done. For the first time in my life, I feel safe in a group setting, and I’m building lifelong friendships with like-minded, creative, spiritual HSPs. I don’t know how I ever would have found a group of kindred spirits like this one if not for this course.
Whether you are new to Sheryl’s work or have been at it for a while, I highly recommend this course. It is packed with information and wisdom and support, while being infused with a sense of mystery and the divine. It felt like a sacred cocoon with Sheryl as guide. I may not be a butterfly just yet, but I’m starting to trust that the transformation is possible. ”
Alina, Los Angeles, CA
"Sheryl's work has definitely changed my life, and a major part of that is due to the 9-month "Break Free From Anxiety" course."
"Sheryl’s wisdom and insight is a blessing in these hurting and difficult times; every course I’ve joined for has given me gifts that keep on giving. "
"I loved the organization of the course, the rest days, the steps, the loving actions, the questions. I loved the videos the most because it felt like watching a teacher or a loving guide. The pace was also really well thought out and I LOVED the modules on Resistance; they really helped give me that little (or giant) push when it was hardest. "
“Off the top off my head, I would like to mention that this course began when I was in the midst of moving all the way across the world, and it was my anchor in reaaaaally tumultuous times. The emails were the most helpful for me because they reminded me every day to turn inward. I couldn’t make the group calls due to the time difference, but I could still feel like a part of a community somehow – knowing that others were getting these exact emails at the exact same time was really comforting to me. I loved the organization of the course, the rest days, the steps, the loving actions, the questions. I loved the videos the most because it felt like watching a teacher or a loving guide. The pace was also really well thought out and I LOVED the modules on Resistance; they really helped give me that little (or giant) push when it was hardest.
I’ve been a follower of your work for many years, and have taken three others courses. This course solidified and went deeper into what I had already learned beforehand. So not only did it help ground me in the information, but also went a lot deeper and into so much more detail. This said, I think that this course is also wonderful if you’re new to this kind of work! Simply because of how well its organized and how well you’re eased into all the information. Everything is explained beautifully, and I felt the course unfolded very organically. I fell of the horse a lot of times, but I always felt like that was okay. The emails would be there, and Sheryl made it feel like there was never any rush or end goal to begin with.
Overall, I really enjoyed this course. As a young 20-something that goes through an existential crisis what seems like weekly, this course has been an anchor as well as a teacher. So thank you, I would recommend it to anyone wishing to begin or go deeper into their growth/healing journey. Thank you so much, Sheryl.”
Diana Carolina, Tokyo
"Sheryl is your wise guide through new and old waters, having a psychological, but also deeply spiritual and holistic perspective on life. I am deeply grateful for her and her work."
"I would not hesitate in recommending taking this course, as it is an entry-way into learning about your inner realms and finding your anchors.”
“This past year has brought about seismic shifts in my life for both personal (suicide of one parent, stroke in another) and professional reasons (I’m an ER doctor working in a covid-19 hotspot), and this past year has been one of the most challenging times in my life. I initially started by reading the “Wisdom of Anxiety,” and this was one of the foundational books that gifted me an anchoring perspective on what I was feeling that brought me much-needed peace and permission to feel/be. I then took the 9-month e-course that Sheryl offered, which was wonderful and very helpful in terms of content, direction, depth, and daily emails it provided. I would not hesitate in recommending taking this course, as it is an entry-way into learning about your inner realms and finding your anchors.”
"Without any doubt or hesitation, I can say this was the best investment I have ever made on myself."
"I would like to tell everyone that is interested in your 9 month course to absolutely do it! "
"The BFFA course was absolutely transformational for me."
The BFFA course was absolutely transformational for me. Sheryl takes you on a personal quest and is the perfect, loving guide for the process. Trust Sheryl’s wisdom, show up for yourself, lean into the support provided through the course (group calls, your small group, the forum), and your own individual therapist if possible, and transformation will happen.
