The Anxiety2Amazing® Programme

Anxiety2Amazing Programme

The dynamic formula for Anxiety2Amazing® supports young people as they progress through the journey of Education. Taking you right through from Primary to Sixth Form and University.

Whilst Young people may have many goals relating to self-development and growth, it is important to have a strong self-belief. This programme provides an essential platform to build that self-belief, as well as to nurture self-care and self-love. So helping to alleviate the effects of Anxiety or Depression at every level.

There are two separate programmes available: one for Primary school children and the other for Secondary School and above. Each session is clearly structured, so you can easily track your own progress.

Mini-Mindfulness Sessions- For Young People Going Through Primary Struggles

We can tailor this 7 session programme to the Child’s individual needs. But as a guideline, these sessions include the powerful methods of Empowerment Coaching and mind management models that are fun and easy to apply.

  • Mini-Mindfulness and Breathing Exercises – to help release the negative energies that have got stuck within
  • Visualisations and Practical Exercises to boost self-esteem and Confidence – to help gain balance and empowerment
  • Discovering and developing individual strengths – to help develop stronger confidence, build resilience and aid self-calm

Empowerment Coaching – For Young People Making the Transition to Secondary School or University

These very valuable sessions involve the methods of Empowerment Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Ultimately it supports young people to become more engaged in and out of the Educational environment.

As you work though the sessions you will discover how to:

  • Develop your strengths
  • Acquire new skills to cope with anxiety and stress
  • Create stronger relationships
  • Communicate more confidently and more respectfully
  • Discover and understand positive boundaries
  • Build resilience
  • Be better prepared for future challenges ahead on your educational journey

The Challenges that You May Face at School

Anxiety2Amazing® Programme

These are some of the highly stressful situations in the school environment, which you may find really difficult to deal with :

  • SATs Stress
  • Exam Stress
  • High Workloads
  • High Expectations
  • Friendship Circles
  • Trying to Fit in
  • Body Image
  • Self Harm
  • Anger and Aggression
  • Bullying
  • Home Schooling
  • School Phobia
  • Isolation
  • Anxiety.

Emotions like: – anxiety, shame, guilt, anger, envy and jealousy; are often rooted in low self-opinion. Causing you to label yourself in view of what you think you are worth, often on the basis of one or more external factors. These are known as thinking errors and can lead to low self-esteem.

Some Children’s Thinking Error Statements :

  • I’m disgusting
  • I hate myself
  • Life’s horrible
  • I’m worthless
  • I’m not good enough
  •  I’m a loser
  • It’s pointless
  • I don’t matter
  • Why bother
  • It’s all my fault
  • There’s nothing I can do about it
  • My life’s a mess
  • I’m unlovable
  • I’m not a good person
  • I’m bad

This form of thinking is usually consistent with stigmatisation. So untangling self-worth from external ‘measures’ or ‘ratings’, will help to build self-acceptance.

Contact Cathy McCarney on 07970 947024 to arrange a Free Consultation, for your child TODAY.


Anxiety2Amazing Programme

Sometimes you can be plagued by constant internal criticism. It is essential then to help you work on how to accept yourself, by putting your ‘mistakes’ into perspective. Encouraging you to change your attitude to these errors so you can understand them better. Often you may find yourself making statements about yourself, like: ‘This means I must be stupid’, but this just locks you into a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.

Statements can also be made by other people around you, who can often make global inferences of your behaviour. Ones like: ‘You’re always getting into trouble’ or ‘ you’re useless and not even worth bothering about’. This can often cause you to take on self-beliefs like: ‘I am thoroughly bad and worthless’, or ‘I am not good enough’. Especially if you have heard similar negative statements being said to you again and again.

There is a close relationship between thoughts and feelings. So changing the way you think about something, helps you to change the way you feel about it. Consequently, your beliefs about the world and yourself can become crucial to your mental health.


This is sometimes a form of self-punishment because of feelings of guilt and self-hatred

  • It can also offer a sense of control in a life that is otherwise out of control
  • It can be a way of coping and carrying on with living
  • Allows you to feel emotions or to feel alive (as opposed to feeling numb or dead inside)
  • Converts ‘mental pain’ into physical pain, which may be easier for  you to deal with, or get help for
  • Might give temporary relief from unpleasant emotions (eg emptiness, anger, guilt etc)
  • Harming your body which you have come to dislike (perhaps due to sexual abuse)

If this occurs, you may be worried about what might happen if you talk about any of the issues you are dealing with. You may feel confused and unable to communicate your feelings. As a result, this may make you feel as though there is no way out, causing you to lose trust in others.

Body Image

Very often you may find yourself feeling repulsed with your own body shape. Where you become obsessed with your weight and hold the belief that self-worth depends on your weight and shape. Subsequently, this can often drive you towards disturbed eating habits. Where concerns about your shape and weight can dominate your life, leading to depression and loss of confidence.

