Welcome to Fresh Pathways

 Anxiety, Stress, Fear or Panic result from life issues which you are unable to resolve yourself. 


Why some problems are difficult to resolve

Like everyone else, you are a creature of habit, and your brain will try to resolve your problems using either methods which proved successful in previous similar circumstances, or instinctive responses if your immediate survival is at risk.

If your brain has not encountered something quite similar to your current issue before, and has no suitable instinctive response, it will raise an alarm, and prepare the body to try and keep you stable while you consciously work out a course of action to resolve the novel situation you are in, or until a pattern develops for which the brain does have a previous response. 

You perceive the alarm as a form of fear, (stress, anxiety, fear or panic). If you succeed in consciously thinking of, and carrying out something which resolves the situation, the alarm will be switched off - and your brain will have learned what to try next time the current pattern occurs.

It’s not always possible to consciously find a corrective course of action. If this is the case, your brain continues to see the risk and maintains the alarm state, you can eventually find yourself stuck in an anxiety loop, where doing nothing is unlikely to change the situation for the better, and the prolonged maintenance of the alarm state may begin sapping your physical and emotional energies.

Don't ignore issues that cause you inner anxiety, a GP or qualified therapist may be able to help you.

Whether you know the underlying cause or not, if you recognize that you are unable to change worrying problems in your life for the better, and you feel you need help, do consider either raising the issue with your GP, seek help from a therapist or raise your problem with a trusted friend you think might be able to provide useful support.

BWRT, Counselling, Coaching or Hypnotherapy can all be effective in helping various forms of anxiety, but they are certainly not the only possibilities.

When you visit a therapist for help they will typically advise you of the technique(s) which they feel will be most suitable based on what you tell them during your first meeting. Ask about the suggested technique, and if you don't feel comfortable with it, discuss your feelings and see if alternates are possible. If necessary, for your own peace of mind, visit several therapists for free initial sessions and select the therapist you feel could best help you overcome your situation and who offers a technique you feel comfortable with. 

Checklist of issues for which therapy could help

  • Suffering persistent anxiety, have fears/phobias, panic attacks, or persistent self doubt - that you can't resolve alone?
  • Striving to find things like satisfaction, happiness, a sense of achievement in life and so on - but finding that they always evade you leaving you disappointed and miserable?
  • Things you habitually do in life which you would prefer to stop doing, or to replace with something more beneficial for you?
  • Shame, guilt or embarrassment hold you back from doing things you would like to do?
  • Having low self esteem, feeling ignored or unworthy?
  • Lack of self confidence that leaves you feeling helpless or ineffective?       

The above list is not exhaustive. If you don't see your issue but recognize anxiety stress or fear at work in your life, it is worth checking with your GP or a local therapist to see if they can help.                   

Overview of the site

I have tried to keep the information on the main tabs above reasonably simple and hopefully informative.

All that you need to know to help you decide whether you might wish to visit a therapist for assistance with a problem can be found on these basic tabs at the top of the page.

The tabs on the left hand side of the page provide slightly more detailed information - which not everyone may want to read - but if you do I hope you also find aspects of these pages interesting.

Whatever, your circumstances, I hope that the information on this site will encourage you to seek help to improve your life, in ways that you feel are appropriate. 

I hope you find the pages helpful and interesting as you look around.

Dave Holtom