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

Panic can be absolutely terrifying, especially when it comes out of nowhere. The sudden surge of panic is frightening and you feel like you can't get control of it. I've worked with folks who suffered from panic so severely they couldn't even go to the grocery store on their own. I've taught them the skills necessary to move forward from panic and to start living life again, panic-free. I can help you too.

— Shannon Mosher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kingwood, TX
 

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 have been treating Anxiety, OCD and related disorders for more than 14 years. In addition to working in my private practice I work in the UCLA OCD intensive treatment program for adults and have trained in the UCLA Anxiety, OCD and Tic Disorders clinic. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders using exposure and response prevention therapy.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

I have extensive experience with anxiety disorders, chronic worry, and panic attacks. As someone who had her first panic attack at age 14, I can not only empathize with people who struggle with anxiety, but have learned many amazing tips and tricks along the way in my own journey towards health!

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

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
 

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

I have treated many clients who struggle with panic attacks. I have experience utilizing somatic experiencing, mindfulness, breath-work, and DBT when treating panic attacks. I focus on calming the Sympathetic Nervous System.

— Ali Mills, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder. This form of intervention entails both behavioral exercises (exposure) and cognitive work (addressing beliefs and thought patterns that maintain the disorder).

— Michael Greenberg, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

Panic is an extreme form of anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the gold standard for treating panic disorders.

— Linda Ritchie, Psychologist in Reston, VA
 

Racing thoughts, feeling caged in, heart racing, difficulty focusing, shallow breathing- these are a handful of the symptoms one might experience during a panic attack. I have the utmost empathy for patients experiencing the incredible discomforts of anxiety and panic. My experience and training in multiple evidence-based approaches will help you better understand, manage and prevent the recurrence or escalation of these uncomfortable symptoms.

— Jennifer Bearden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker