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Nigel is an experienced Manchester Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner who specialises in successfully working with anxiety related issues.

With clinics in Manchester and Harley Street, London.
This therapy is also available worldwide online via Skype

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

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


What is Fear of Public Speaking?

Also called public speaking phobia, public speaking fear, public speaking anxiety, presentation anxiety, performance anxiety, and stage fright. In various surveys, the fear of public speaking is often ranked as the number one fear. Surprisingly many people will rank the fear of public speaking higher than the fear of dying.

Someone experiencing public speaking anxiety is feeling the effects of the 'fight or flight' response. The fight or flight response is our mind and bodies natural response to a perceived threat. The perceived threat itself may be physical or psychological in nature. (e.g. making a scene, looking foolish, not being liked or accepted, appearing weak, potential physical harm etc.)

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When it is activated, hormones are released into the body to enable us to either deal with or escape from the dangerous situation.

The effects of the fight or flight response include an increase in our heart rate to pump blood faster to the lungs, muscles and brain. We breath more rapidly to increase our oxygen levels, our muscles tense ready for action and many functions not necessary for fighting or escaping, such as digestion or reproduction, slow or 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 exactly the same way as if you were actually experiencing it in reality.

Due to the way anxiety functions, you simply can’t fight it head on. You've probably tried that already and failed. In fact the more you fight and try to control the anxiety, the worse it 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 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 public speaking anxiety / performance anxiety may include:

Breathing difficulties Excessive perspiration Tingling feeling
Tightening of the throat Light-headedness Hyperventilation
Frequent need to urinate Muscle Tension Diarrhoea
Chest pain Sweating hands Sleeping difficulties
Headaches Neck pain Catastrophic thinking
Dissociative symptoms Depersonalisation Aching jaw
Extreme exhaustion Lack of concentration Feeling detached from body
Nausea and/or vomiting Digestive problems Fear of being 'found out'
Pounding heart Trembling Short term memory loss
Fear of embarrassment Ice cold feeling Hot prickly feeling
Choking sensation Intense heat Indigestion
Pins and needles Fear of losing control Fear of making a fool of self
Fear of going insane Fear of having a heart attack Feelings of inferiority / inadequacy / weakness
Churning/burning stomach Muscle pain Sense of shame

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 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 anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or to make an appointment now.

Panic Attacks

Psychotherapy and counselling for Public speaking anxiety in Manchester   A 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 increased heart rate, nausea, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, 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

The treatment is available at both the Manchester and Harley Street practices and 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 4 to 8 one hour sessions, for more deep rooted or complex problems, more may be required.

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 relaxed, sensitive, respectful and non-judgemental. I have had personal experience of overcoming anxieties, and therefore 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 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 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.

The treatment integrates my own research with a variety of therapeutic processes, including but not limited to Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), CBT, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Self-Relations, Life Coaching and Stress Management which are individually recognised as highly successful ways of changing peoples behaviours and perceptions and I'm sure you can imagine the amazing benefits of combining these powerful techniques, allowing you to quickly and easily change the thoughts, emotions and behaviours you currently have about public speaking and performances. So you just find yourself changing in beneficial ways.  

I am a professional fully trained and experienced Advanced Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Psychotherapist 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 anxiety, simply phone me on 0161 881 4333 or 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.

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

What this treatment is not: The treatment is not a list of quick fixes, tips or tricks about public speaking. Nor is the treatment a 'miracle secret' technique that can be applied in moments that will somehow mysteriously and magically cure you 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 committment 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 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 to make an appointment now.

I offer online scheduling for Manchester appointments


I practice both from a consulting room in my home in Chorlton in South Manchester, and from a clinic on Harley Street, London. 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.

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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, Manchester Psychotherapist, Advanced Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Life Coach | Help with public speaking

Nigel Magowan
Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, Ecotherapist, Accredited Supervisor and
Advanced Hypnotherapist

About Nigel Magowan

Nigel Magowan is a professional and experienced Solution-Focused Integrative Psychotherapist, Life Coach, a Licensed NLP Master Practitioner, an Advanced Hypnotherapist and Ecotherapist. Nigel has trained with some of the best trainers. He combines all his training, skills and experience to produce a treatment that is tailored to your exact needs. He uses an integrative solution focused approach to his work which can bring about results in a much shorter time. He is an Approved Anxiety UK Therapist. He has also received additional specialist training in working with addictions, anger management, treating IBS, controlling pain, stress management techniques, and ecotherapy. Nigel is also a fully trained and accredited supervisor and offers supervision to complementary therapists.

