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Dealing with Anxiety & Panic Attacks !


I am assuming that you’re reading this page because you, or someone close to you, is suffering from some sort of anxiety-based problem. It may be the first time that you’ve decided to seek help with this problem. If it is, then let me say “well done”, for this is the first step in your recovery.  


Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear that is a normal response to a range of different situations. It can affect your mental health when you feel anxious every day and can’t remember when you last felt relaxed.

Counselling can help you explore the cause of these feelings, understand them and suggest ways of dealings with situations.

Panic & Anxiety Problems

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety stems from our ‘flight or fight’ response. This happens when our body feels as if it’s in danger.


The fight or flight response is an automatic reaction which we have no control over. Our bodies release hormones, such as adrenaline to make us more alert. Normally when the threat has  

Understanding Anxiety


Our struggles with anxiety very often stem from how we learned to manage life’s challenges as children. If you grew up with a parent who struggled with their mental health, or you had a difficult upbringing which may have caused trauma, it can have a huge long-term effect on your mental health.


There are five main types of anxiety disorders:


Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves persistent and excessive anxiety, including worrying about future events. Even routine activities can bring about worry that is out of proportion compared to the actual event. The worry can be difficult to control and can manifest physical symptoms.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) includes recurrent and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviours or rituals such as excessive handwashing, cleaning, or checking, are performed with the thought that carrying them out will prevent these obsessive thoughts or make them go away. Performing these rituals, however, typically only provides temporary relief, and not being able to perform them results in dramatically increased feelings of anxiety.


Panic Disorder is the experience of unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear. This fear can also accompany physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, abdominal distress, or heart palpitations.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after exposure to a terrifying event where serious harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events known to trigger PTSD include violent assaults, accidents, military combat, and disasters.


Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) can present in various social circumstances. It is the overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness that can occur in occasional or everyday social situations. In the most severe social phobias, a person may experience extreme anxiety almost every time they are around other people.

Don’t ever let yourself think that your situation is different to others and that you’ll never find relief.


You’re not on your own. I have worked with so many people during my work as a Psychotherapist that I know without question that it’s simply not true. No matter how bad you feel, how long you’ve been suffering, whatever your circumstances, you will be able to stop these symptoms!

Celebrities Reported To Have Had Panic Attacks


Carly Simon (singer), Aretha Franklin (singer), Lani O'Grady (actress), Michael English (singer),  Sir Laurence Olivier (actor),  Earl Campbell (football),  Al Kasha (songwriter), Emily Dickinson (poet), Marty Ingels (comedian),  Nicholas Cage (actor), Roseanne Barr (comedian),  Michael Jackson (singer),  Naomi Judd (singer), Susan Powter (tv host), John Madden (announcer),  Leila Kenzle (actress), Sissy Spacek (actress), Johnny Depp (actor),  Sally Field (actress), Shecky Greene (comedian), Alanis Morisette (singer),  Burt Reynolds (actor), Kim Basinger (actress),  Olivia Hussey (actress), Oprah Winfrey (host), Tom Snyder (host), John Candy (comedian),  Sam Shepard (playwright),  osaac Asimov (author), Charles Schultz (cartoonist), Dean Cain (actor),  Barbra Streisand (singer), Anne Tyler (author),  James Garner (actor),  Jim Eisenreich (baseball), Pete Harnisch (baseball),  Courtney Love (singer), Naomi Campbell (model), David Bowie (singer),  Nikola Tesla (inventor),  Charlotte Bronte (author), Alfred Lord Tennyson (poet),  Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist),  John Steinbeck (author), W.B. Yeats (poet), Sir Isaac Newton (scientist), Abraham Lincoln (president), Barbara Gordon (filmmaker),  Robert Burns (poet), Edvard Munch (artist),  John Stuart Mill (philosopher),  Calista Flockhart (actress), and Delta Burke (actress).

Treatment Options for Anxiety


There are many treatment options for anxiety therapy, and I use evidence-based treatment options for anxiety to help you feel better and conquer your anxiety disorder. Treatment options offered include:



I tailor my therapeutic approach for each client to choose an approach to treatment based on the individual needs and goals and create a custom treatment. Treatment options for anxiety may incorporate anxiety therapy, medication, and neurofeedback.


Individuals who commit to anxiety therapy experience positive results and learn coping skills and strategies to help them manage their anxiety symptoms and more easily navigate life’s challenges.

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Understanding Anxiety


Our struggles with anxiety very often stem from how we learned to manage life’s challenges as children. If you grew up with a parent who struggled with their mental health, or you had a difficult upbringing which may have caused trauma, it can have a huge long-term effect on your mental health.


There are five main types of anxiety disorders:


Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves persistent and excessive anxiety, including worrying about future events. Even routine activities can bring about worry that is out of proportion compared to the actual event. The worry can be difficult to control and can manifest physical symptoms.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) includes recurrent and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviours or rituals such as excessive handwashing, cleaning, or checking, are performed with the thought that carrying them out will prevent these obsessive thoughts or make them go away. Performing these rituals, however, typically only provides temporary relief, and not being able to perform them results in dramatically increased feelings of anxiety.


Panic Disorder is the experience of unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear. This fear can also accompany physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, abdominal distress, or heart palpitations.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops after exposure to a terrifying event where serious harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events known to trigger PTSD include violent assaults, accidents, military combat, and disasters.


Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) can present in various social circumstances. It is the overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness that can occur in occasional or everyday social situations. In the most severe social phobias, a person may experience extreme anxiety almost every time they are around other people.

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Do You Recognise Any of The Following Symptoms?


“Numbness in my hands and then this feeling that I couldn’t breathe. A feeling that I was going to have a heart attack and a dryness in my mouth. Hearing my heart going; palpitations and an overwhelming fear that I was going to have a heart attack and die.”


“I’d wake up and within moments there would be this awful sense of impending doom which often turned into an overwhelming feeling of fear, terror and apprehension.”


“I was scared to leave the house.”


These are just some of the symptoms that are very common.

Helping You To Help Yourself

Hear more about panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. Just click on the screen below:

gone our body triggers different chemicals to help us relax. We will calm down after the adrenaline rush.


However, with the anxiety fight or flight response, this tends not to happen. We habitually read fearful situations as if they are dangerous. We think there’s a danger, but there’s not. That’s when we become anxious.


Part of our human response is problem solving. We want to know what we need to do to stop the situation that’s making us anxious. But actually our anxiety builds up even more. Different people can react differently to different situations. One person may get anxious because they think their boss has given them a funny look. But another person wouldn’t be bothered by it.


Talking to a counsellor can help you understand what particular situations in your life are causing your anxiety. People can also become anxious about their anxieties, for example the anxiety someone faces ahead of travelling on a London underground train at rush hour, because they know that being on the crowded train makes them feel anxious.

What are clients saying about my method to relieve anxiety problems?

Below is an extract from a recent letter:

“I just wanted to say that the help that you gave me has completely changed my life. I feel that I am now the person that I should have been years ago and that I am finally in charge of my own destiny!”

- Sam (Brixham)