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Need Help with Anxiety or Panic?



Using proven techniques (including C.P.T therapy) for overcoming anxiety. We can help you obtain relief from stress and panic attacks. Plus showing you how to overcome and manage your symptoms effectively and stop them ruining your life.

What are the Benefits of Therapy for Anxiety?

Working with a therapist will result in two major benefits: Firstly, you will no longer feel exhausted or debilitated by your symptoms of anxiety, stress or panic. Secondly, you can build a reliable tool kit to manage current and future stress situations effectively and confidently.


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Here are some of the ways that we can help you learn to become a more confident and happier person:


  • Learn what causes anxiety or panic and how to regain control
  • Discover how to identify anxiety or panic attack triggers and minimise their effect
  • Learn how to change automatic thought, behaviour and physical symptoms which feed anxiety cycles
  • Discover proven, effective panic prevention and removal strategies
  • Learn stress reduction techniques to reduce the physical side effects of anxiety or panic
  • Develop tailor-made coping strategies to manage stressful situations effectively
  • Build a set of tools and techniques to help you to effectively prevent or manage any future anxiety

Below are some of the common symptoms people experience when dealing with anxiety, stress or panic. Our CBT program can help you find relief and develop the skills you need to minimise these symptoms and cope confidently with the challenges you face.


Anxiety Symptoms We Can Help With

Learn what causes anxiety or panic and how to regain control


  • Sense of dread
  • Feeling constantly ‘on edge’
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Easily distracted
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness and tiredness
  • Pins and needles
  • Irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Heartburn
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Headaches
  • Painful or missed periods
  • Sleep problems

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a perfectly normal feeling that we all experience now and again. It’s the body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ internal alarm system to alert us to danger, which puts us into a state of apprehension or fear as a reaction to a perceived threat, situation or event. Healthy levels of anxiety can be a good thing in that it helps you stay alert and focused, motivates you to solve problems and spurs you into action.

While it’s normal to feel anxious when we face a challenging and stressful situation such as an exam, a job interview, it can be a problem when anxiety is activated during normal everyday situations. If you have overwhelming worries or fears – with or without foundation – that are preventing you from living your life to the full, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.



There are 5 commonly diagnosed anxiety disorders:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – Chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and fear even when there may be little or no apparent cause.
  • Panic Disorder – Unpredictable and repeated periods of intense fear, often with physical symptoms such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath or stomach pains.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Recurrent unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviours (compulsions) that are often performed repeatedly but only provide temporary relief.
  • Phobias – Overwhelming fear of something that is unlikely to be dangerous, and that may be triggered by certain objects or situations.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Strong feelings of anxiety that develop after exposure to a traumatic event in which serious physical harm was threatened or actually occurred.


When should I get help with my anxiety?

If you’re not sure whether your anxiety is normal or becoming an anxiety disorder, it might help to ask yourself these questions to get a clearer picture.

  • Are you regularly worried, tense and irritable or always on edge?
  • Is your anxiety affecting your work or relationships?
  • Do you suffer from irrational fears that just won’t go away or sense danger and catastrophe around every corner?
  • Do you feel that something bad will happen if you don’t do certain things in a particular way?
  • Do you routinely avoid everyday situations because you feel anxious about them?
  • Do you suffer from panic attacks with real physical symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath, nausea or stomach pains?
  • Do you drink more or use drugs to cope with your anxieties?

The old adage ‘Knowledge Is Power’ applies, learning all about Anxiety is central to recovery. Anxiety can be distressing and debilitating. It may contribute to loss of employment opportunities and difficulties in family and social relationships. If you have overwhelming worries or fears – with or without foundation – that are preventing you from living your life to the full, you may be suffering from an Anxiety disorder.

Recovery is possible with appropriate treatment with a trained Therapist. They can offer a range of Anxiety Management Techniques that can help you control your symptoms.

If you’re living with high levels of Stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional, mental equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life

Effective Stress Management helps you break the hold Stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive. Working with your Therapist, the ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun. Plus, the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.


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Email or phone 07794 371 390       Thank You.


Celia Milligan B.A. (Hons), V.T.C.T, MNFSH, CIM dip M, PTLLS.