Cutting Edge Solutions for Panic Attacks and Anxiety

Glyn Blackett □ Mind-Body Health Coach □ York □ 01904 435267

My name is Glyn Blackett and I teach people skills in managing panic, hyperventilation (over-breathing), anxiety and stress. I use a range of science and technology based tools to create comprehensive and personalized solutions.

In a panic attack you experience intense, spiralling anxiety, along with thoughts of impending catastrophe and loss of control. Panic affects the body - there are typically physical symptoms such as pounding heart, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, numbness or tingling, and most importantly difficulty breathing or hyperventilation.

While cognitive therapy methods may help, in the heat of the moment you can't think your way out of panic. The key to resolving panic and anxiety is the ability to reverse these physiological changes happening in the body. This is a skill that can be learned or trained.

Biofeedback is an ideal tool for learning mind-body flexibility.

How Biofeedback Helps Panic and Anxiety

Biofeedback measures and feeds back in real time physiological changes associated with anxiety and panic. That gives you the basis for understanding panic and learning to break the spiral so that the body can relax again.

Panic, Hyperventilation and Breathing Biofeedback

The key physical change is to breathing. Anxiety instinctively triggers fast, shallow breathing, which reduces blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain, and especially the outer cortical regions associated with cool, rational control. This lack of oxygen triggers a chain reaction leading to further over-breathing.

In my clinical experience over-breathing often goes unrecognised. In extreme cases oxygen delivery to the brain is reduced by up to 60% - but when it is only 10-20% you don't necessarily notice it. But we can measure it with a biofeedback device (a capnometer).

Breathing Training With Biofeedback

I use a number of different biofeedback modalities including capnometry biofeedback, EMG or muscle tension biofeedback and HRV biofeedback to develop your mind-body skills, or your ability to create the physiological conditions for calm, clear focus and thinking, plus emotional positivity. Biofeedback is an ideal partner for mindfulness, an ancient method of mind training.

Resolving the Preconditions of Panic and Anxiety

Several factors may contribute to underlying vulnerability to panic and anxiety including:

  • Poor nutrition leading to problems with blood sugar regulation which affects brain function.
  • Adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysregulation - the adrenal glands produce stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. Note adrenal fatigue is a stress condition not a medical problem.
  • A hypersensitive Sympathetic Nervous System (associated with the "fight or flight" response).
  • Learned patterns of poor breathing - chronic hyperventilation - which is typically unnoticed.
  • Nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin B6, and magnesium, which can lead to neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain.

My approach involves testing for the preconditions for panic and anxiety, using both office-based stress assessment and functional laboratory testing for optimal brain performance. This creates the basis for a comprehensive (multi-level) and personalised solution.

Besides breathing training and mind-body skills training using biofeedback, I can recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, and targeted nutritional supplementation to address underlying vulnerabilities.

More About the Therapy Process

Initially we'll work together to establish the most appropriate individual goals, based in part on the results of my online symptoms questionnaire, which generates an automated report. Nothing is imposed - we'll work with whatever methods will suit your wishes. For those who can get to my office in York, 3 to 8 one-hour sessions is the typical range for panic and anxiety.

If you can't get to my office easily, we can still work together effectively using online or telephone-based coaching, online training materials, and biofeedback device rental for home use.

If you'd like to meet, either in person or by telephone, in order to discuss the options further, please contact me to arrange a no-obligations free initial consultation.

client testimonial

"Glyn and his biofeedback methods, relaxation and breathing techniques have helped me stop hyperventilating constantly, having crippling panic attacks and have enabled me to live my life again."

- Elspeth, East Yorkshire

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FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION

An opportunity to meet the therapist - up to 30 mins

York Mind-Body Health is based at York Science Park. With free parking it is readily accessible to residents of York, Leeds and the Yorkshire area.

mind body intelligence book cover

Glyn Blackett is the author of the book

Mind-Body Intelligence: How to manage your mind using biofeedback and mindfulness

To find out more about the book click below.

Learn to breathe slowly and calmly with the help of this software, with brain entrainment technology.

about the therapist

I graduated from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences. I first began practising in 2004 after training in psychotherapy. Since then I've trained in biofeedback, neurofeedback and Nutritional Therapy.

A lifelong meditation practitioner, I first became interested in biofeedback as a means of enhancing mindfulness. I was so impressed with the power and potential of biofeedback, I decided to make a career of it. It was a natural step for me to move into mindfulness-based therapy.