THE WILSON METHOD                                      



The Wilson Method for Anxiety & Panic Attacks is revolutionary in it's approach and has been shown to be highly effective.  Meditation, body-mind connection awareness training, thought modification, restorative yoga and cellular memory work combine for a technique that has been helping to change lives for over 25 years.


Talk therapy, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is generally less effective for Performing Artists - our brains work differently. Numerous studies have shown that body-centered therapies tend to have greater success. The Wilson Method for Anxiety and Panic Attacks is one such method.


As shown to the right: We first have an "unhealthy" or "I don't feel safe" thought. Our body then reacts to that thought (Unconcious Valsalva Maneuver), we then notice we feel uncomfortable, which tends increase our belief that we are "not safe", which leads to more "unhealthy" or "I don't feel safe" thoughts... we are caught in "The Vicious Circle of Anxiety".


In order to reduce the effects of anxiety and panic attacks, the Wilson Method employs meditation, awareness work, restorative yoga, integrated acting, core engagement work, movement re-education and full-body vocalizing. The Wilson Method interrupts the seemingly automatic, unconscious thought-relay patterns at each of the three synaptic connection spots (between the colours), delivering feelings of personal power, strength, surrender and safety back up to the brain. Using modalities that match each synaptic connection spot effectively alters our electro-chemical makeup from excitatory to inhibatory neurotransmittors, so that we slowly begin to rewire our feeling and thinking patterns.


As stated on the home page (points 1 & 2) 100% of those who are dealing with anxiety are holding their breath, over-tonicizing (clenching/tightening) their rectus abdominis (sixpack), and are caught in thinking loops and therefore under-utilizing their diaphragms. Therefore, those who deal with anxiety must learn to exhale past the point where they habitually truncate their exhale. This act of dropping below where we habitually hold our breath changes forces us to face our thought-induced tensions. As thinking patterns change the client, through physical therapy, begins to release the the physical reaction to anxiety (UVM) thereby interrupting the circuit (mentioned above) in two spots. The increased diaphragmatic tonicity during inhalation coupled with increased release of air during exhalation leaves little room for anxiety or panic attacks to take hold.


Part of the key to this work is that we CAN, with practice, access and control our Para-Sympathetic Nervous System (PSNS) to help us remember that we can feel (and therefore eventually BE) safe and secure. The trigger mechanism for our Sympathetic Nervous System (Fight, Flight, Freeze, Faint) has been long held to be, due to our survival instincts, the only system that has an instantaneous trigger. This is untrue - with consistent and focussed practice we can access the PSNS as well. Feelings of power and safety can be a "Surrender Sigh" away.





“When I came to David for help for my anxiety I was having two to three panic attacks a day. After one month of sessions with David I was down to one panic attack every two or three days. After three months of sessions I was experiencing one panic attack a week. And after six months of David’s sessions, my attacks would happen once a month at most. Since then my episodes have been, for the most part, a thing of the past. I have continued to use David’s ingenious and creative methods for controlling my anxiety since then. Thank you so much David, for giving me back control of my life.”

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada



“All I have ever wanted to do was sing. As I am over 60 years of age, and could not match pitch; I was told by one teacher to “take up knitting”. I have also been suffering from panic attacks. Together, Mr. Wilson and I discovered that I was not tone-deaf after all, but that I had learned to shut off my ears and reverse my breathing (tightening my abdominal muscles inward during inhaling) due to emotional abuse I suffered as a child. Mr. Wilson led me through a process that helped me move past these troubles, joyfully, and safely. My panic attacks are now a thing of the past, I can breath powerfully and match pitch, and recently I passed my Grade 3 Toronto Conservatory Exam.”

Calgary, Alberta, Canada