Panic BWT

Course Information

A six week course aimed at helping people with symptoms of panic disorder primarily through psychoeducation about anxiety and panic, and using graded exposure techniques.


Workshop/lecture style learning, weekly recommended self-therapy between sessions, filling out a workbook in the sessions, and opportunities to contribute to sessions (optional).

Does not include:

Requirement to share difficulties or speak in front of others in any way, group work, or facing fears in-session.

The course is particularly suited to people with concerns that anxiety/panic symptoms could lead to one of the following…

 Heart attack
 Stroke
 Fainting
 Collapsing
 Losing control of their bladder or bowel
 Choking or suffocation
 Losing their mind
 Overheating
 Being stuck in a state of panic

…where there is avoidance of situations or the use of “safety behaviours” due to that concern and the presence of a relevant physical health problem has been ruled out.

Session 1:  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, fears and feared situations, anxiety and physical symptoms, panic attacks and the panic cycle, getting the most out of the course.

Session 2:  Why panic disorder persists, rational versus emotional brain, role of avoidance and safety behaviours, exposure and habituation therapy.

Session 3:  Overcoming difficulties with exposure, staying motivated, panic diary.

Session 4:  Panic diary learning, welcoming anxiety technique, info for friends and family, breathing exercises.

Session 5: Unhelpful thinking patterns, identifying thoughts, thought challenging.

Session 6:  Understanding progress, managing setbacks, relapse prevention, maintaining progress.

This course is provided by

Bristol Wellbeing Therapies

How to book onto this course

To request a place on this course please click here to access our online form. Please state that you would like to attend a panic course and specifity when and where you would be able to attend. We are only able to accept referrals from people who are registered with a Bristol based GP surgery.

Once we have received your form we will contact you by email or post. We will use the information you provide to help us decide if a course is a good choice for you. If we’re unsure we may invite you to speak to one of our team. Please be aware that this process may take several days.

Please note that your place on the course is not confirmed until you hear from us with the details.