People often experience physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms when they feel anxious or stressed. Hear directly from a client how this therapy can help.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal, but unpleasant, part of life, and it can affect us all in different ways, and at different times. Whereas stress is something that will come and go as the external factor causing it comes and go, such as a work situation, a relationship or money problems for example.
Anxiety is something that can persist whether or not the cause is clear to the sufferer.
Anxiety can make a person imagine that things in their life are worse than they really are, and it can spread, so that it ends up impacting on all areas of someone's life. Often they will think they are going mad, or that some psychological imbalance is at the heart of their issue.
What is important is the recognition that Anxiety is normal and exists due to a set of bodily functions that have existed in us from our
caveman days. Back then, we were equipped with an internal alarm system designed to protect us from the dangers surrounding us in the wild. This system would make us hyper-alert by giving us a boost of adrenaline that would increase the heart rate and boost the amount of oxygen going to our limbs so we were better able to fight or run from danger.
This is known as the “fight or flight” response. The “butterflies in the stomach” feeling that many associate with anxiety is this mechanism kicking in, but instead of being used to avoid immediate danger, it is often wrongly and inappropriately activated in a person during normal, everyday situations when stress has built up, often unknowingly.
Some people have a very identifiable cause for their anxiety. It can be caused by a traumatic incident, or someone experiencing a significant life event, like moving house, getting divorced, having surgery. However, some people don’t have an identifiable cause, or at least they are not aware of what is causing it.
Some of the most common anxiety is health anxiety. This can be exhausting, and very distressing as someone consistently feels that there is something wrong with them. Having Health Anxiety can mean you start to worry that a headache is a brain tumour and any pain means that there is something seriously wrong with them.
Sarah Steventon is one of the very few Psychotherapist in the UK who is also a member of the British Brain Brain Working Research Society (BBRS), which is the registering and accrediting body in existence solely for the newer style of fast acting therapies based on neuroscience, and specialises in treating Anxiety.
Am I having a Panic Attack?
Have I got Anxiety? What is an Anxiety attack?
As a psychotherapist that specialises in anxiety, these are two of the questions I get asked the most. Some of the common physical symptoms of anxiety are:
Increased heart rate
Increased muscle tension
Tingling in the hands and feet
Hyperventilation (over breathing)
Difficulty in breathing
Wanting to use the toilet more often
Tight band across the chest area
You may on occasion experience a panic attack - which can feel like any of the following:
Thinking that you may lose control and/or go “mad”
Thinking that you might die
Thinking that you may have a heart attack
Feel sick and like you might faint
Feeling that people are looking at you and observing your anxiety
Feeling as though things are speeding up/slowing down
Feeling detached from your environment and the people in it
Feeling like wanting to run away/escape from the situation
Feeling on edge and alert to everything around you
Unfortunately, once you have one panic attack, it can then produce a run of them, just because of how the brain works, however the good news is Panic Attacks can be sorted out fairly simply.
Sarah Steventon is one of the few Psychotherapists in the UK that specialise in Anxiety. 'Anxiety is not something you should have to manage - so this is not 'anxiety management'. I am able to work with my clients to actually alleviate the anxiety, and stop it in it's tracks.
She is experienced in dealing with clients experiencing panic attacks along with all other Anxiety conditions, such as:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Post Natal Depression/Anxiety
Phobias of any kind including Agoraphobia, Claustrphobia, Fear of Flying, Fear of public speaking
Health Anxiety - constantly worrying you have something wrong with you
Social Phobia/Social Anxiety
Anxiety medication can actually sometimes exacerbate the symptoms.
Sarah works with some of the most successful and proven methods to deal with all types of anxiety behaviour, ranging from unpleasant feelings to full blown panic attacks, and unnecessary worrying to over-thinking.
In keeping with the most recent findings in neuroscience, the latest therapy BWRT® can help to resolve your anxiety.
If you are suffering with Anxiety, please get in touch by completing your details on the contact page and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Sarah works from both her consulting room in Warwick and her Harley Street practice in London.
Anxiety Treatment / Anxiety Therapist / Generalised Anxiety Disorder
What can cause Anxiety?
Anxiety problems arise because of chronic levels of stress. Stress is any pressure or accumulation of pressures - physical or psychological, that becomes too much for a person to cope with comfortably, so it is really what any person perceives as stress for them as an individual, so of course this will vary from person to person.
The right amount of stress can actually be a positive experience, which may sound strange at first, but it can help to push us, challenge us, motivate us, help us to stay focussed and it can even energise us.
However, different amounts of stress affect people differently, and when stress takes it toll, it can affect many different areas of your life. Whether it be relationships, mood, health, productivity or your ability to focus on things, even daily life can seem difficult when we are overly stressed.
Often, it is the situations to which we are committed and have no real control which cause us the most difficulty with anxiety – public speaking, leading team meetings, face to face sales or a big pitch to a client are all typical examples of situations in which we feel trapped and unable to take control.
