Therapy for Panic Attacks

If you are affected by panic attacks then you can find yourself struggling with day to day life. Dependent upon the severity of the attacks, you may even find yourself avoiding any place or action that triggers the feelings. The more this continues to happen, the more sever the panic attacks can become.

Fight or flight

The first step towards dealing with this condition is to understand what is going on. A therapist or counsellor will explain to you that there is nothing physically wrong and that your body is experiencing a ‘fight or flight’ type of response and the associated feelings. Once you can begin to realise why you are feeling this way, you are already on the way towards treating your panic disorder.

Therapy for this type of panic attack is usually done on a 1-2-1 basis with your psychoanalyst recommending a certain amount of sessions in order to deal with and tackle the issue. They will normally concentrate on the use of coping strategies along with imagery and relaxation techniques. You will be able to use these when you feel a panic attack coming on in order to lessen the amount of emotional fear and physiological distress.

Talking is good

Taking the time to discuss any fears that you have with the panic attack counsellor will be very helpful and will help to build a good relationship between you. Often a cognitive approach will be introduced along with gradual exposure to the situation or event that is triggering your feelings if your analyst feels it is relevant.

Much will depend upon your personal issues, what is bringing about the panic attack and how severely it is affecting your life, both at home and work. If you would like us to put you in touch with a counsellor that can help you to deal with your panic attacks, fill in the form below. We will identify a practitioner that is suitable for you and who will be able to assist.