Stress Management

Stress and Anxiety: Mastering Strong Emotions for…

Us Regular Folks | …Professionals | …Managers || Speaker’s Bio

Jonathan Sherman, LMFT, a.k.a. “The Stress-Buster” is a relationship strategist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and national speaker. Whether you are seeking skills to cool professional burn-out, bring balance to your personal and family life, or to more effectively help your clients, this workshop is packed with real-life practical strategies you can begin using today. Come and learn the “Top Stress-Busting Tips from the Trenches” that his clients around the country have used to “Transform stress into success!” Jonathan’s Stress-Busters are based only in the best research- and evidence-based approaches combined with real life practical experience so that you walk away from this workshop with the strategies and mindsets that really work.





Technology Law Center Building
3290 W. Mayflower Way
Lehi, Utah 84043
(Conveniently located just north of Thanksgiving Point—only 30 minutes from either downtown Salt Lake City or downtown Provo)



Purchase Your Tickets: Ticket purchase link will be posted 1-2 weeks prior to event.

Full Price Day of Event
Individual Ticket: $20
Couples Ticket: $30
NEW! Vidcast Ticket $20  YES! You can NOW attend Jonathan’s local workshops via vidcast even if you live elsewhere! Instructions on how to attend and download your workbook will be printed on your ticket.

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Individual Ticket: $16
Couples Ticket: $24
Vidcast Ticket: $16
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(Insider’s secret: Jonathan will let you and a friend come together using the Couples Ticket even if you aren’t a couple. Gee, what a swell fella that Jonathan is!)

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In this workshop, you will:

  1. Understand the neuroscience and physiology of stress as the foundation for approaching stress management;
  2. Learn powerful, in-the-moment techniques (including Jonathan’s list of 299 “stress-busters”), that are easily taught to clients, for reducing stress and improving resilience in the “heat of the battle”;
  3. Practice skills which help reduce the impact of stress and anxiety and improve overall well-being.
  4. Learn how to identify, understand the core messages, and use the generally unknown positive aspects of anxiety, depression and anger.

“Busting Stress, Cooling Burn-out, and Thriving as a Professional”

This popular stress-busting workshop is designed specifically for healthcare, behavioral health and service professionals.

Stress Management for Managers

As if dealing with your own personal stress isn’t enough, when you are a manager you are dealing on some level or another everyone else’s stress, too. This workshop will address how managers can learn to use project and team stress rather than just feel used by it.

Speaker Bio: Jonathan D. Sherman, LMFT

Jonathan D. Sherman, LMFT is a relationship strategist, national speaker, consultant and all around swell-fella. He specializes in “creating GREATness in relationships” collaboratively with his clients through self-mastery, marriage transformation and parent training. He is a sought-after speaker and trainer known for his fun, upbeat, and informative presentations.

As a marriage and family therapist he has learned how to leverage his systemic training into helping people create systems and relationships on both the micro (individual, couple and family) and macro (organization and corporate) levels that quite simply rock.

On the micro level, Jonathan is continually looking to extend the influence of our field and expand how people can be reached beyond the limits of managed care. He loves to coach professionals in creating a thriving private practice and he works with clients locally and internationally through in-person, telephone and video means of communication. He is happy to say he has “never messed with, and never missed, insurance.”

On the macro level, he has provided stress-management, conflict resolution and team-development consultation and training for groups as small as local churches and schools and as large as government agencies and corporations, most notably FedEx. He consults with companies on creating workplace cultures that foster high employee engagement and tremendous customer satisfaction, which, of course, translates into a happy bottom line for the company.

He is married to a lovely and skilled husband trainer who has truly earned her keep. They live in eternal bliss (okay, fairly peaceably) with their four children in the Rocky Mountains of Utah. You may reach him directly at 801.787.8014, or He’d love to hear from you.


“Your name has been recommended several times as a desired presenter at our Fall Conference. We’d love to have you present a workshop and are eager to hear if you’re available and willing.  I am interested in learning about any new presentations you have added to your repertoire and/or ideas you might have.”

—Sonja Wicks, VMH HRValley Mental Health Human Resources

See many more testimonials from workshop participants here


Evaluation Results

I don’t filter my evaluation results I give them here as straight as I get them. I figure if you’re making the important decision to select the right speaker for your group is it better to just get filtered positive only testimonials about a potential speaker or to know how people respond to the speaker including both those who loved it and didn’t? So if someone thought I stunk you’ll hear it here first. Obviously, I don’t try to make everyone happy. Part of my utility is to get people out of their comfort zones. If the majority love an approach I use in a seminar I’ll continue those items that resonate with most. If the majority hate an approach I’ll drop it. If one or two people don’t like what the majority love, then I don’t give much heed to those critiques, of course. However, I appreciate all feedback, which is one of the reasons my evaluation results are consistently high: My audiences teach me what they like and what works best for them and I listen.