The physical response of stress is a very normal one, and it is our defence mechanism which is intending to protect us from harm, but often too much stress can tip us over into what we call ‘survival mode’, which in turn can trigger our fight or flight response.
Work deadlines, a difficult boss, being stuck in a traffic jam, or missing one of your children's school events, are all very stressful, but unfortunately the part of our brain which gives the direction to set off the 'fight and flight' response, is not able to distinguish between events like this, and those that really are life threatening.
If you are suffering with anxiety you will know all about the fight or flight response, and if you don’t, you can be sure that you have experienced it first-hand. Some common effects of the fight or flight response are, butterflies in the stomach, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, shaking of limbs, palpitations.
People will respond to stress in different ways, and it can manifest itself in different ways too, which can be in the form of an anxiety disorder.
Unfortunately when it comes to the treatment of anxiety, your GP is only able to offer you medication or suggest you might wish to go on a waiting list for CBT - which stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Unfortunately CBT as a treatment for anxiety can sometimes help a little, but often doesn't resolve or stop the anxiety altogether, and for some it has no effect whatsoever.
Sarah uses the latest cutting edge techniques that work to neutralise your anxiety so that you start to feel better in an relatively quick timeframe.
Anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways, so you may be suffering with Generalised anxiety Disorder (GAD) - which can have lots of psychological and physical symptoms. Or you maybe having panic attacks and been told you have 'Panic disorder'.
Phobias are actually a form of anxiety, or an anxiety disorder, which might seem strange, but its true. Phobias can actually be dealt with very quickly and effectively with some very clever techniques.
One of the most debilitating forms of Anxiety is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD for short, which can completely take over your life.
At the extreme end, constant high levels of arousal are generated by post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be a truly terrifying experience - however this can be resolved, both safely and quickly.
PTSD doesn't just affect people who have served in the military, or worked in the forces - PTSD can be brought on by any trauma that is experienced.
Someone with PTSD may be very anxious and find it difficult to relax. They may be constantly aware of threats and easily startled.
This state of mind is known as hyperarousal.
Hyperarousal often leads to:
sleeping problems (insomnia)
Often when people experience or appear to show anger, it is actually because they are feeling fear or they perceive a threat, and they're responding with a 'fight' response to this. The anger is caused by the survival mechanism, they are firing into the 'fight' part of the 'fight and flight' response.
Anger is dealt with in the same way in which we deal with anxiety. We need to resolve and deal with the trauma
Resolving trauma of any kind, including abuse, whether sexual, physical, or emotional, or a trauma from an accident or an attack can be done just as effectively.
All of these events can be worked on without the need to actually disclose what the events was. The work can be done without the need to go over the event or events again - which means there is no need to talk about the detail. It is an extremely fast, effective way to help clients who are experiencing any kind of psychological distress.
If you are suffering from stress, or feel you maybe experiencing anxiety or having panic attacks, or dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder known as OCD, Anger issues, Depression or Trauma - Sarah Steventon is an Anxiety Specialist. She is a Psychotherapist and a BWRT Therapist, and has a wealth of experience which means she is able to work with you in a unique way to help resolve your issue and fast.
Sarah sees clients on a one-to-one basis at her Specialist Anxiety Clinic in Warwick. Her consulting room is ideally placed to serve clients across the whole of the Warwickshire area.
Leamington Spa - Warwick - Stratford Upon Avon - Solihull
Anger can be split into categories.
Chronic anger, which is prolonged, and can impact the immune system.
Passive anger, which doesn’t always come across as anger and can be difficult to identify
Overwhelmed anger, which is caused by life demands that are too much for an individual to cope with.
Self-inflicted anger, which is directed toward the self and may be caused by feelings of guilt
Judgmental anger, which is directed toward others and may come with feelings of resentment
Volatile anger, which involves sometimes-spontaneous bouts of excessive or violent anger
Regardless of what you are experiencing, this is something that can be dealt with and resolved.
Teenage Anxiety - Exam performance - Exam Nerves
Teenage anxiety is unfortunately now an extremely common place.
The stress that children and teenagers suffer when at school or college, especially when preparing and taking exams can be overwhelming.
"Anxiety, unfortunately, can start to have a huge impact on their performance, purely due to the way the brain works. The 'fight and flight response' actually creates a
It is extremely rewarding to hear how well they have performed and the improvement they have seen in their grades.....the exam results speak for themselves."
Exam nerves are similar to those experienced by people undergoing job interviews, sporting or artistic performances and the like, and as with any kind of pressure, stress and nerves can get in the way of a good performance.
Once a certain level of stress is reached, the fight-or-flight response comes into play, adrenaline and cortisol are released, and this is where the problems start.
This is the body's survival mechanism kicking in - and although a very clever system, which is useful to keep you safe and make sure you react instantly by stopping your logical brain overthinking a situation, which can save your life.....but it also means you don't have access to your logical brain when you need it.....so all the hard work and revision can go out the window!
