Panic

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

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Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Your body is talking! And it wants you to listen. Our bodies and our brains work in tandem warning you of danger. Sometimes, our bodies perceive we are in danger even when we're not. A panic attack is a warning sign to fight, fight, or freeze! Together we will uncover undigested trauma, triggers, patterns, and nervous system regulation. Using EMDR, somatic, and embodiment practices you will start to notice what your body is trying to say and honor what it needs.

— Ivonne Melgar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sacramento, CA

I help clients manage panic attacks with grounding exercises. When the client is ready, we explore the root cause of the panic disorder. Panic disorder has a biological component . It is nothing to be ashamed of, and it can not be ignored.

— Tammy Whitt, Counselor
 

Tingly fingers, feeling fuzzy, racing and sometimes scary thoughts, pounding heart... sound familiar? sound awful? A panic attack survivor myself, I know all too well how scary, exhausting, and bewildering panic attacks can be. Work can suffer, daily life, sleep, your social life - you name it. Even your self esteem can take a hit. Rest assured, panic attacks are treatable. Let's get to the bottom of it, and grow some new skills and confidence so that your panic is a thing of the past.

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

Panic attacks can be debilitating, but they are treatable. I address panic disorders using a proven formula in addition to ACT for anxiety.

— Jessica Brohmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA
 

I've been working with clients to manage panic attacks for several years now, and I find it to be some of the most rewarding work. We will collaborate to determine the treatment approach that is best suited to your unique experience with panic. From there, we will set you on the path to living your life without fear of being derailed by panic attacks.

— Natasha Brooks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I have had extensive experience working with those who have panic disorder and I am proficient in exposure therapies, ACT therapy and REBT (all extremely effective and useful with panic disorder). I work with clients "where they are at" and with "baby steps" together we can get you to the point where you can manage and control your panic attacks and often have long periods (even years!) of no panic attacks. You may reach these goals without the use of medication!

— Deborah Fatone, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Panic/anxiety attacks are the body’s way of telling us there is a threat. Usually, in the 21st century, this threat isn’t a bear that will eat us (we aren’t hunter-gatherers anymore!). This threat can be financial issues, relationship conflicts, stress, or anxiety). We discuss your sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system arousal, and effective strategies to reduce these panic attacks. They can happen spontaneously, so we analyze your triggers first.

— Kristen Casey, Psychologist
 

Dr. Tslil Feinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY30632) in San Diego, California specializing in sleep, trauma, and anxiety-related disorders. She has trained at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) Hoarding and Anxiety Lab before spending a year at the SDSU Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety where she received extensive training in evidence-based therapy for a range of anxiety disorders including panic attacks, OCD, hoarding, GAD, PTSD, and social phobia.

— Dr. Tslil Feinberg, Clinical Psychologist