Nigel holds a recent enhanced CRB certificate.

Since 2002 he has had his own busy full-time Psychotherapy, Counselling, Life Coaching, NLP and Hypnotherapy practice in Chorlton, South Manchester, and Harley Street, London. Within easy traveling distance of Altrincham, Ashton, Bolton, Buxton, Didsbury, Fallowfield, Gatley, Glossop, Hyde, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Manchester City Centre, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale, Sale, Stretford, Wilmslow, Withington and other towns in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and the Greater Manchester and the North West area.

He specialises in helping people with anxiety, panic attacks, stress management, addictions, IBS, anger, depression, pain control, confidence and self esteem, insomnia, public speaking and performance anxiety, fears, phobias, weight loss, and study and sport performance enhancement.

He is a a UKCP Candidate in Training; a full member of the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy; a senior member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, a full member of the Hypnotherapy Association; an Approved Anxiety UK Therapist; a Professional Member of the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ANLP); the NHS Directory of Complementary & Alternative Practitioners; the UK Register of IBS Therapists; the National Register of Practitioners in Smoking Cessation

He practices according to the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy, General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, ANLP and Hypnotherapy Associations code of ethics, and has full Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Qualifications and Training

Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Comparative Psychotherapy and Clinical Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Intermediate Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Paul McKenna Training, London
Richard Bandler, Paul McKenna, Michael Breen

Diploma in Advanced Hypnotherapy and HypnoHealing
Atkinson-Ball College of Hypnotherapy and Hypnohealing, Liverpool

Clinical Practice: Psychopathology in Pychotherapeutic Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Human Development and Sexuality
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Wider Mind: Ericksonian Psychotherapy in Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

Certificate in Working Successfully with Addictions
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London

NLP Coaching Diploma
Frank Daniels Associates, Nottingham

Diploma in the Art and Science of NLP Coaching
Frank Daniels Associates, Nottingham

Certified Practitioner of NLP
The Washington School of Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis, Manchester
Shaun Brookhouse

Certificate in Ethical Practice
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London London

Certificate in Stress Management Techniques

Certificate in Hypnoesitherapy

Diploma in Hypnotherapy

Certificate in Natural Awareness Therapy (Ecotherapy)
Pathfinder UK ~ School of Natural Awareness & Tracking, Devon

Accredited Supervisor Certificate
Accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists(NCP) and the General Hypnotherapy Register(GHR)
Mindworks Therapy Training, Nottingham

The Angry Gestalt
Manchester Gestalt Centre, Manchester

TA101 (Transactional Analysis)
Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy, Manchester


Continuing Professional Development
Current and on-going training and supervision, keeping my skills fresh and at the cutting edge

Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Psychotherapy
Beeleaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, London, London

Monthly clinical supervision sessions (2 hours per month)
with a UKCP registered NLP psychotherapist and supervisor

Professional Bodies

Full Member of the Community for Contemporary Psychotherapy (MCCP)
Accredited Master Practitioner Member of ANLP International
UKCP Candidate in Training
Member of Counselling and Psychotherapy Outdoors (CAPO)

Senior Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
Full Member of the Hypnotherapy Association
Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Member of the Corporation of Advanced Hypnotherapy
Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary & Alternative Practitioners
Accredited Therapist Member of Anxiety UK
Member of the UK Register of IBS Therapists



Please take some time to browse the other pages on this website:

What is NLP?