Sometimes I see a children and teenagers with anxiety that is specific to school work or just for exam. This can be very simple to sort out and one visit is all they need. However it soon becomes clear that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are much deeper issues going on.
The start of teenage anxiety, can be triggered by a number of problems. Bullying is something that happens to so many young people, especially from social media.
Bullying is something that creates huge amounts of stress. Whether they are threatened, cyberbullied, or experience name-calling, these types of bullying have a lasting impact, and prolonged exposure can lead to anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and in some instances create eating disorders, self harming, and eventually turning into depression.
Teenage anxiety, can also often start with a trauma which can be something such as their parents splitting up. Even if the situation has been handled carefully by the parents, and they have done a brilliant job or making sure the children still feel loved, and safe, the brain can sometimes unfortunately pick up on the situation as a threat to them, and their circumstances. It can also often not start immediately, and therefore the connection isn't made to what caused the anxiety.
As a Psychotherapist Sarah is able to work with all issues, and is experienced in dealing with every situation. By the end of session one she will have a full understanding what is going on, and from that be able to formulate the most effective session plan to alleviate the feelings being experienced which will include dealing with any previous trauma.
Using the latest psychotherapy technique BWRT, which uses the latest thinking on neuroscience techniques to retrain the brain, involving a “powerful” method to stop a reaction to things that trigger the issue - the client choosing a preferred feeling to replace the ‘bad’ feeling.
It is easy to use, and doesn't require the person to re-live or go over any details - they can simply just decide how they want to feel in any situation. Teenagers love the method as it is so simple and quite fun to do.
Fear of public speaking is the number one fear in the UK
Sarah is a phobia expert. Sometimes only one visit is all that is needed to resolve a simple phobia.
A specific phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. ... Although people with specific phobias realise their fear is irrational, the thought of these fear alone is often enough to cause tremendous, debilitating anxiety.
The number one phobia in the UK is fear of public speaking, or performance anxiety.
"One of the most common issues I deal with is the fear of doing presentations or having to stand up, or in fact sit down and talk to a group of people, which can sometimes constitute any number more than a couple of people - essentially any time when there is a focus on the individual. This is a phobia that can easily be resolved, often in just one visit.
This isn't specific to junior roles. I have helped many Managing Directors, Chief Execs, and business owners, who have either always had a fear of public speaking or have bee fine for a long time and all of a sudden they are finding themselves feeling nervous of speaking in front of people.
BWRT or Brain Working Recursive Therapy, works on the hind brain, the part of the brain that controls the fight or flight response we experience when exposed to danger.
This part of the brain controls systems that don’t require conscious thought such as breathing, perspiration, heart rate and liver and kidney function as well as the hormone system.
When the area of the brain recognises a pattern such as a fear or phobia it automatically prompts the release of hormones such as adrenaline when the trigger is encountered.
During the process the client is helped to create an artificial freeze response which a really interesting technique. This stops the fear response in its tracks, by repeating the freezing action.
It’s extremely popular with clients because their is no need to have to expose themselves to the subject of their fear as they do in other psychological therapies.
With a fear of public speaking or any other simple phobia this style of therapy can resolve the issue in one visit.
Brain Working Recursive Therapy or BWRT as it is known, works because the hind brain doesn’t differentiate between reality and imagination, so its reaction can be reprogrammed.
Around 200 therapists are trained in the technique in the UK, and it is fast becoming the leading therapy for phobias because it is so effective.
It can be used for various sources of anxiety including a fear of medical and dental procedures, or stress reactions from past traumas.
The advantages are that it doesn’t require a lengthy course of treatment like some psychological therapies, so it is extremely cost effective.
Sarah works from her consulting rooms in Warwick and Harley Street in London.
Anxiety Clinic - Warwickshire Anxiety Specialist - Leamington Spa -
Brain Working Recursive Therapy BWRT
What is BWRT?
BWRT® stands for ‘BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®’, a model of psychology and psychotherapy.
It is a totally confidential method that does not require you to reveal your private information or personal secrets to your therapist and it is carried out in a completely conscious state.
It does not use hypnosis or any concepts that might be considered mystical or unscientific – it is completely logical, practical and down-to-earth, and for it to succeed only needs you to know what you want to change in your life.
People love BWRT® because it’s so fast – often achieving outstanding results in a single session – and has remarkable success with all kinds of issues, including fears, phobias and all types of anxiety.
It also answers many troubling questions, such as:
Why do I behave like that?
Why can’t I help myself?
Will I have to be like this forever?
" I use Brain Working Recursive Therapy or BWRT as it is known, is a new model of psychotherapy which meets the demand for fast therapy. Other methods of therapy, where people are encouraged to talk about their problems week after week, can just take too long see any change and to help someone to start feeling better.
BWRT is solution-focused therapy, and it means I can get straight to work – whether it’s a fear or phobia, anxiety or panic attacks, or even performance coaching – I can help someone find success in a rapid time-frame.”