Overcome Fear & Anxiety

October 14, 15, 17 & 18th, 2024 | Live Session Times: 12pm – 2:00pm, 2:30pm – 4:30pm EST

We all get scared sometimes. Isn’t it ironic how we use fear to shield ourselves from harm or discomfort, only to find ourselves riddled with anxiety as a result? Yes, fear, anxiety, and worry can paralyze us!

Example Scenarios:

“Now that I am divorced, I’m afraid I will never find love again, so I run away from all my relationships.”

“I failed at my job, and now I’m afraid I made the wrong career choice, so I make myself small and don’t take risks.”

“I am afraid to die, which is why I put pressure on myself to eat healthy.”

Instead of being fearful as you navigate challenges, imagine if you could ask yourself, “How will this strengthen me?” So that you can navigate any situation or experience with a clear head, move peacefully toward your wants, and leave fear in the past.

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Let’s flip the above scenarios with a different outcome:

Instead of running away from finding love, you could use it as an opportunity to go strongly for what you REALLY want!

Instead of making yourself small at work, you could grow yourself bigger by improving your skills.

Instead of fearing death, you could celebrate living with a healthy, nutritious diet.

In the Fearless Online Training Course

we challenge this paradox and give you tools to overcome the anxiety that holds you back from living a fearless life. Join us for four empowering sessions to overcome fear and anxiety for good.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Find the Target: It turns out, there is no such thing as “fear of the unknown.” All fear has a target – yep, we’ll teach you how to pinpoint it.
  • Dive Deep: Uncover the central fear at the core of all your anxiety.
  • Belief-Busting: Uncover the hidden beliefs beneath your fears and anxieties. Then DISCARD them.
  • Take Control: Really see how fear/anxiety isn’t something that happens to us; it’s something we do to protect and take care of ourselves.
  • Exit the Anxiety Society: How to cease obsessing about worst case scenarios.
  • Use the “Want Winner”: Focus on what you do want… instead of fearing what you don’t.
  • Quit the Questions: Once you learn to stop asking yourself fear-generating questions, you can dismantle fear before it starts.

Once you have dismantled your fear – and the stress and distress that go with it… YOU WILL HAVE CREATED SOLID GROUND. Join The Option Institute® for this Online Training Course LIVE via Zoom

Four LIVE Session via Zoom
October 14, 15, 17 & 18th, 2024
Live Session Times: 12pm – 2:00pm,
2:30pm – 4:30pm EST
Course Fee: $1000


Read Reviews

Fearless E-Learning course has provided me with the questions and tools I need to change my beliefs about how I judge the interactions I have with friends and family. I have been choosing unhappiness as a motivation/protective stance for the past 50+ years. This course has enabled me to interact with others and myself from a position of happiness and “want” rather than from fear, unhappiness and “not want”. I look forward to continuing this exploration process and the opportunity to choose happiness no matter what the situation is.

Mary Barrett

Retired Computer Programmer, California, USA

This beautiful experience of Fearless E-Learning course has given me the tools to accept and examine my fears, then find the beliefs behind those fears, and then change those beliefs to more happier and useful beliefs. I love being more loving with others and myself. Thanks for the wonderful class.

Sandra Ricks

Caregiver/Health Coach, Idaho, USA

Fearless E-Learning Course was a joy to attend. It has helped me transform my fearful beliefs into a fearless attitude. Through the teaching of easy-to-use tools I decide my moment-to-moment experience of whatever shows up in my life, imagined or otherwise.

Carmel Privitera

Psychologist, Australia

Taking the Fearless E-Learning Course via Zoom was in every way as empowering and beneficial as taking the Fearless on campus course many years ago. I wanted a gentle reminder of the core material. I got it in the Zoom version.

