People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated panic attacks. Panic attacks, which generally last several minutes, are characterized by an intense and irrational fear of disaster or of losing control. A person experiencing a panic attack often also has strong physical symptoms that may feel like having a heart attack. The frequency and severity of panic attacks vary widely from person to person. Because panic attacks can occur suddenly and without warning, it is common for people with panic disorder to be stressed out about the possibility of having another attack. Panic attacks and panic disorder can be incapacitating and seriously interfere with life. Panic disorder sometimes runs in families and is more common in women than in men. Visiting a mental health professional can help you identify the causes of panic disorder and is an important first step in treatment.
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I am experienced in helping clients reduce the symptoms of panic and empowering you with the skills/tools to prevent panic attacks. What has worked really well: Using a combination of Psychoeducation, Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness, and Body-Based counseling to--- identify triggers/ physical symptoms; and develop the self-awareness/understanding/breath necessary to calm your nervous system.
Panic attacks cause some of the worst feelings you can experience as a human being. I myself have suffered with panic attacks since the age of 14 and it is actually what inspired me to become a therapist. I can help you learn tools that will easily help reduce the frequency and duration of your panic attacks and have a much better quality of life.
I take an active somatic approach to helping kids cope with panic attacks. We laugh a lot as we learn about belly breathing, bee breaths, mindful thought clouds, fight or flight, and anxiety monsters. We even go through exposure therapy as we mimic panic attacks in session by running stairs and get used to the sensations of an excited body.
Panic attacks are extremely uncomfortable and frightening experiences. However they are physically harmless to you and can be resolved relatively quickly with treatment.
Panic feels scary and overwhelming, but it can often be addressed with skills so you can get some quick relief. I help clients learn tools to help regulate their stress response, and also address underlying automatic responses that keep panic going. Counseling for panic can help you rebuild trust in yourself and help you find joy again in engaging in your life.