Some of you may want to please others and be liked. Not wishing to ask for help or wanting to push help away when it’s offered. In these situations, you may find it difficult to express emotion, or even undervalue those emotions. When this happens, you can become plagued with self-doubt, or fearful of being rejected or abandoned.

In this Anxiety2Amazing® process, useful Change Tools will equip you with the resources needed to better understand what is happening, So giving you the ability to develop a stronger self-esteem and positive, healthy, self-image and identity.


Severe anxiety is an emotion which many of you would not recognise for what it is. Instead, you mistake it for mental illness or serious physical problems.

Anxiety is a natural alert system. But the mind can become confused by the mixed messages it receives from a person’s own self-talk. This can increase the minds need to keep you ‘safe’, which can lead to avoidance behaviour. As a result, this causes you to suddenly feel that you are not in control of how you feel and how you react. Which ultimately increases your need to withdraw or escape from something that feels threatening.

In many young people, a common source of anxiety is the ‘fear of failure’

Perfectionism – all-or-nothing-thinking

Perfectionism produces some young people who do well, to focus lopsidedly on their flaws. So magnifying them out of all proportion. Perfectionists see the world in black and white terms. You may recognise this in you. So when you don’t achieve precisely what you set out to do, it becomes a complete disaster in your eyes. This leads you into believing that everyone is judging you by your own exceptionally high standards. As a result, you think any small mistake is magnified by others, in the same way you yourself are viewing it.


Anger is probably one emotion people have most difficulty acknowledging.  We can split anger into two categories anger-in and anger-out.

  • Anger in is associated with simmering resentment and brooding over recurrent mistreatment.
  • Anger-out is linked to repeated cycles of conflict because the expressed irritation has annoyed or provoked others.

Both sufferers from anger-in and anger-out seem to harbour grudges, which in the long run can be bad for the health.

If you suffer from anger in any of these ways you may recognise some of these behaviours. You may have been made to hold back your true feelings and told to: ”shut up” and ‘do as your told because grown-ups know better’. This causes a build-up of frustration, which eventually leads to a wave of repressed anger. Just like an emotional pressure cooker,  which reaches boiling point and then explodes.

Behind angry reactions lie sets of rules, most of which are unwritten. The Anxiety2Amazing® programme helps you to identify the transgression of your anger and the meaning of your individual rules.  So allowing you to find better solutions in managing your anger more effectively. As a result, this teaches you how to recognise the importance of boundaries and adopting a more mindful calmness


Depression is often caused by a sense of loss. These losses are not always directly associated with bereavements, but they can be losses of status, or hope, or self-image causing:

  • Feelings of uselessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • To feel unvalued, unloved

Depression makes you feel compelled to ruminate. But this just involves you going over things again and again in your head. So the Anxiety2Amazing® programme helps you to take steps to get out of this rumination.  Allowing you to better understand and manage your depression more effectively.

Making Changes

Anxiety2Amazing® Programme

Anxiety2Amazing® actively encourages you to be proud to say ‘It’s Okay to Be Me’. Interactive sessions teach you to understand the workings of the mind and body, in a simplified and easy to understand manner.

Alongside this, structured sessions and practical exercises provide you with the valuable tools and methods you need. Each exercise is designed to help and support you to cope more effectively with family, school or social dynamics as they occur.

With the use of these inspirational and motivating tools, you are able to confidently create a positive space to grow and evolve.  A reflective space from which you can identify and implement new behaviours for change. Those of which enable you to crack the worry code, and make the incredible transition from Anxiety to Amazing.

What is also important, is that we maintain a record of your progress throughout the programme:

  • This can help you stay motivated.
  • To help you think and move ‘outside the box’
  • Help you identify any problems you may have to tackle on your journey
  • To evaluate the intensity of any emotional problems which may crop up, and to look at how these may interfere with your lives
  • Keeping a record of your improvements – creating weekly themes, and supporting you to develop positive ways to feel and act differently
  • Helping you grow and evolve as authentic human beings

And from there, you begin to learn how to master your own Life Journey:

  • Using positive mindful techniques and taking responsibility for your own actions
  • Working with your strengths and Building Resilience
  • Focusing on the inner person
  • Being fair to yourself, and others
  • Helping you to understand you are not less important than other people, and that other people are not less important than you.
  • Being able to negotiate fairly and recognise and respect each other’s needs.
  • Finding the balance between mindful reflecting and reacting.
  • Helping you to express ‘anger’ in a clear and appropriate manner, so you learn how to be responsible for your own behaviour rather than the person involved in the interaction.
  • To be AMAZING!!!
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Anxiety2Amazing® programme

The Anxiety2Amazing® Programme for Young People in Warwickshire and Coventry.

Together, we can Break the Anxiety and Depression Stigma. Together, we can become Leading Masters in Anxiety and Depression Management. Together, we can create Champions in our Community and Communicate a Powerful Message that People Cannot Ignore!!

Individual Sessions held in Balsall Common  – Please Ring or Text Cathy, on 07970947024 or leave a Message on my Quick Contact form on my Home Page

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