Anxiety disorder is the general term used to describe a wide range of symptoms which can cause stress and anxiety to the sufferer. Whilst many of these symptoms overlap, for ease of description we have outlined 5 of the more common anxiety disorders seen by our clinical team.
Our specialist anxiety therapist will help you to discover which disorder they are experiencing help you find the most appropriate way to deal with it.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension even when there is little to provoke it this often presents with symptoms which include recurring headaches, irritability, sweating, twitching and several others.  Some symptoms are very vague, and patients can at times present to the GP, physician or surgeon with symptoms which resemble organic disease. 

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Often characterized by recurrent unwanted thoughts and images (obsessions) and / or repetitive behaviours (compulsions), this can become a very distressing condition both for the sufferer as well as the people living and working with them. 

People experiencing OCD are often observed following particular rituals such as repetitive washing of hands, counting objects, tidying things up and aligning articles in an orderly fashion. These rituals typically provide immediate and temporary relief.

Panic disorder

Patients typically experience unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and other symptoms that seem to simulate a heart attack.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

People with PTSD experience persistent frightening thoughts, recall unpleasant memories and feel emotionally detached, numb and anger is easily triggered.Typically, PTSD develops because of being exposed to horrific events or repeated ordeals in which grand scale physical harm is incurred or witnessed.

Soldiers who developed “shell shock” during the world wars were in fact experiencing PTSD.  Other causative triggers include violent personal assaults (mental or physical), natural disasters, accidents and other horrific events.

Social Phobia

This presents as a feeling of overwhelming anxiety in everyday social situations. In its more milder forms social phobia can be limited to just one type of situation for example the fear of public speaking. In more severe forms, people experience anxious symptoms almost anytime they are around other people. Typically symptoms include a persistent intense fear of being judged or humiliated which can get in the way of everyday activities such as work or being at school.

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Dr Javier Quintero

Consultant Psychiatrist (Adult and Child/Adolescence)

Areas of expertise

-Anxiety - Bipolar affective disorder (Maniac and Depressive episode) - Cyclothymia - Depression - Eating disorder - Grief & Bereavement - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Panic attacks & panic disorder - Personality disorders (Cluster A, B and C) - Phobias - Post natal depression - Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) / Trauma - Schizophrenia and other psychosis - Seasonal affective disorder - Self Harm - Stress - Adaptive Disorders - Behavioral disorders secondary to neurological pathologies (Alzheimer's disease, Huntington etc.) - Sleep disorders - Substance abuse or dependence - Treatment resistant depression - Parenting difficulties Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist: - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) - Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Emotional Disorder (oppositional defiant disorder, learning and conduct disorder) - Phobias - Affective Disorder (Depression and Bipolar) - Neurodevelopmental Disorders (learning disability, intellectual disability) - Anxiety - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Tourette’s Syndrome - Low self-esteem - Relationship difficulties, sleep disorders, substance abuse or dependence , bullying


Education and professional training

Hospital Reina Sofia de Cordoba ( Spain). Consultant Psychiatrist.


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Master propio in Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. UKCMC & GMRB Registered C.E.U. University San Pablo. Spain University Expert Cognitive behavioral therapy in childhood and adolescence problems U.N.E.D Psychiatrist Trainee (Consultant)


Professional experience

I have a very wide experience in Adult and CAMHS in the U.K and Spain.


Languages spoken

English and Spanish


Interests

Sport, fishing and music


When we give ourselves the time and space to listen to our hearts, without judgement, then we have our answers and we know what needs to be done. When we feel understood, then we are no longer alone and we find the power to do it. It's good to talk."

Dr Karen Surridge NNEB; BSc(Hons); PGCert; ClinPsyD; MBPsS, CPsychol

Chartered Clinical Psychologist / Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Areas of expertise

Therapy: Generalised anxiety, panic, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), phobias, depression, suicidal thoughts, reactions to trauma, hoarding issues, attachment/relationship difficulties, behavior problems, and others. Integrates ideas, approaches and techniques from different therapies tailoring the treatment to suit each individual client. (Cognitive Behavioral (CBT); Rational Emotive (REBT); Mindfulness; Psychodynamic; Narrative; Systemic; Solihull Approach; Meriden Project, Pre-Therapy work and others). Offers training at different levels: for healthcare professionals, teachers, general public, teams etc.


Education and professional training

West Kent College, Tonbridge, NNEB (Childcare and Education) University of Kent at Canterbury, BSc(Hons) Newman University College, Birmingham, PGCert (Clinical Applications of Psychology) University of Birmingham, Birmingham, ClinPsyD (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology)


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

UK Registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Gibraltar Registration with Gibraltar Medical Registration Board (GMRB) Member of the British Psychological Society Chartered status with the British Psychological Society Publications range from papers in academic journals and articles published by the Department Of Health (UK), to articles disseminated at conferences, and magazine articles. Research and publications have resulted in achievements such as discussion in BBC Radio 4 interview; team nomination and shortlisting for a number of service awards and named as winner of NHS Care Trust Award. Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology


Professional experience

Initial training as a Nursery Nurse prior to studying psychology. First Assistant Psychologist post in the GHA, followed by three Assistant Psychologist posts in the NHS in UK before completing the doctorate. Since 2013, Dr Surridge has worked for the GHA and the Specialist Medical Clinic, also offering her expertise upon request to various Government departments, charities, organisations and companies.


Languages spoken

Fluent English, understands Spanish


Interests

Spending time with family, Helping others, Learning


Dr Louise Barber, BSc (hons), PhD, DClinPsy

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Areas of expertise

Mood disorders (including, depression, suicidal ideation, bi-polar disorder and self harm) Anxiety disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorders, intrusive thoughts, panic disorder) Anger management Addictions Physical Health Conditions (including CFS/ME, Oncology, COPD, Renal, Dermatology) Weight Management and Bariatric Eating Disorders Gender identity Self Esteem Stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Personality Disorders Rape & sexual abuse Bereavement & loss Relationship Difficulties Clinical Supervision


Education and professional training

Sheffield Hallam University University of Wales, Bangor NHS, Open University


Professional Qualifications, Associations & Accomplishments

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) Qualified Mindfulness Practitioner Qualified Yoga Teacher NHS Leadership and Management Qualifications Advanced Clinical Supervision training Member of BPS & HCPC


Professional experience

Having initially trained as a nursery nurse in 1998 and working with children with special needs, in various schools in Yorkshire, I trained as a counsellor in 2001 and worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre whilst at university studying to become a clinical psychologist. After qualifying n 2004 I worked in the North Wales adult mental health services for number of years before moving to Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester in 2011 where I was employed to develop a psychological oncology service. As a consultant psychologist, my role extended beyond the original brief and I became responsible for leading psychological services in dermatology, oncology, CFS/ME and weight management / bariatric surgery. I specialized in individual group work combined with cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. As a team we provided an on-call service for a range of physical health conditions for the hospitals in-patients. Over the years I have been honored to have been invited to teach on a number of post graduate psychology doctorate programs at the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Wrexham and Bangor (Wales). I have published several academic papers and presented at numerous academic conferences. I left the UK in 2018 to take up a position at the Ocean Views mental health facility in Gibraltar. Whilst there I set up a gender identity service. This contract ended in 2021 and since then I have been working as a consultant clinical psychologist for an NHS London Trust providing a mood and personality service via on-line consultations.


Languages spoken

English


Interests

In my spare time I love cycling, skiing, dancing, hiking, badminton, swimming and reading. I also really enjoy learning Spanish and spending as much time as I can with my 3 grandsons.