Fear of Public Speaking | Stage Fright | Performance Nerves | Manchester | Didsbury

Nigel is an experienced Manchester Psychotherapist/Counsellor,Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner who specialises in successfully working with the fear of public speaking and other anxiety related issues.

Online public speaking anxiety therapy is also available worldwide via Skype

To book an appointment with him, or to make an enquiry, call 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email

What is Public Speaking Phobia and Performance Anxiety?
Symptoms of Public Speaking Anxiety?
What are panic attacks?
What treatment is available?
How to book the treatment?

What is Fear of Public Speaking?

Also called public speaking fear, public speaking phobia,  stage fright, presentation anxiety, performance anxiety, and public speaking anxiety. In different surveys, the fear of public speaking is frequently rated as the leading fear. Amazingly a lot of people will rank the fear of public speaking above the fear of death.

Someone encountering public speaking anxiety is experiencing the effects of the ‘fight or flight’ response. The fight or flight response is our mind and bodies natural reaction to a perceived threat. The perceived threat itself could be physical or psychological in nature. (e.g. making a scene, looking foolish, not being liked or accepted, appearing inadequate, possible bodily injury etc.)

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Whenever it is initiated, stress hormones are released within your body to make it possible for you to either cope with or flee from the threatening situation. The impact of the fight or flight reaction include an acceleration in our heart rate to supply blood much faster to the lungs, muscles, as well as brain itself. We breath much more rapidly to increase our oxygen levels, our muscles tighten ready for action, and many functions not necessary for fighting or escaping, such as for example digestion or reproduction, decrease or even stop.

It is important to realise that all anxiety including fear of public speaking starts with our thoughts, and it is our brain that then stimulates the release of the various stress hormones. It is the negative thoughts we have about what is happening in the environment around us, or other people who are there, or our own bodily sensations, or even thoughts about our own thoughts that will start the anxiety response within our body, and keep it going.

In some ways our minds and bodies can’t tell the difference between the thoughts about a situation and the situation itself. Therefore by simply thinking negatively,worrying, or ‘what if’-ing about an upcoming presentation, speech or performance, you are activating the fight or flight response in much the same way as if you were actually experiencing it in reality.

Due to the way anxiety functions, you often can’t fight it head on. Like most people you’ve probably tried that already and failed. In fact the more you fight and try to control the anxiety, the worse it often gets! Could you imagine just how useful it would be for you to learn new and different ways to think and react so that your fears just faded away and no longer seemed a problem?

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now. If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy, counselling and coaching via Skype.

Symptoms of fear of public speaking / public speaking anxiety / performance anxiety may include:

Breathing difficulties

Tight-ness in the throat

Frequent urination

Diarrhoea

Chest pain

Sweating hands

Difficulties Sleeping

Headaches

Neck ache

Rashes which are unexplained

Depersonalisation

Feeling Dissociated

Aching jaw

Fear of having a heart attack

Tingling sensation

Hyperventilating

Sensation of Choking

Feeling hot

Indigestion

Pins and needles

Fear of making a fool of self

Fear of losing control

Fear of going insane

Fear of dying

Churning/burning stomach

Muscle pain

Sensitivity to light/sound

Tense Muscles

Excessive sweating

Feeling Light-headed

Extreme Exhaustion

Poor concentration

Feeling detached from body

Nausea/vomiting

Digestive issues

Loss of libido

Pounding heart

Shaking

Short-term memory loss

Fear of embarrassment

Ice cold feeling

Hot prickly feeling

NOTE: If you are suffering from any of the above physical symptoms then do discuss them with a doctor first to rule out any potential physical causes.

