Sophie Coleman is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist on the ClinPsyD Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Manchester. Here, she talks about how she helped create some useful videos about anxiety on one of her placements.
I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist undertaking my doctorate training at the University. This is a three-year programme involving placements, research, and other academic work.
At the end of the training, we qualify as Clinical Psychologists who are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
During my last placement, I was involved in creating resources to help with anxiety. I wanted to do something that emphasises how normal it is for us to experience anxiety. I think this is particularly important for students, especially considering everything happening in the world today.
From COVID-19 to climate change, through to widespread inequality and discrimination, all on top of the pressures of university, it is not surprising that so many of us feel anxious. Our ‘threat’ systems are constantly being activated.
With the help of the brilliant media team at the University, I have created an accessible video that explains what anxiety is and why we have it:
The second video, Managing Anxiety, can also be found below: