47 episodes

Joshua is the author of best-selling books on anxiety, a previous sufferer and a qualified psychotherapist. Co-hosted by Canadian singer, producer, and amateur linguist Ella Jean, The Panic Pod is a discussion-based podcast offering bite-sized practical advice on managing anxiety. It is also an opportunity to illuminate what medical and academic spheres know about anxiety to discuss it in a way that you can take to the pub.

Joshua is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room.

Contact me: info@theschoolofanxiety.com

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

Joshua is the author of best-selling books on anxiety, a previous sufferer and a qualified psychotherapist. Co-hosted by Canadian singer, producer, and amateur linguist Ella Jean, The Panic Pod is a discussion-based podcast offering bite-sized practical advice on managing anxiety. It is also an opportunity to illuminate what medical and academic spheres know about anxiety to discuss it in a way that you can take to the pub.

Joshua is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room.

Contact me: info@theschoolofanxiety.com

    Rumination & Fear Of Going Crazy feat. Dr Dave Carbonell

    Rumination & Fear Of Going Crazy feat. Dr Dave Carbonell

    "We don't have to be in danger to feel afraid" - Dr. Dave Carbonell.

    We have a very exciting episode for you today on The Panic Pod, as I am joined by someone I hold in very high regard, Dr. Dave Carbonell.

    Dr. Dave and I cover two topics in this episode - rumination and the fear of going crazy. Dr. Carbonell offers some incredible insights that will resonate and benefit so many of my listeners. We touch on the truth behind anxiety, which is that we aren't often afraid of the trigger itself, we are actually afraid that our response to the trigger will be out of control and this is what truly scares us.

    Doctor Carbonell is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders as a therapist, author, and teacher. He offers exposure based treatment of fears and phobias in Chicago; is the author of four anxiety self help books; and teaches workshops for therapists who want to learn more about the treatment of anxiety disorders

    He is the author of four self-help books:  Panic Attacks Workbook (2004) and Fear of Flying Workbook (2017) are both published by Ulysses Press. The Worry Trick (2016) and Outsmart Your Anxious Brain (2020) are both published by New Harbinger.

    You can find out more about him on his website - www.anxietycoach.com

    Enjoy!

    • 36 min
    Language and Goals

    Language and Goals

    The language we use in anxious recovery is so important and yet it is one of the things I see clients not giving the attention it requires. The language you use to describe yourself in anxiety, or yourself during recovery, is so crucial to your progress because the brain is always listening.

    I often need to gently remind my clients to look at how they are speaking to themselves and ask them to reframe their words in a more positive and helpful way.

    One of the main pillars of my teaching is wilful tolerance. Recovery is the wilful tolerance of anxiety, and it's a skill that we must practice. If we constantly criticize the inevitable blips in the road, if we dismiss the small victories, we aren't giving ourselves the best possible support we can give.

    And so the language we use around our recovery is so important. And that is what this episode is dedicated to today.

    Please enjoy!

    • 26 min
    Dental Anxiety with Dr Niall Neeson "The Calming Dentist"

    Dental Anxiety with Dr Niall Neeson "The Calming Dentist"

    Dental anxiety is a big topic of conversation among The Panic Pod and School of Anxiety community, and for understandable reasons.

    Today on the Panic Pod we are joined by guest expert, Dr Niall Neeson a.k.a The Calming Dentist. Niall has a wonderfully empathetic approach to supporting those of us with dental anxiety to navigate our experiences in the dentist's chair.

    Niall offers up some great tips and ways of communicating with your dentist in order to have the most comfortable experience possible. We discuss why dental anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of and that open communication between you and your dentist is the best way to ensure a calming experience. Your dentist wants this for you.

    You can find Niall on Instagram @thecalmingdentist.

    Enjoy this much needed conversation, we hope it makes your next trip to the dentist that much easier.

    • 34 min
    Metacognitive Therapy Ft. Dr Henrik Nordahl and Dr Lora Capobianco

    Metacognitive Therapy Ft. Dr Henrik Nordahl and Dr Lora Capobianco

    This week, we are joined by Dr Henrik Nordahl and Dr Lora Capobianco. Both guests today are experts in the field of metacognitive therapy.

    We often discuss a range of different modalities and treatments on the Panic Pod, yet metacognitive therapy is still a lesser-known form of therapy (especially in the UK).

