Would you like support to achieve any of the following goals with PANIC?
- Overcome recurrent panic attacks
- Stop feeling like you are losing control
- Get over your fears of specific events
- Give up avoiding certain situations
- Free yourself from panic symptoms (e.g. racing heart, fear of death)
- Resolve stressors that have been triggering attacks
Panic attacks are a combination of psychological and physiological symptoms including stress and anxiety. Panic symptoms can include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, and intense fear. Sometimes stressors occur gradually over time or earlier than symptoms appear, so you may think that your problems are purely physiological. It is common when people initially experience severe physical reactions from panic disorder to think that they are having a heart attack or dying.
However, counseling can help you address the psychological cause while alleviating panic symptoms. The triggers for panic attacks can be due to emotional reactions from a single event or an ongoing situation. Symptoms are the body’s response to intensely fearful thoughts and emotions. By becoming aware of your thoughts and learning to relax and feel at ease about situational triggers, you can break the cycle so that your mind no longer activates such intense visceral reactions.
My approach is informed from providing therapy through private practice and college counseling centers since 2006 using evidence-based treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness counseling. CBT for panic symptoms can help you change your behavioral symptomatic responses and/or address psychological thoughts that are triggering emotional and physical reactions. Mindfulness counseling can train you to relax your body despite challenging situations.
My techniques are direct, easy to learn, and can be applied at home right away. Together we can create goals to help you regain control of your mind and body, so you can feel comfortable in situations that you may have been avoiding. In therapy, you will learn not only how to overcome your identified challenges, but you will also acquire life-long skills that will help you respond to future challenges.