Amber in Tustin, CA (2020-21 round)
"It is hard to put into words the effect Sheryl's work has had on my life. But to say it is life-changing is as accurate a description as any."
- Bryn in Boise, Idaho (2020-21 round)
"I can't tell you how much your work nourishes me and enriches my life. You are such a skilled interpreter/translator of this multi-layered and mysterious experience of life and I'm eternally grateful - for you and my friend who recommended the conscious bride 8 years ago!"
"I’m really beginning to gain a deeper awareness and greater felt sense of what you mean by breaking free from the addictive thought cycles that have spun ceaselessly in my mind for many years -- I’m now 36."
Reading what you wrote today, I felt inspired to reach out and give a quick response. I’m really beginning to gain a deeper awareness and greater felt sense of what you mean by breaking free from the addictive thought cycles that have spun ceaselessly in my mind for many years — I’m now 36.
What I’ve come to realize through this course and doing other work is that dropping into and anchoring my awareness in my body – the felt, sensory, emotional aspects of life – opens up much more creativity in my thinking and new possibilities. And as you said, the key to doing so has been not to identify or judge my thoughts, just simply endeavor to practice self-observation w/out judgment. From that place, I see reality much more clearly and can deal with my problems effectively. I’m taking greater responsibility for my life, crafting a new way of being 😊
I could say much more, but I’ll leave it there. Keep up the great work you do!
Matt in Jackson, MI
"In the 9 months of gestation, I've learned to welcome grief, make space for it and to appreciate its beauty and wisdom... The experience is like a slow cooker, not an instant meal. The taste is so much richer and in my experience, so much more nourishing."
“Sheryl’s BFFA course has taught me about the language and needs of my soul and the value of my body- that there is truly nothing wrong with my body and nothing about it to fix. That it is merely trying to get my attention with its symptoms, and that it will even scream if necessary to get my attention. And that listening to it with compassion and care, the way Sheryl offers her participants on the calls, is what allows my body to feel safe enough to reveal its message. A message it has been wanting and needing so desperately for me to hear.
"This course is a game-changer. Something you need to do to make sure you put yourself first, live your best life and return to your sacred self - the self you were always meant to be."
Intrusive thoughts and anxiety have always appeared at key moments during my life: marriage, pregnancy, postpartum and now menopause, only during menopause nothing worked to fix my pain on the outside. Fortunately I found Sheryl Paul.
On her course there were a couple of fundamental turning points which gave me courage to start healing.
Owning my pain.
Taking Response-ability for the pain and going in to the dark cave to uncover what had been repressed for over 45 years …some gold I have found. My inner child. Self-trust emerging. A very, very loud dramatic 8-year old ego who will do anything to keep me quiet and make sure I’m a good girl and never cause pain to the people I love so I don’t feel pain. Embracing all my emotions.
Intrusive thoughts. A big Carl Jung fan, Sheryl’s definition of these being an escape route from pain plus metaphors struck a chord with me. As it turns out I do believe one recurring thought has saved my life.
This course is a game-changer. Something you need to do to make sure you put yourself first, live your best life and return to your sacred self – the self you were always meant to be.
Love you, Sheryl. Thank you for giving me the courage to find my way home.
- Bex in New Zealand
"How do I feel after 9 months of BFFA? In a word, expansive. I am more about ways of being, less about ‘how do I fix it?’ (my heart is open). I feel less alone and more supported"
The 2023-24 round is now open for registration! The course will begin on September 10, 2023.
Option One: Pay Monthly
Note: The payment is divided over 10 months.
Please note that there are no refunds.
Option Two: Pay In Full
(Receive $91 discount)
Please note that there are no refunds.
Are you ready to break through your anxiety?
Are you ready to heal from the root and birth the next layer of your true self?
If so, take my hand, and let’s begin.
Please ask any questions in the comments section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this course apply to all forms of anxiety, including relationship anxiety and social anxiety?
