So you think you can breathe?

Breathing facts, myths and therapeutic effects with anxiety and stress disorders


Powerpoint presentation file

Webinar video presentation (approx 1 hr)

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$66 ($60+GST)

Webinar outline

Breath work is a frequent element in psychological practice, as dysfunctional breathing patterns contribute to anxiety disorders and the physical symptoms that often accompany them. Dysfunctional breathing also underlies sleep-breathing disorders and the loss of wellbeing and relationship strain that disturbed sleep can produce.

The connection between acute hyperventilation and anxiety states and symptoms is well known. What is not so well known is that hyperventilation or ‘overbreathing’ is often present in a chronic and hidden form, creating on a day-to-day basis, a fundamental disturbance in physiology and body chemistry. This ‘baseline overbreathing’ drives a sympathetic dominant state, depleting energy and priming a person for acute stress response. It may be behind a loss of resilience and delay or failure to respond to a therapeutic intervention.

This presentation will describe breathing pattern assessment and the principles and practices involved in the breathing retraining process to establish a physiological normal breathing pattern, when awake, asleep and when under stress. Case studies will be used to illustrate the application, results and benefits of breathing retraining in anxiety disorders.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • identify the elements of a dysfunctional breathing pattern
  • understand dysfunctional breathing and its relationship to sympathetic dominant state, tissue hypoxia, anxiety, insomnia, snoring and sleep apnoea
  • understand the connection between dysfunctional breathing and physical symptoms commonly seen with anxiety disorders
  • identify actionable approaches to defuse the stress response and enhance psychological therapy outcomes


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