My evaluation form contains the following items:

  • 1-10 Rating: “Please rate your overall experience of this presentation”
Horrid/Very Poor Poor Fair Good Very Good/Excellent
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  • The Good: “What was brilliant, superb, exhilarating, life-altering, or opened the heavens for you? In short, what did you like about the presentation?
  • One Thing: “What’s one thing that you plan on using and/or implementing into your life from this presentation?” This tells me out of everything what was the one thing that had the most meaningful impact.
  • The Bad: “What stunk, turned your stomach, gave you a headache, made  you dizzy, or gave you gas? In short, what didn’t you like that could be improved and/or what would you like to see covered that wasn’t? (Go ahead, I can take it!)”
  • Requested eZine: This is actually also an evaluation measure: You’d think that someone who would give a lower rating didn’t like the presentation. However, while it may not have been the favorite for that person, they got enough out of it that they would like to receive emails containing articles, tips, strategies and events on these topics from me.

Event: Utah Home Education Association 33rd Annual Conference
Date: 6.15.13
Attendance: 30 approx.
Number of Evals Returned: 14
Average Rating for this Event: 9.2/10

Rating The Good One Thing Different The Bad eZine?
10 Everything was excellent. So much to work on. Accepting my emotions and learning from them. Y
10 Slow down and listen to your emotions such as depression and anxiety. Laughter and tears physiology. Too short! It was getting so good! Y
10 Y
10 Loved it all. Engaging. New ideas. Easy to understand. Wanted more. Y
10 Y
10 I like the new way of looking at the strong emotions that are normally viewed as just ‘negative’ or ‘bad.’ Paying attention at the first sign. Y
10 –Y
9 Thanks!!! I enjoyed the idea that we need to treat ourselves with dignity and respect because we are people, too. ‘See the universe in a leaf’ mindfulness meditation. Imagining my stress as an ocean and trying to surf stress with skill rather than drown. A little bit of a slow start, I liked the material later in the lecture. Y
9 Well prepared. Breathing method, being a friend to yourself in how you act and talk. Wish we had more examples of dealing with stress as parents at home. Y
9 Learning that tears and laughter are similar chemically and physiologically. Your examples. Learning about depression. Practice more stress-busters. Y
9 Very engaging and informative and FUN! I loved the surfing analogy. Not pushing unwanted emotion away, or pushing past it, but ‘riding’ with it. Y
8 A lot of concepts to fit into one hour, but good. Could definitely use more time. Plan on using the 300 Stress Busters. Y
8 Good ideas, made the point move forward. felt rushed in one way and slow in others. Y
7 Very logical and great examples. Good use of humor. I’m not exactly sure what I learned? What was the main idea?

Event: Pleasant Grove Ward
Date: 4-28-13
Attendance: 100 approx.
Number of Evals Returned: 44
Average Rating for this Event: 9.2/10