Andy Hueton

Self Employed, Canada

When I came to the Fearless program my self worth was at an all time low. I was able to rediscover how much I love myself. Fearless also let me see how I believe fear was controlling my life and how I was really in control of my fears. Although I may get scared again in my life, Fearless has given me the tools to dissect and get to the bottom of my fears. With that knowledge I can leave here believing I am truly fearless.

Sean Buxton

Financial Advisor, California

The Fearless weeklong program has been the most effective experience of my life. It has assisted me in turning my knowledge into wisdom, making it practical and allowing me to rise above my fears.

Ray Zwack

Business Executive, Minnesota

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The Option Institute and its teachers have had the honor to present programs (during the last four decades) that explore the attitudes and beliefs we have (and may want to change) and to help program participants find their own answers to questions about relationships, careers, family challenges and health issues. Our new program, Health & Healing: Navigating Life’s Health Challenges (formerly '5 Days to Live') , focuses on navigating significant health challenges and decision-making with greater ease, clarity, and clear purpose.

We are not a medical facility and we do not dispense any medical advice. We have and would always guide our program participants, to consult with their doctors, healthcare providers, and family members in making medical decisions for themselves and those they love. Neither Mass General Hospital nor any member of its medical staff endorses any program being offered by the Option Institute and its teachers.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

Please note, this is a per-person registration



PRE-REQUISITES for attending Advanced Power Dialogues are:

  • Completion of The Option Institute’s PowerDialogues program.
  • If it’s been more than 5 years since you attended PowerDialogues, please call 413-229-2100 to discuss options.

NOTE: Attendance of live sessions via Zoom are required to complete this course.

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Dear Donor,

Jeannie Reid was searching for answers to the challenges she and her family were facing. Jeannie and her husband Stuart’s son, Carson, had been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the Autism spectrum. For Carson that meant being completely involved in obsessive behaviors and only using minimal words to identify objects, as well as frequently and completely melting down.

Soon after, Jeannie found the book, “Son-Rise: The Miracle Continues” and when she read it, she KNEW she had found what she was looking for. She began using some of the Son-Rise techniques described in the book on her own until she was able to come to The Autism Treatment Center of America for the Son-Rise Program Start-Up. As she put into practice what she learned there, Carson’s world was opening up. Today Carson is attending a Montessori school as a 'typical' student and functioning at or above typical grade level, being fully verbal and conversational, and very interested in learning about the world and interacting as much as possible with other people. He is even taking swim lessons at the local YMCA and doing great!

“It has been wonderful to get, and stay connected with other people and Son-Rise parents from all over the world. My son’s progress had already come very far, but now I truly believe we can go all the way!”

Jeannie wrote.

Stuart Reid then attended the Empower Yourself course and brought home a new sense of clarity, balance and personal power. He shared his new empowerment with Jeannie and she in turn gained in confidence, strength and enthusiasm. Their own relationship began to flourish anew, as well. Life-altering changes were happening for Jeannie and her family.

Jeannie journeyed again to Sheffield, this time for the Fearless course at The Option Institute to help her recognize and overcome her personal obstacles. Jeannie wanted to continue her amazing journey as she had found using the techniques she learned in The Son-Rise Program and in Fearless had absolutely changed the lives of everyone in her family.

But, because the Reids’ finances had been seriously stretched by then, their next steps were put on hold. Then an amazing event changed everything. Jeannie’s college roommate and lifelong friend decided to start a Son-Rise Program scholarship fund for people from the Cleveland area. Since then Jeannie has been able to move ahead with her courses, taking Radical Authenticity, Son-Rise Maximum Impact and Son-Rise Wide Awake ... and eventually she became a Certified Group Facilitator.

Jeannie Reid’s story is about wanting BIG and making it happen. She is about to embark on her renewed private practice as an art therapist, and plans to be a super advocate for The Son-Rise Program in her area. Her wonderful new life is a product of her persistence and belief, and of the wheels she helped set in motion for others when her friends learned of how she and her family had been impacted by The Son-Rise Program.

