Your Path to Overcoming Panic Attacks

Relieving Panic Attacks

Getting Help with Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are like unexpected storms, with intense fear and physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, and dizziness. These episodes can happen anywhere and anytime, casting a shadow over daily life and well-being. Imagine feeling a sudden, overwhelming dread during a routine activity, disrupting your life and feeling out of control.

Over the years, many people have described the horror of panic attacks to me. Unfortunately, if you have had one panic attack, then it’s easy to worry about having another, and you can reinforce a pattern of anticipatory fear.

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Are you having panic attacks?

If you have 4 or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering with panic attacks so contact your doctor for a health check to rule out any medical issue.

Signs and symptoms of a panic attack

  • A sudden, scary episode that lasts about 10 minutes
  • Palpitations and a pounding heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Difficulty breathing and a tight feeling across your chest
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Lightheaded, feeling dizzy and faint
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Tingling in your fingers
  • Feeling detached from the world around you
  • A fear of losing control
  • A fear of dying

Hypnotherapy: A Research-Backed Approach to Relieving Panic Attacks

Hypnotherapy, a scientifically supported method, uses the power of suggestion in a relaxed state to alter thought patterns, behaviours, and perceptions related to panic attacks. Research has shown that through hypnotherapy, individuals can learn to relax their minds and body, directly addressing the symptoms of panic. It’s akin to learning to calm the mental waters before the storm hits.

Now consider the story of Anna, who frequently experienced panic attacks in crowded places. She told me about going to the supermarket one day. She got out of the car to walk to the supermarket door when she suddenly felt overwhelmed by the many shoppers rushing around with their trollies. She couldn’t breathe properly and froze.

Her husband was worried and asked her what was happening, but for a minute or two, she couldn’t speak as she felt dizzy and had a feeling of doom and gloom. These negative thoughts and feelings passed rapidly, but she couldn’t do the shopping that day. Her husband insisted that she went to see her doctor. (I recommend this before coming to see me).


No medical cause was found for her panic attacks. The doctor thought her anxiety and panic attacks were due to the stress of work. Anna was offered antidepressants, but she didn’t want to take medications.

Anna came to see me. I helped her learn relaxation techniques and new ways to reduce her work stress and perceive crowded spaces through hypnotherapy. She realised that she had been trying to please everyone at work, which made her feel more stressed. With hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the process not only reduced her anxiety but also quickly lessened the frequency and intensity of her panic attacks. Consequently, after four sessions, the panic attacks stopped.

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Counselling: Unpacking Triggers and Strategies

For some people, counselling, particularly cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), plays a crucial role in managing panic attacks. CBT helps in identifying and challenging irrational thoughts that often trigger panic. It provides practical strategies for coping with and eventually reducing the occurrence of these episodes. Counselling offers a way of exploring many aspects of your life that may contribute to anxiety and panic attacks. Six or more sessions of CBT without hypnosis are not uncommon.

I remember Tony. He feared going into a lift (elevator). Thoughts of going into that confined space made him feel uncomfortable, but if he unexpectedly had to go up in a lift, he would start trembling, breathing rapidly, and start panicking. He tried all sorts of avoidance tactics. For example, he only travelled between floors in a departmental store on the escalator, never the lift. He avoided visiting anyone living in an apartment block and always chose the stairs when visiting official offices in high buildings.

Through counselling using psychoeducation, gradual exposure, and desensitisation techniques, I helped him overcome his fear. Although he didn’t love going into lifts, he now could do this without panic.
You might relate to these stories and experiences as you learn about these approaches. This understanding is the first step in acknowledging the impact of panic attacks on your life and the potential for change.

The Way Forward

There are other ways to help, such as education, acupuncture and other complementary therapies. Still, I hope that the success stories of hypnotherapy and counselling might inspire hope and desire for a similar transformation in your life. Knowing that there are practical, research-backed methods to manage and overcome panic attacks can be a powerful motivator.

If you’re ready to embark on this journey, consider contacting me. Taking this step is not just about seeking help; it’s about empowering yourself to regain control and live a life free from the fear of panic attacks.

Finally, panic attacks don’t have to define your life. With the proper support and techniques, you can navigate these challenges towards a future marked by peace and control. Hypnotherapy and counselling offer practical, effective paths to manage these attacks, bringing you closer to the life you desire.

Note: This article is a general guide and not a substitute for getting professional medical advice if you have panic attacks.

Hypnotherapy Prices

NB All payments to be made online before the session or programme or on the day only if in person in my office.

How to Book

Unlike some therapists, I want to make sure you get the right therapy before you buy.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation so we can get to know each other first.

Hypnotherapy Sessions at My Practice

If you live in or around the Bournemouth area, you may prefer to visit my practice for your hypnotherapy sessions.

I provide a safe, relaxing and calm environment where we can start to overcome your anxiety. The practice is easy to find, and plenty of free parking is available, as well as being on local bus routes.

However, your first free consultation will always be online, and many of my clients find this works better for them.

Online Hypnotherapy

Online hypnotherapy is worth considering, especially if you find it hard to travel or live outside the Bournemouth area.

I have been trained in providing online hypnotherapy and have clients from around the world. Providing you have access to a private internet connection and webcam; there is no reason why this wouldn't work for you.

Online hypnosis has many benefits, which include cost-effectiveness, comfort and practicality.

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