Panic Attacks Therapy
Therapy for Panic Attacks in Vancouver, BC
Panic Attacks can be incredibly overwhelming and frightening experiences. They can strike without warning, leaving you feeling like you are losing control and unable to breathe.
If you have ever had a panic attack, you know how terrifying it can be. The good news is that panic attacks are treatable, and you don’t have to suffer alone. We are here to help.
We understand that panic attacks can be a sign of underlying trauma that you may not even be aware of. Our Vancouver based counsellors use a trauma-informed approach to help you uncover and heal from past experiences that may be triggering your panic attacks.
If you’re struggling with panic attacks, we encourage you to reach out to us today. We are here to help you find the peace and healing you deserve.
Panic Attack Symptoms
Symptoms of panic attacks can vary from person to person and can be both physical and psychological in nature.
Physical symptoms may include:
- Heart palpitations
- shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Sweating, shaking, trembling
- Dizziness, feeling faint.
Psychological symptoms may include:
- Racing or obsessive thoughts
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of dying
- Feeling detached from oneself
- A sense of impending doom
- Worrying about future panic attacks
Behavioral indications of panic attacks can include:
- Avoiding situations or places that have triggered panic attacks in the past
- Avoiding situations that may trigger future panic attacks (e.g., avoiding crowded spaces or long lines)
- Using safety behaviors such as carrying medication
Trying to escape from a situation during a panic attack
It’s important to note that while panic attack symptoms can be frightening and debilitating, they are not life-threatening. With appropriate treatment, people can learn to manage their symptoms and regain control over their lives.
Treatment for Panic Attacks
Therapy for Panic Disorder can be incredibly beneficial for people struggling with anxiety and panic attacks. Here’s how:
- Develop Emotional Awareness: By becoming more aware of your emotions, you can learn to identify the triggers that lead to panic attacks. Therapy can help you explore your emotional responses, gain insight into your thought patterns, and learn new coping strategies to manage your anxiety.
- Process Trauma and Negative Experiences: Therapy can provide a safe and supportive space to work through traumatic experiences or negative events that may be contributing to your panic attacks. By processing these experiences in therapy, you can release the emotional pain and build resilience.
- Foster Positive Emotions: Therapy can help you focus on positive experiences and build positive emotional states, which can help manage stress and anxiety more effectively. By cultivating positive emotions like joy, gratitude, and compassion, you can learn to shift your focus away from anxiety and panic and toward a more fulfilling life.
- Build Resilience: Through therapy, you can learn to regulate your emotions and build adaptive coping skills. This can help you overcome panic attacks and other challenges, and live a more fulfilling life. By building resilience, you can also develop greater self-esteem and confidence, which can have a positive impact on many areas of your life.
At our Vancouver clinic, we provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their feelings and work through their struggles. Our trauma-informed therapists use evidence-based techniques such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Interventions
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Somatic Experiencing
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
If you are struggling with panic attacks or anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support. We are here to help you achieve greater peace and well-being. Contact our Vancouver clinic today to learn more about counselling for panic attacks.
Book a complimentary consultation with one of our Anxiety counsellors today. we look forward to hearing from you
here are some resources for people with panic disorder in BC, Canada:
- AnxietyBC:Provides free online self-help courses, tools, and tips, as well as access to low-cost or subsidized counseling and therapy services. Helpline: 1-800-670-4673.
- BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services: Provides a range of mental health services, including treatment and support for people with anxiety and panic disorders.
- Canadian Mental Health Association– BC Division: Provides education, support, and advocacy for people with mental health issues.
- Fraser Health Authority: Offers a range of mental health services, including treatment and support for people with panic disorder.
- Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: Provides a range of mental health services, including treatment and support for people with panic disorder.
- Anxiety Canada: Anxiety Canada is a non-profit organization that provides education, resources, and treatment options for people with anxiety disorders, including panic disorder. You can visit their website or call their helpline at 1-888-223-2252.
“There is a wisdom in trauma when we realize that our traumatic responses and imprints are not ourselves and that we can work them through and thus become ourselves.”