“I know I will be able to give back by helping others, and that will be the top of my personal mountain! Thank you to everyone who donates! You are making a big difference in the world!

Jeannie Reid


Dear Donor

Two years ago, Antonio's kindergarten teacher told us something was not quite right with our little boy. He was not socializing, he somersaulted all the time and hardly spoke at all. At the time I was working for a municipality close to Florence, Italy and basically I had nothing left after seeing to basic necessities.

In the meantime, I looked up Autism with Google and as I was also looking for happiness and personal growth, I was guided to The Option Institute, thence the Autism Treatment Center of America. I read up as much as I could and started trying to apply the “Happiness is a Choice” suggestions. I'm not quite good at it but it has helped me with attitude, and everything else that seemed trying is really different after all this.

When I decided to come for The Son-Rise Program Start-Up, I really had little or no money to pay for it. I spoke to my friends, old and new. My mother helped me, friends I thought couldn't [help] tried their very best and the scholarship did the rest.

What the scholarship did was give a HUGE boost to my fundraising. About six friends contributed the rest, at the travel agency a very kind lady who I may now call a friend helped me some more. I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. Here I am, happy to have attended the Start-Up program and looking forward to learning more and praying to God for guidance.

So the gist of the matter is, I am a happy mum who hopes to implement a wonderful relationship with her child and is riding a not so easy moment with lots of hope in her heart and THANK YOU is not enough for what I feel. I still remember William's words, “If you do what you've always done, you will get what you've always got.” Now I'm trying to do different, bit by bit, day by day. I feel the difference already.

About Antonio ... we are going on with the Italian program and I play with Antonio after school in a quiet room in the house. Knowing what the little guy is exposed to (he's always putting his fingers in his ears and he seems to have problems with too much light in his eyes), I find him very brave as he bears it tolerably. Drums a lot to digest it all.

When we went to the doctor, just weeks after starting the program at home, she told me that she found him more attentive. His attention span has increased. He is also tagging or pulling at one's arm when looking for attention. The child psychologist last Saturday reported the same thing and what's more, my son has always required that I enter the room, hence assisting in every session. Well, this time he went in along with the doctor and told me, “See you later.”

At school, his teacher who speaks English as well, read up and watched my DVD (Kyle’s Journey, Jade and “I want my little boy back”). Now she's changing, bit by bit and I do appreciate that very much. He seems to be OK with her and actually sent me away from class this morning, again telling me, “See you later.”

He is now ONE HUGE GREENLIGHT and I'm hoping to be able to really have volunteers (still looking), raise funds and settle down to business.

God bless,



Dear Donor,

I am the mother of three children, all on the Autism Spectrum. Before I heard of the Son-Rise Program and the Option Institute, I was a desperate, angry and depressed person…. I was on Anti-depressants, sleeping multiple hours of the day, and for a period of time, using alcohol to run away from my pain.

Then I heard of the Son-Rise Program. I called to find out more about it and thought “this if for me!” But I could not afford it. You see raising one child with Autism is very expensive but raising three is just outrageously expensive with all the therapies and dietary interventions that we were doing.

But I was offered a full scholarship to the SRSU program. I have since attended all of the Son-Rise Programs and many of the Personal Growth programs offered by the Option Institute.  Each time I have been given a scholarship and each time I go I learn more about who I am and I change for the better each and every time.  Because of your most generous support, my children are recovering from Autism, I have found happiness in my life!  I am no longer on anti-depressants and I have so much more energy.

YOU are the reason that my family is in recovery. It is because of YOU that my oldest son now is enjoying school.  YOU are the reason my second son is speaking. YOU are the reason my daughter is no longer as rigid and controlling as she once was.  Thank you does not even begin to cover how much gratitude I have for you.  I thank God every day for you and I do not even know you.

Please know that you are changing lives with your donation to ATCA and the OI.  It is because of you that every day people are getting the help that they need. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With so much love,

Kerry Rihtar