Panic Attacks2021-07-21T02:36:12+00:00

Panic Attacks

Everyone feels anxious once in a while, especially when faced in situations of pressure or unpreparedness. It’s a typical reaction from human beings. However, there are severe disorders associated with anxiety, and one of these is a panic attack. Panic attacks could be the reason why you often find it hard to breathe or your heart pounds uncontrollably. While some panic attacks are manageable and can only last for minutes, some are severe and can even last for hours. If you have severe panic attacks, your daily activities are compromised.

What Are The Symptoms of Panic Attacks?

With the similarity of its symptoms, telling if you’re suffering from panic attacks or if you’re just plain worried can be difficult. It can be hard to seek help if you don’t know what you’ll be addressing in the first place. These are the symptoms of panic attacks:

  • Having palpitations or accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Feelings of choking
  • Chills and heat sensations
  • Cheat pain
  • Nausea, dizziness, light-headedness
  • Having feelings of unreality (Derealization)

What are Treatments for Panic Attacks?

There are different treatments available to address panic attacks. The frequency and the severity of the attacks can become your basis on what treatment to choose:

  • Cognitive Behavior Theory (CBT): this treatment focuses on the sufferer’s thinking patterns and behavior. A therapist or psychologist will work with the sufferer in knowing what usually triggers the panic attacks.
  • Exposure Therapy: in this therapy, the sufferer is exposed to whatever triggers the attacks but within in a controlled and safe environment. Sessions can include the sufferer being asked to hold their breath or even hyperventilate just to imitate the symptoms of a panic attack.
  • Medications: several medicines are available for sufferers to temporarily reduce the symptoms of a panic disorder. However, medical treatments are often short-term help and will not solve the problem. It’s not advisable to only take medications to help the sufferer, but it’s best to combine this with other treatments.

How Can We Help You?

People Psychology psychologists are professionals who can help you with your concerns on panic attacks. We’ll work with you before, during and after your treatment plan to give you the support you need. Our psychologists will communicate with you to guarantee that no matter how intense your panic attacks could get, you’ll have the support and power you need to work you through it. We’ll continually work on changing how you see your fear and anxiety so it’s not as frightening anymore.

Our team understands that the cause of your panic attacks is unique and different from everybody else, that’s why our services are molded based on your personal needs. Regardless of the severity of your panic attacks, you’ll be taken care of if you work with our team. You or your loved ones can move past the drawbacks of panic attacks.

Let Us Help You Overcome Your Panic Attacks

Panic attacks can be frightening, but with our help you can start to lessen your attacks and start to live your life again. Call now to book your appointment with one of our professional team members and start your journey on the road to a stress free future.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Counselling?2018-10-12T09:56:40+00:00

Counselling is what you call the process of obtaining insight on various issues by expressing your feelings and thoughts to a trained counsellor or psychologist. Counselling sessions aim to help you comprehend and hopefully resolve issues that cause you distress.

It’s perfectly normal for individuals, families, couples and individuals to seek counselling in order to assess and solve various problems and issues they encounter everyday. Expressing becomes easier for clients because the counsellor is not part of their personal life. Not to mention, since everything said in sessions is confidential, clients have the freedom to express themselves openly.

It is important to understand, however, that a counsellor does not tell you what you should do. They instead try to assist your growth and help you make a move that you are willing to commit to.

Similar to how weight lifters in the gym will gain more progress with the help of a personal trainer, those who try counselling may find themselves moving forward in their lives much more comfortably with guidance. With the help of counsellors, we can gain a better understanding of the various relationships and situations that we experience and encounter throughout our lives.

What is a psychologist?2018-10-12T09:57:33+00:00

Psychologists are by training those who research and study the science involving human behavior. Psychologists need six (6) years of training in order to properly understand human relationships, mental processes, and human behavior. They require four (4) years of basic university training, and two more years in internships and specialisations. As such, psychologists are trained in a wide variety of psychological therapies. They are capable of collaborating with psychiatrists and doctors as needed, given their clients know and consent to these methods.

Do your psychologists write psychological reports?2018-10-12T09:58:19+00:00

Should it be required, we can write psychological reports for instances such as TACs, Work Cover, and court proceedings. These reports are charged separately, and in addition to our psychological consultations.

Is Counselling Confidential?2018-10-12T09:58:59+00:00

Absolutely! Everything you say and express will be confidential and private. The only exceptions to this situation is if you may be at risk of harming others and yourself, or when the law subpoenas your file.

What can I expect from my first counselling session?2018-10-12T09:59:43+00:00

There’s nothing to prepare for if you’re on your way to your first session. Psychologists work by conversing with you, which means much of your first session will be about you trying to describe the problem you’re facing and why it led you to seek psychological counselling. Should you feel lost, psychologists are there to ask questions and help you on your way – with questions regarding when the problem started, what you hope to gain from the session, and what motivated you to seek help.

How many counselling sessions will I need?2018-10-12T10:00:28+00:00

Everyone has different problems, and as such everyone will have different ranges of counselling sessions. These depend on the circumstances surrounding your reason for counselling in the first place. Sometimes, some people come for just a few sessions while others come regularly. You are in fact free to stop attending these sessions just as you are free to resume them at any point in the future. This is an option people may take when problems appear given counselling is an easy way for them to access mentors. It’s much easier when you tackle your problems with the same counsellor as this is someone who knows you very well.

What are your opening hours?2018-10-12T10:01:13+00:00

Our opening hours are 9AM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, and 9AM to 5PM on Saturdays.

How much will it cost?2018-10-12T10:01:55+00:00

Our rates fall in the middle ground when compared with the rates of a full range of psychological practices. For details on our pricing, phone us at People Psychology Brighton on 03 9133 0996.

Can I get a Medicare or Private Health Insurance rebate?2019-02-20T01:43:02+00:00

Yes. People Psychology provides Medicare Rebates and Private Health Insurance Rebates. To find out more, please contact us.

How do I get my rebate?2018-10-12T10:03:28+00:00

We can process relevant cards on our Hicaps machine at the end of your session. This will send your rebate to your savings account.

What type of counselling and therapy do you use?2018-10-12T10:04:12+00:00

Similar to many psychologists, we select counselling and therapy from a wide range of approaches and techniques. These all depend on what approach seems to best serve the needs of our clients.

These may include: Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Hypnosis, Emotion Focused, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Schema Therapy, Solutions-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

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