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

 

Common situations which often provoke public speaking and performance anxiety include:

  • Wedding Speeches
  • Presentations
  • Meetings
  • Interviews
  • Exams
  • Acting Auditions and Performances
  • Musical Performances
  • Speaking on the telephone
  • Being put on the spot
  • Centre of attention

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your public speaking anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

Panic Attacks

Psychotherapy and counselling for Public speaking anxiety and stage fright in ManchesterA panic attack may also be experienced as part of the public speaking anxiety or performance anxiety, and is an intense rush of very uncomfortable physical symptoms such as shortness of breath,  increased heart rate, lightheadedness, nausea, inability to concentrate, and confusion. Which is coupled with negative thoughts about the situation (e.g. making a scene, looking foolish, not being liked or accepted, having a heart attack, not being able to breathe etc.).

Symptoms of panic attacks can include palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, sensations of shortness of breath or smothering, feeling of choking, chest pain or discomfort, nausea or abdominal distress, dizziness or light-headedness, derealisation or depersonalisation, fear of losing control or going ‘crazy’, fear of dying, paresthesia, and chills or hot flushes.

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The Public Speaking and Performance Anxiety Treatment in Manchester

The treatment is available at the Manchester practices is custom made for your unique requirements, so the exact form of treatment and number of sessions will vary from person to person depending on your needs, the severity of the problem and any other complicating factors. Most people will usually need as little as 6 to 12 one hour sessions. For more deep rooted, long-term or complex problems, more sessions may be required.

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The overall aim of this process is to help you to experience a deep permanent change in how you think and feel about public speaking or performances. Which will then allow you to feel more comfortable and at ease, and even enjoy situations which used to cause you anxiety and fear. During the process we will address whatever issues need to be dealt with to enable you to overcome your anxiety and fear.

The treatment process itself is sensitive, confidential, respectful and non-judgemental. I have had personal experience of overcoming anxieties, and therefore hope I can fully understand and empathise with what you’re going through every step of the way.

Examples of some commonly dealt with issues:

  • Changing limiting beliefs and building powerful empowering beliefs.
  • Disassembling of the negative feedback loops, and self reinforcing and self sustaining aspects of the public speaking anxiety.
  • Changing your perceptions of others, and what you think they think of you.
  • Change what you feel about yourself and your abilities.
  • Building your self-esteem, self-worth and self confidence.
  • Emotional state management.
  • Learning to relax/ground/centre yourself so you can stay more in the moment.
  • Positively changing your perceptions of past events and future worries.

My Own Anxiety Research:

Many years ago I completed a research project modelling the thought processes of several successful performers. At the time I was terrified of any sort of public speaking or performance, and was very curious to find out how some people could remain so calm and comfortable in front of large groups. After interviewing the performers, I contrasted and compared their thought processes and behaviours, and distilled the information collected into a process that could be taught, with some guidance, to others like yourself. Through working with many clients over the years that followed, I have expanded and refined this process further and it now forms the basis for my successful work with performance anxiety and public speaking fears.

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The therapy combines my own research with a wide variety of therapeutic processes, including but not limited to Psychotherapy, Counselling, CBT, EMDR, Gestalt Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mindfulness, Life Coaching and Stress Management which are generally individually acknowledged as effective approaches to help people change behaviours and perceptions, and I am certain you could begin to imagine the benefits of integrating these beneficial approaches.  Enabling you to easily and relatively quickly alter your thoughts, emotions and behaviours that you presently have regarding public speaking and performances. So you just find yourself changing in helpful ways.

I am a professional fully trained and experienced Accredited Psychotherapist, Advanced Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, and a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner. I integrate all my skills and experience to produce a treatment that is tailored to your unique needs. So that together we can work to help you to change in the quickest and easiest ways possible.

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your fear of public speaking, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now. If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy for public speaking anxiety, via Skype.

(See the consultation fees page for prices and discounts.)

What this treatment is not: The treatment is not just a list of coping strategies, quick fixes, tips or tricks about public speaking. Nor is the treatment a ‘magical secret’ technique that can be applied in seconds, that will somehow mysteriously and miraculously cure you instantly of a lifetimes worth of anxiety without any effort. You can find that sort of ridiculous over hyped product and information on a thousand other websites, and may even have wasted good money and time on them without any real or lasting success. In those cases the old adage holds true ‘If something seems to good to be true then it probably is.’