Yes, the course applies to all forms of anxiety no matter how it presents itself. Remember that anxiety can hang its hat on any hook, so while you might be suffering from relationship anxiety now, the hook could change to health anxiety or social anxiety six months from now. In short, this course addresses anxiety from the root no matter the particular theme.
That said, if you’re struggling with a particular subset of anxiety, I recommend taking my corresponding course first or concurrently with this one: ie Break Free From Relationship Anxiety if you’re struggling with relationship anxiety or Grace Through Uncertainty if you’re struggling with health anxiety
Is there overlap between this course and your other courses?
With the exception of a couple of exercises, there is no overlap between this course and my other courses. You will receive a fresh email every day and access to brand new videos and visualizations.
I’ve taken all of your courses. How is this different?
There are several differences between this course and my other courses.
1. While the mindsets and tools are foundational to all of my work, this is completely different material, which applies to all forms of anxiety. In other words, while my other courses are specific to sub-topics of anxiety (relationship anxiety, getting married, becoming a mother, lack of self-trust), this course pertains to general anxiety and will guide you through the daily practices and tools necessary to living a life closer to your true self.
2. Another key difference is that you’ll be receiving the information DAILY, which will allow you to develop a consistent daily practice. This is essential to healing.
3. Thirdly, you’ll be receiving direct guidance from me, helping you to illuminate your stuck spots and work with the inevitable resistance that arises when we embark on a healing path. Keep in mind that a single, 50-minute coaching session with me is $295. If you pay monthly, this course is $89 a month. The element of live support is worth the monthly fee several times over!
4. This course recognizes that connection and community are essential to healing. You’ll be divided into small groups and encouraged to reach out to each other through Zoom calls. Knowing that you’re not alone and connecting through shared struggles reduces shame and facilitates healing almost more than any other element.
Is there overlap between this course and "The Wisdom of Anxiety"?
While the mindset and tools are similar to those presented in my book, none of the actual content is the same. In essence, this course begins where The Wisdom of Anxiety leaves off, so if you finished the book and were hoping to go deeper, this course is for you!
How much time per day does the course require?
That’s really up to you. The daily emails will take anywhere from 2-15 minutes to read, and most of them include opportunities for reflection and exploration. Ideally, I recommend spending at least 20 minutes a day on inner work, but any amount of time your devote to your inner world will move your healing forward.
Is the course inclusive of all genders, ages, religions, and sexual orientations?
Absolutely. Anxiety is the great equalizer, which means it crosses all boundaries and categories. No matter who you are, where you live, how old you are, and how you identify, if you struggle with anxiety, this course is for you.
Does this course work in conjunction with therapy?
Will the live coaching calls be accessible if I live overseas?
Yes, you will receive call-in information before each call that includes local phone numbers.
Can I purchase the course if I live overseas?
What is your refund policy?
This is a non-refundable, 9-month commitment. I’ve created the monthly installment option to make it more financially feasible, but this is not a subscription service (where the implication is that you can stop at any time). There are limited spots, so when you sign up you’re taking a seat in the class.
Also, once you sign up, you’ll have lifetime access to all of the materials, including the daily emails, the interviews, the MP3s, the recorded calls, and the videos. This means that even if resistance kicks in big time, or life comes in and throws a curve ball which makes it difficult to complete the course, you can come back to it at any time. In other words, there’s no way to “fall behind.”
If you’re uncertain about the nature of my offerings, I recommend the following: 1. Read my book, The Wisdom of Anxiety. 2. Listen to my Free Webinar on this course. 3. Read as many of my testimonials as you can, which can be found on my home page and all of my course pages. 4. Watch my videos. 5. Read my blog, where you’ll find hundreds of free articles that expound on the foundations of my work. After going through these resources, you should have a fairly good sense of me and how I work, which will help you make a sound decision.
That said, if a financial emergency arises I’m always open to discussing it. For those of you who know me, you know I’m human first and foremost and I will always listen to your humanity first and foremost.