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

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
 

I am trained in methods to reduce the distress that a person feels surrounding panic disorder. The irony of panic is that the acceptance and welcoming of it is how one heals. I will teach you techniques to ground yourself in the moment and recognize what is going on with your body when you are experiencing a panic attack. You don't have to suffer any longer.

— Cornelia Seiffert, Clinical Social Worker
 

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

I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. All of these modalities are proven to be effective treatment options for panic attacks. Most importantly, I have lived experience with anxiety and panic...and lived recovery. I know what the cycle of fear and panic feels like deeply from the inside and I know how to help people out of it.

— Chelsea O'Day-Navis, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

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 Capitola, CA

Treating panic is a central focus of my practice. I have personal experience with panic attacks, and have personally developed the coping skills necessary to prevent or navigate panic with confidence. It is so fulfilling to share these tools with a panicking client. I draw not only from personal experience and trial and error, but also from the latest research and decades of theory and practice. Panic is such a passion of mine that I am currently writing a book on the subject!

— Lizzy Ball, Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

Is it a heart attack? Am I dying? I feel so much pressure on my chest and feel like I'm about to pass out. These symptoms of panic are not to be taken lightly. They are terrible and often others don't understand how you are feeling and might think you are overreacting. Minimizing the risk of future panic attacks and knowing how to act during a panic attack is important and I will show you the skills to help get you on the right path.

— Tarah Holcomb, Licensed Professional Counselor in Leedey, OK

I help people with panic attacks. Regressing to the first time it happened (usually during childhood) and healing their inner child, forgiving themselves and others and cutting cords with the past. I also teach them the power of their breath and how they can use it to overcome anything in their lives.

— Merry Akiki, Hypnotherapist in Beirut, AL
 

All of us have fear, whether it be emotionally-based or fear survival instinct that has become overwhelming, flooding our body with anxiety & panic attacks. Many of us have in many ways told ourselves a story that we should not be or feel a certain way, which causes conflict and stress in the body & mind. Together, we work with mindfulness techniques and body-centered practices to regulate fear & anxiety as well as recognizing the thoughts that fuel your fears.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,