46 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 • 86 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

    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
    Stop Fearing Fear (Student Review) with Zohara Nguyen

    Stop Fearing Fear (Student Review) with Zohara Nguyen

    Joining Josh on the podcast today is Zohara Nguyen, one of the very first students to sign up to Josh's popular course - Stop Fearing Fear. 

    In today's episode, Zohara takes us through her own personal struggles with anxiety, what motivated her to join the program, and the incredible progress she has made in her anxiety recovery since completing the course.

    In this in-depth and delightful discussion, Zohara explains how her fear of panic was impacting her life. She explains how she has been able to implement the tools from the program to make huge positive changes in her life and make outstanding progress in her anxiety recovery journey.

    Zohara is a great example of how it is possible for all of us to live a life that is in our control.

    If you would like to join the program you can sign up here: www.courses.schoolofanxiety.com

    If you have any questions, pop us an email at info@theschoolofanxiety.com

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

ivona hicks ,

The best podcast!

As someone who has a very hard time with anxiety, this podcast has been a life changer for me! Truly a life changer. When i first found Josh, i was in the thick of it honestly. I didn't know what was happening to me. My doctors only knew how to medicate and throw labels at me. Finding Josh was my saving grace! To this day his episodes have a profound impact on me. The latest one involves sleep anxiety! Which is huge for me, and honestly after listening to it about 5 times lol i truly felt so much better. I have tools to help me through this! The best thing i continue to receive from his podcasts are that for one i am not alone and second, i can get through this. Within the first couple of weeks of finding this podcast and Josh’s handle on instagram my family noticed a change. My husband even contacted Josh to thank him!

So many claim they are the best and i have honestly read all the anxiety books id even like to admit, NOTHING compares to josh and his books!

Thank you Josh for lifting such a deep fog that was over me! I will forever be grateful!

nattytrini13 ,

Sleep and anxiety

This podcast was an amazing convo ! Last 4 months sleeping has been tough ! Last night i slept easy and I actually listened to this podcast before i fell asleep!
My best friend told me about Josh and its been a blessing! I use to think something else was wrong with me not knowing anxiety can unfold in sooo many ways. No more googling anxiety 🤣. This podcast also made me be more aware of my body and im currently working on the body scanning 🥹. Thank you Josh 🙏🏽

Respect that ,

Body awareness and body scan

This was great reminder to use with clients. I get a lot of great reminders and new ideas to use with clients in the podcast series. Thanks

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