Counselling Ely

Counselling and Hypnotherapy Ely

Jessica Penberth BSc (Hons), Ad. Dip. CP MNCS (Acc), Dip. Hyp MHS, Dip. S. Studies, Dip. Child Couns.

Panic Attacks and Phobias

Panic Attacks


Panic attacks are periods when the sufferer experiences sudden periods of extreme anxiety, causing emotional symptoms such as fear, feeling out of control or irrationality and physical symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, racing pulse and shortness of breath.

Sufferers of panic attacks are experiencing the body’s natural reaction towards a dangerous situation, known as the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism although the trigger of the panic attack may not be apparent or logical to another person. Panic attacks can be extremely frightening and can have a major impact on the everyday live of the sufferer.

Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy  and the Emotional Freedom Technique can help the sufferer to learn how to deal with a panic attack at its onset so that the sufferer is back in control and able to deal with the situation. The cause of the panic attacks is also addressed so that the trigger of the attacks is no longer a threat to the sufferer. Do you know someone whose life is a challenge because of their panic attacks?

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Phobias can take many forms but the overall symptom of a phobia is a fear of the object or focus of the phobia, causing at best embarrassment and at worst, taking over the whole of a person’s life.

Phobias can be split into three generalised forms:-

Social Phobia where a person suffers from a social anxiety disorder, for instance, an inability to eat in public

Specific phobias where a person fears a specific object, causing a panic attack, for instance, spiders, snakes, dogs, elevators, water, flying etc.

Agoraphobia where a person has a fear of leaving home or a small familiar 'safe' area, and of possible panic attacks that might follow.

Phobias are usually created as a learned response to one or a number of stimuli over a period of time. The phobia may relate directly to the trigger i.e. being bitten by a dog brings a fear of dogs or the phobia may have a more indirect route for instance having a bad experience whilst being stood next to a red car may trigger a phobia of red cars. Phobias can also be learned by watching other people’s reactions to an object.

Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, combined with the Emotional Freedom Technique can be very effective at helping people to overcome their fears by treating the anxiety caused by the trigger and also by re-training the mind to remember the original trigger in a way that does not create anxiety.

Are you letting your phobia control your life? Take control by booking your session now.

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