Rating The Good One Thing Different The Bad eZine?
10 Good humor, great information. Breathing and thinking skills
10 Stories and the slides. The religious tie-ins. The humour things and keeping it light. Ran of time. Wanted more! Y
10 There are many suffering and getting help is a practical answer. Thank you for your time! Deep breathing method. I wanted to hear more! Y
10 I love the outlook you have and how you made me feel like I’m important and not the only one feeling this. Loved it! Look at my feelings like warnings. Help them and work through them instead of shoving them aside and avoiding them. Y
10 ‘Seeing the universe in a leaf’ meditation and your ‘MoBu’-ness :-). I appreciated the Eastern perspective on stress. Listen to myself and using anxiety for my benefit vs. as ‘the enemy’. Wish we had more time. Have him come back so we can cover even more. Y
10 Everything. Loved it all. Y
10 How simple things can be.
10 I SO related to everything! Living ‘in the now.’ ‘Now is the time to sleep.’ The ‘tomorrow thoughts’ journal by bedside. Y
10 Describing the feelings of depression and anxiety. All that was said related to me exactly. I knew that you knew what you were talking about. Telling my emotions ‘thanks for coming’ and welcoming them vs. dismissing depressing feelings or anxiety as ‘bad.’ Y
10 Universe in a leaf. Living in the now. Focusing on today and doing what I can now despite circumstances. Nothing. Thank you! Y
10 Loved this presentation. Wish we could do this over a 2-3 week period and cover it in depth–it’s so much to take in in one sitting. Give more examples about actual people. HOW exactly can you help someone who is suicidal? RESPONSE BY JONATHAN: This is such a good point and deserves a workshop just on this one topic alone. However, I did address at the beginning in some depth the importance of: 1. Encourage the person to talk about how they are feeling suicidal; 2. Don’t give them ‘pat’ answers; 3. Don’t try to immediately talk them out of it, but instead seek to understand them; 4. Reach out for help—don’t try to do this on your own—with professionals such as therapists, hospitals and 911.
10 Loved the Atonement message how Christ did what he did on the chance that MAYBE we would follow his plan–that we are so worthwhile that we were worth it even on the just the chance alone. Very powerful to WANT to believe in it. And I loved your, ‘MAN…! Let’s go laugh!’ ;-) When I don’t do ‘good enough’ I won’t beat myself up. I will remind myself that ‘Jesus Christ understands me!’ I will be OK. Y
10 Helpful and very practical. Real skills. Visceral. Going to go through workbook. Nothing. it was great! Y
10 Y
10 Funny, understanding, great lesson. Breathing method when things go wrong. Nothing was bad about it. :-)
10 How dealing with past, present and future. Anxiety and depression are friends I can use with wisdom as I listen to my body. Speaking The TRUTH vs. The LIE to myself. Y
10 THANK YOU!!! This presentation was AWESOME! Keep up the good work! Y
9 The emotions discussed are good things when viewed properly. Y
9 Information was great and helpful. The stories helped relate. Gain control and not feel overwhelmed. Useful tools. Great presentation–confident and bold. 1. ‘Satan worshipping’ by believing and repeating the LIES. Don’t do it. 2. Using the PDF workbook.
9 Self-evaluation. TRUTH vs. The LIE.
9 Depression management. Y
9 I liked that he was talking directly to me it felt. Very personable and relatable. ‘Count your many blessings’ as a mindfulness exercise. Nothing Y
9 Stress is a natural part of life. It was full of facts and not just ideas. Dealing with problems. They aren’t bad. We weren’t able to cover some of the material. Y
9 My favorite part was talking about living in the moment. ‘Seeing the universe in a leaf’ and the feelings meditation. I wish it could’ve gone longer and I wish you had explained more about anxiety. Y
9 Wow! I think I might be able to sleep better! Treating my anxiety. Nothing–I just wish it could have gone longer. Y
9 Negative self-talk is obeying Satan, not God. It’s okay to cry. Y
9 The way that anger and depression were acknowledged–given a place so it could be dealt with. Self-talking oneself back to sleep! I loved that!. Nothing. Y
9 I liked the quotes and references given. I also liked how you related to everyone. The tips and how to relieve my thoughts. Nothing!
9 Good strategies. Useful techniques. Breathing. Tell yourself, ‘I’m sleeping now.’ None. Y
9 It felt like he was talking directly to me. He was very good and inspiring. Counting all of my many blessings. Nothing. Y
9 The information was great. I could listen to you for several more hours… or even longer! :-) I want to implement the 10 Steps in my own life because much of it applies to me at this point in my life. I truly needed your information! :-). I only wish we would have had more time. Thank you for what you shared with me tonight. Y
9 The humor. Keeping it upbeat. Talking to us, not at us. Felt very personal. Deep breathing. So simple yet so effective. Y
9 Y
9 The things to do to calm myself. I liked that you made us laugh.
9 Great information. Thanks. I would like more things for parents or friends of people who might be suffering and how I can help them. Y
9 I like how we need to slow down and pay attention. Same Nothing
8 I like how you explained stuff and put it in our language so we could understand it. I liked the tips and suggestions you gave us. Thanks for the talk/tips on depression and suicide and how we can help others. I’m going to use breathing and calming my body when I’m stressed with schoolwork. Not really anything.
8 Being real about these strong emotions. Talking about their core message. The feelings meditation. Feeling and asking what do you need. Repeating, ‘I’m sleeping now.’ Seeing myself worthy of the Atonement. N/A. You’re awesome! Y
8 The link to the Gospel and spiritual elements. THe practical solutions you shared. It wasn’t just about theory. Coming to see you to really work on mastering depression. Y
8 I like the idea of the notebook next to my bed and telling me I can sleep.
8 Radical acceptance Y
8 I liked the choice about living in the now. Treating depression as a tool that helps us once we learn how to use it. see above Nothing. Loved the humor—add even more silly tests (like the head bang theory). Y
7 I would like more information on dealing with The TRUTH v. The LIE. Y
7 I really enjoyed how you made it entertaining. Everything that you said really just made a lot of sense and they were all things I had never thought about before. I loved the management skills and the knowledge that we need these emotions and how our body reacts to them tells us how we can deal with them. Nothing. They were all things I needed to hear and I am extremely glad to have learned.

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