CBT Therapy for Panic Attacks in Orlando | Anxiety CBT Specialists
At Groundwork Counseling in Orlando, we provide specialized therapy to individuals struggling with panic disorder. Our treatments include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques and are rooted in the science of evidence-based treatment. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals recognize how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. Through this understanding, CBT works to modify dysfunctional thinking patterns which can lead to panic attacks or panic symptoms.
Left untreated, panic disorder can have a significant impact on daily life. Panic attacks are sudden and overwhelming surges of intense fear or panic that can last anywhere from minutes to hours. During panic attacks, people may experience physical symptoms such as difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, chest pain, trembling, sweating, nausea and chills. People with panic disorder often live in fear of another attack occurring and experience anticipatory anxiety in addition to panic attacks. This can lead to avoiding certain places or activities out of fear which can further limit someone’s quality of life. As panic attacks increase in frequency and intensity over time without treatment, so does the frustration and anxiety associated with living with panic disorder, often impacting daily life significantly.
Common symptoms of Panic Disorder / Panic Attacks
- Severe and rapid onset of physiological anxiety symptoms such as: fast heartbeat, chest pain, shortness of breath, trembling, sweating, chills, and nausea
- Avoidance of certain activities or places
- Anticipatory anxiety prior to events
- Living in fear of another panic attack occurring
- Feelings of impending doom
- Inability to regulate emotions or intense fear in certain situations
How Does CBT Help Panic Attacks / Panic Disorder?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective approach to treating panic disorder that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors related to panic attacks. With the help of our qualified and effective therapists, these therapies can be used together or separately to maximize progress toward recovery from panic disorder. If you’re suffering from panic disorder or anxiety attacks, CBT can help you develop the skills and knowledge to manage panic symptoms in day-to-day life.
At Groundwork Counseling in Central Florida, we provide compassionate and evidence-based treatment to help individuals struggling with panic disorder. Contact us today for more information about our panic treatment services. We look forward to helping you reclaim control of your life.
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Finding The Right Help
It is important to interview your prospective therapist to find out if they are trained in CBT, and where they received their training. Some therapists are better at treating anxiety disorders than others. Their answers to your questions will be a good guide for you. You can begin by asking them about what types of techniques they use to treat anxiety. If the therapist doesn’t mention Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or if they are vague, use caution. Be cautious of therapists who say that they use CBT but who won’t be specific in their techniques, or mention techniques such as ‘breathing/relaxation’ as these are not part of true CBT treatment. Be sure to ask about your therapists training and background in treating anxiety. A positive sign would be membership of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, or a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists (ABCT). Look for therapists who have sought post-graduate specialized training or certification in CBT and can provide you information regarding where they received their training.
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What Is “Panic Disorder”
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