Mental Health Counselling for Panic Disorder – Available in Wolverhampton and Online
A Panic Disorder can be a very frightening experience and might just seem to happen for no apparent reason, at any time and to have a lasting impact.
Commonly, people suffering from Panic Disorder experience feelings of being totally out of control, perhaps developing a sense that they might pass out, or even believe that they are going to die.
Despite the strength and severity of these feelings it IS possible to learn how to manage this type of problem, and with the right kind of help, to be able to totally overcome them.
Panic Disorders are in fact a kind of “blown out of proportion” version of a normal physiological response to a “trigger”, usually some sort of threat, or perceived threat, to the person.
Whenever we encounter a situation that we believe represents a threat to our safety, the body “prepares itself” to respond to that danger by firstly flushing Adrenalin into the bloodstream just in case we need to get out of the situation quickly.
The actual process that we go through is known as the “Freeze, Flight or Fight” response (previously labelled as “fight or flight” but this is now known to be slightly incorrect).
This response is known as a “Limbic” response and occurs at a subconscious level.
Thousands of years ago our Ancestors would have found this response very useful in order to survive the dangers that were present, but of course many of those dangers do not exist today (when did you last encounter a Sabre Toothed Tiger?) and so the response is not so helpful any more.
Despite this fact, we are still “hard-wired” to react this way to “danger” whether that danger is REAL or IMAGINED.
The Effect of Panic Disorder On Our Bodies
What this means is that our bodies still produce this “rush” of Adrenalin which has the following effects on our body chemistry:
- Our muscles become tense ready to respond
- Our rate of breathing increases in order to get more oxygen into the bloodstream as a source of energy for the muscles
- Heart rate increases to pump that blood to the parts where it is needed
- Non-vital body parts can become “starved” of this blood leaving them feeling “cold” and “pale”
- The digestive system slows down (saliva glands stop producing saliva) causing a dry mouth
- Our senses become highly alerted to danger and even the slightest sound can cause a reaction
All of these reactions tell us that “something is wrong” and if there appears to be no obvious reason why our bodies are reacting in this way, (there is no Tiger about to leap on us) then we may become confused.
Treatment for Panic Disorder
Once you have ruled out any potential physiological causes to your panic attacks, we would normally meet and discuss the problem with you at our Confidential initial consultation during which we will try to establish several factors, for example:
- Do you suffer from any phobias?
- Are you aware of any earlier, perhaps childhood, traumas or significant emotional experiences?
- Are there any specific thoughts associated with the panic attacks?
- What normally “triggers” the panic attacks?
- How severe or debilitating are your panic attacks?
We offer a range of Brief Directive Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Therapy to treat Panic Disorders here at our clinic in Wombourne, Wolverhampton.
In general, Panic Disorder related conditions respond well to Directive Therapy – (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & the Thrive Programme) – as well as Psychodynamic Therapy – (Psychoanalysis) – so when it comes to deciding the best choice of therapy for your problem, your own personal history will play a central role in helping you to decide.
As a guide, if you have suffered from a Panic Disorder for a significant number of years and on reflection may have experienced bouts of Panic since your childhood, then you might be best advised to undertake a course of Psychoanalytic therapy.
If, on the other hand, your Panic Disorder problems are more recent and on the whole you have been free from the symptoms for extended periods of your life, then you might benefit more from one of the briefer, “directive” type interventions such as CBT or Thrive.
Initial Consultations for Panic Disorder
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your panic disorder problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes
Why not drop us an e-mail to find out if we can help before arranging your initial assessment or, if you prefer, leave us a message on our Facebook page: facebook.com/tranceformational/ and we’ll get back to you to arrange a mutual date and time.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.