In reality: There are rarely any instant fixes or magical cures, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t change, or that change is hard or takes a long time. All that is really required to change, is a little bit of commitment to your own personal growth, taking ownership of your issues, putting in some effort for a few weeks, and getting some helpful and realistic guidance from someone who genuinely has considerable professional and personal experience with with anxieties. Before you realise it you’ll be surprising yourself with what you are capable of doing.

When considering the rest of your life, what value do you place on your well-being?

When you are committed to make the inner changes you need to control your anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

Booking is easy

NOTE: Before booking it is very important that you get any physical symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or doctor to rule out any physical problems.

I recommend booking an Initial Consultation first. This gives us the chance to begin to explore your issues and your requirements further, give you honest answers to any questions you might have and give you a realistic estimate of the number of sessions you may require.

When you are ready to make the inner changes you need, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or Click here to email to make an appointment now.

I offer online scheduling for appointments in Manchester

Location

I practice both from a consulting room in my home in Chorlton in South Manchester. If you can’t travel to me then I am also available for online therapy, counselling and coaching via Skype.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Consultation Fees

Session fees are paid at the time of booking.

You may pay by cash, Debit Card, credit card or online. I no longer accept cheques.

 

Cost when paying per session:

See the consultation fees page for session prices and discounts.

Upcoming Workshops

Why not enquire about the next full day anxiety workshop, held regularly in South Manchester.

 

Corporate Work

My services can also be combined and tailored to your group or corporate needs, and range from EAP (Employee Assistance Programme – one to one therapy, counselling or coaching sessions) through to bespoke group training, workshops, and outdoor activities and retreats.

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Nigel Magowan, Psychotherapy Manchester Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Manchester Life Coach | Help with public speaking

Nigel Magowan
BSc(Hons) UKCP Reg. AccMCCP DABCH GHR SQHP MHA AMPM
UKCP Registered and Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist, Life Coach, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, Ecotherapist, GHR Accredited Supervisor and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Member of the Society of NLP | Public Speaking Anxiety Manchester | Wedding Speech | Stage Fright Manchester   Member of the Hypnotherapy Association | Public Speaking Anxiety Manchester | Wedding Speech | Stage Fright Manchester

Clients come to me from all over the North West of England, see below for a list of areas covered:

Greater Manchester: Chorlton ~ Didsbury ~ Fallowfield ~ Eccles ~ Irlam ~ Salford ~ Worsley ~ Levenshulme ~ Withington West Didsbury ~ Whalley Range

North Trafford: Stretford ~ Urmston.

South Trafford: Altrincham ~ Sale ~ Timperley

Stockport:  Bredbury ~ Brinnington ~ Cheadle ~  Gatley ~ Heaton Moor ~ Heaton Norris ~ Heaton Chapel ~ Heaton Mersey ~ Hazel Grove ~ Marple

Cheshire: Alderley Edge ~ Knutsford ~ Tatton ~ Wilmslow ~ Lymm ~ Dunham Massey ~ Congleton ~ Macclesfield ~ Mobberley ~ Frodsham

 

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Summary

Offers help with fear of public speaking, public speaking anxiety, stage fright and performance nerves in the Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire area.

Therapy Services

Integrative Psychotherapy
Counselling
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
Life Coaching
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
Clinical Supervision
Online Therapy via Skype / Hangouts
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
Open Public Workshops
Corporate Workshops and Training
Closed Group Ecotherapy Workshops
Ecotherapy / Nature-based Therapy
Outdoor Nature-therapy Retreats

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Contact Details

Nigel Magowan
UKCP Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist
Registered Member of the BACP
EMDR Therapist
Accredited Therapist Member of Anxiety UK

Inner Changes Psychotherapy and Counselling
22 Newport Road
Chorlton
Manchester M21 9NN

Website: www.manchester-psychotherapy.co.uk
Email: nigel@manchester-psychotherapy.co.uk

Phone: 0161 881 4333 (Manchester)

Opening hours:
11am - 8:30pm, Monday - Friday

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