    Metacognitive therapy (MCT) is a psychotherapy focused on modifying metacognitive beliefs that perpetuate states of worry, rumination, and attention fixation.

    In today's episode, we discuss what metacognitive therapy is, why it's useful and how it differs from other popular anxiety treatments such as CBT.

    If you have tried other popular modalities without success, you might find this episode enlightening.

    Please enjoy!

    If you have any questions, you can contact us here: info@theschoolofanxiety.com

    • 41 min
    Is It Trauma?

    Is It Trauma?

    Today we welcome a special guest, Seerut K. Chawla onto the podcast. Seerut is a fellow psychotherapist and self-confessed Lord of the Rings nerd. She has amassed a following of over 235,000 on Instagram for her straight-talking and IG-therapy busting content. Seerut works using an integrative model (which means incorporating different therapeutic styles) depending on the client and the circumstances.

    Her main modality is psychodynamic psychotherapy which is derivative of the psychoanalytic tradition.

    In this episode, we take a deep dive into the modern-day 'trauma trend' that has taken social media by storm. Unfortunately, the meaning of the word trauma is quickly becoming a diluted term and is often misused. 

    This is one of the most important discussions we have had on The Panic Pod. We explore what genuine trauma actually is, and precisely what it is not. We discuss the misuse of the trauma label in modern-day society and social media, and the consequences of the trauma trend.

    It may appear like a controversial conversation that we have today that very much goes against most of the content and advice we see across the internet at the moment, but this discussion is more necessary and relevant than ever.

    Please enjoy.

    • 48 min
    Sleep & Anxiety with Louise Tyler, MBACP

    Sleep & Anxiety with Louise Tyler, MBACP

    Today on the Panic Pod, Josh is joined by counsellor, Louise Tyler to talk about anxiety and sleep.

    It comes as no surprise that many of us who suffer from anxiety, also struggle with sleep. And in true anxiety style, before we know it we are not only having difficulty sleeping because of the original source of stress but because we are now ruminating on our lack of sleep. It's a tough cycle to break and a loop that is easily strengthened by the belief that a lack of sleep is dangerous and harmful to our health.

    But in this episode, Josh and Louise discuss an alternative perspective that is more helpful in allowing us to live happy and healthy lives regardless of the amount of sleep we manage each night.

    If you've ever heard experts out there hammering home the notion that a lack of sleep is the absolute worst thing imaginable where your health is concerned, this episode is for you.

    Advice like this may come from a well-intended place but, for anxiety sufferers in particular, it only adds pressure and panic to our nighttime routine - which ultimately results in less sleep and heightened stress and anxiety.

    We offer to you a fresh perspective and a different approach that will relieve the angst and pressure surrounding sleep so you can feel perfectly capable of functioning regardless of how many hours you get each night.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Roisin50 ,

Amazing podcast

Stumbled across this podcast and it’s so refreshing and accurate. I love the angle Josh is coming from. Loving it. Keep up the great work . Love also the conversations with Josh and Ella

sarakinsy ,

Amazing podcast!

Love this podcast so much. I have panic disorder and anxiety and it is so refreshing to hear Josh talk about his own experiences with anxiety but also his professional opinion too. Not often do we find therapists that actually understand and know anxiety to the depths that Josh does. Ella is also amazing on the show and love having her input. Reallly hoping for more podcasts! They’re amazing. Maybe getting guests in more often to share their stories of overcoming anxiety and panic would be beneficial? Just an idea.
Sara

klou1992 ,

Like Therapy

This podcast is by far the best podcast I have ever had the pleasure of listening to! I was looking for a podcast to cure my anxiety.. it didn’t quite do that. But it did make me laugh when I was feeling low. And it made me feel “normal” whilst experiencing depersonalisation. And it made me understand why I sometimes respond how I do, which has definitely been the most helpful tool. I feel like when you understand why you feel or react to things in a certain way, it doesn’t seem so scary anymore. It’s JUST anxiety.
I’m still a hot mess, but for every episode I get through, I feel ever so slightly better and hopeful that better days are coming. Which they are.. but in the meantime I’ll just keep working my way through these episodes! I really do recommend listening. I don’t think I have ever left a review for anything in my whole life, which just goes to show how good I think it is!

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