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Dr Vicki has been successfully using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for over 30 years to treat individuals suffering from anxiety. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a psycho–social intervention that strategically changes the way an individual thinks and reacts to events. It focuses on replacing irrational/illogical/unhealthy thinking patterns with realistic expectations of oneself and one’s world decreasing emotional distress and assisting in the development of cognitive coping strategies and problem–solving techniques.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety refers to feelings of dread, worry, fear and apprehension and can be experienced on emotional, cognitive and bio-physical levels. Negative automatic thinking patterns typically accompany anxiety.


“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action”
(Walter Anderson)

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it”
(Dorothy M. Neddermeyer)

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly”
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions”
(Rema Chodron)

The Beck Anxiety Inventory

The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) was developed by Dr Aaron T Beck and others and is a 21-question multiple-choice self-reporting instrument that measures severity of anxiety in adults and children.

The following symptoms are measured on the Beck Anxiety scale,


  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Feeling hot
  • Wobbliness in legs
  • Unable to Relax
  • Fear of the worst happening
  • Dizzy or lightheaded
  • Heart pounding or racing
  • Unsteady
  • Terrified
  • Nervous
  • Feelings of choking
  • Hands Trembling
  • Shaky
  • Fear of losing control
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fear of dying
  • Scared
  • Indigestion or discomfort in abdomen
  • Faint
  • Face Flushed
  • Sweating (not due to heat)


  • A score of 0-7 indicates minimal anxiety;]
  • A score of 8-15 indicates mild anxiety;
  • A score of 16-25 indicates moderate anxiety; and
  • A score of 26-63 indicates severe anxiety.


For Dr Vicki’s effectiveness of therapy for anxiety, please see the “Statistical summary of the change in Beck scores between the start and finish of each Woodlands Trust group course for those gambler clients who finish the course and provide both initial and final Beck scores (All 2004 to 2011) Woodlands Trust group courses, by Mr Dave Saville; Principal Biometrician. Dr Vicki Fowler was the Consultant Therapist for all gambler clients in this period of time achieving statistically effective results for anxiety.

Note that Dr Vicki Fowler has approximately 25 batches of statistical analyses of treatment effectiveness from 1999 – 2017.

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