Some of the conditions that respond well to psychotherapy, counselling and NLP which can be treated at the Manchester office

Questions and Answers about Psychotherapy, counselling, NLP and stress management

Services available at the Manchester offices

Psychotherapy, counselling and NLP for Anxiety Disorders

Using Psychotherapy, counselling and NLP for Stress Management

Using Psychotherapy and NLP to quickly overcome Fears and Phobias

Manchester based Life Coaching

Prices for psychotherapy, counselling and NLP treatments at the Manchester practice

Location of the psychotherapy, counselling, NLP and stress management practice in Manchester

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks in Manchester


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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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 ~ Flixton ~ Eccles ~ Irlam ~ Salford ~ Swinton ~ Pendlebury ~ Worsley ~ Walkden ~ Cadishead ~ Bury ~ Bolton ~ Farnworth ~ Little Lever ~ Kearsley ~ Wardley ~ Monton ~ Orrel ~ Barton ~ Boothstown ~ Dumplington ~ Baguley ~ Benchill ~ Burnage ~ Blackley ~ Beswick ~ Clayton ~ Crumpsall ~ Levenshulme ~ Longsight ~ Northenden ~ Rusholme ~ Sharston ~ Withington ~ Woodhouse Park ~ Wythenshawe ~ Westhoughton ~ Blackrod ~ Kearsley ~ Horwich ~ Prestwich ~ Ramsbottom ~ Radcliffe ~ Tottington ~ Whitefield ~ Whalley Range ~ Carrington ~ Victoria Park ~ Old Trafford ~ Cheetham Hill ~ Tamesdie ~ Ashton under Lyme ~ Denton ~ Reddish ~ Stalybridge ~ Hyde ~ Oldham ~ Royton ~ Saddleworth ~ Rochdale ~ Heywood ~ Littleborough ~ Castleton ~ Milnrow ~ Middleton ~ Wardle ~ Wigan ~ Ashton-in-Makerfield ~ Golborne ~ Billinge ~ Winstanley ~ Leigh ~ Standish.

North Trafford: Davyhulme ~ Firswood ~ Flixton ~ Gorse Hill ~ Lostock ~ Old Trafford ~ Stretford ~ Trafford Park ~ Urmston.

South Trafford: Altrincham ~ Ashton-on-Mersey ~ Bowdon ~ Broadheath ~ Brooklands ~ Carrington ~ Dunham Massey ~ Hale ~ Hale Barns ~ Oldfield Brow ~ Partington ~ Sale ~ Sale Moor ~ Timperley ~ Warburton ~ West Timperley.

Stockport: Adswood ~ Bramhall ~ Bredbury ~ Brinnington ~ Cheadle ~ Cheadle Hulme ~ Compstall ~ Davenport ~ Edgeley ~ Gatley ~ Heaton Moor ~ Heaton Norris ~ Heaton Chapel ~ Heaton Mersey ~ Hazel Grove ~ Heald Green ~ Heavily ~ High Lane ~ Marple ~ Offerton ~ Poynton ~ Reddish ~ Romiley.

Cheshire: Alderley Edge ~ Adlington ~ Ashley ~ Bucklow Hill ~ Handforth Dean ~ High Legh ~ Knutsford ~ Mere ~ Mobberley ~ Ollerton ~ Plumley ~ Tatton ~ Pickmere ~ Wilmslow ~ Warburton ~ Woodford ~ Lymm ~ Dunham ~ Massey ~ Chester ~ Crewe ~ Northwich ~ Daresbury ~ Warington ~ Winsford ~ Widnes ~ Wirral ~ Nantwich ~ Sandbach ~ Middlewich ~ Congleton ~ Alsager ~ Macclesfield ~ Prestbury ~ Goostrey ~ Pickmere ~ Mottram St.Andrew ~ Mobberley ~ Chelford ~ Tytherington ~ Bollington ~ Alsager ~ Tarporley ~ Davenham ~ Great Appleton Thorn ~ Budworth ~ Little Budworth ~ Frodsham ~ Holmes Chape ~ High Legh ~ Disley ~ Grappenhall ~ Appleton ~ Croft ~ Thelwall ~ Penketh ~ Glazebury ~ Winwick ~ Culcheth ~ Saint Helens ~ Over Peover ~ Lower Peover ~ Church Lawton ~ Cranage ~ Stockton Heath.

Cumbria ~ Lancashire ~ Merseyside ~ Derbyshire ~ Staffordshire ~ Peak District ~ North Wales ~ North West.

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Nigel Magowan
Integrative Psychotherapist,
NLP Master Practitioner, Coach and Advanced Hypnotherapist

I offer online scheduling for appointments in Manchester


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