About Joshua Fletcher MSc MBACP
My interest in working in the field of anxiety and psychotherapy stemmed from once suffering from acute anxiety myself. In 2012 I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and endeavoured to overcome the condition by researching and understanding it as much as possible. As a result, I developed a genuine, passionate interest not only in the field of anxiety, but also in the psychological wellbeing of people. Suffering from anxiety allowed me to develop and nurture my empathy–a skill and personal trait that I highly value and is integral to my work. I feel this is conveyed in my books:
Anxiety: Panicking about Panic and Anxiety: Practical about Panic
I love talking about mental health as I believe mental health issues can be addressed and helped when stigma is removed. I’ve done many talks and been invited to speak at events about the subject and I’m always humbled at the willingness of so many people that have come forward and felt safe to share things about themselves with me. I run a podcast called The Panic Pod where I talk about anxiety in an open and honest way. I like to share what I’ve learned and continue to learn with anyone who is interested. I like to think that I model a healthy attitude when it comes to mental health issues, being transparent and willing to share my own experiences when relevant.
I have obtained the title of Master of Science with Distinction in Counselling Psychology at Keele University, as well as Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies & Drama from Bath SpaUniversity.
I run a private practice called The Panic Room® based in Salford, Greater Manchester. At the practice I work with individuals and groups who suffer from anxiety related issues, such as stress-related anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, agoraphobia and other related conditions.
Outside the world of anxiety
I also exist outside of work and I’m proudly transparent when it comes to sharing who I am outside of work hours. I do this because I don’t want to fall into any negative stereotypes about therapists being plain or robotic (not that I believe that!)I love music, so much so that I run my own live music evening in Salford and Manchester. I also played an instrument called the Kora, which is a West-African harp. I find music therapeutic in many situations. I also enjoyed walking and exploring–the outside being integral to my self-care regime. You can often find me reading books; I like to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, paperback and e-reader–whatever suits the situation. I enjoy travelling, often by train and around Europe. The time away gives me inspiration for new books and to reflect on how to grow as a therapist.