Panic Attacks & Anxiety Attacks
Treatment

Dallas Richardson Plano

By Steve B. Reed, LPC, LMSW, LMFT

treatment for panic attacks and anxiety attacks

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks no longer have to be a burden that causes you suffering.  During the last 15 years, advances in counseling and psychotherapy are starting to make panic attacks more treatable than ever before.  Yet many people continue to suffer needlessly. 

The Distressing Symptoms of Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Tension
  • Feeling trapped
  • A choking feeling
  • Fear of dying
  • Feeling out of control
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling sensations
  • A strong sense of threat, even when there is no clear or present danger
  • Worry about “losing it” in public 
  • Stomach tightness or queasiness
  • Tightness or pressure in the chest
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Panic attacks can be resolved with an effective 3-step approach:

  1. Steve helps you find the underlying source of your panic attacks.  These are experiences that have become locked in the emotional midbrain.
  2. He shows you how to systematically retrain your brain so that you are free from panic and the distressing symptoms.
  3. He also teaches you powerful tools that you can use to calm and soothe your nervous system when you are in any situation that has previously triggered panic.

You can learn to free yourself sooner than you may think.

Steve will be happy to discuss your individual situation with you by phone and answer any questions that you may have regarding treatment before you schedule an appointment.

Treatment is $170 per session (45- 50 minutes).  You will receive an insurance receipt that you can submit to seek insurance reimbursement.

Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks Treatment Examples

  • Imagine that you are a high-powered business professional who has been under a rising level of stress.  After a particularly stressful meeting in New York, you are pushed nearly to your limit.  Then on a return flight to Dallas, one additional stressor becomes the last straw, the one that breaks the camel’s back.  You exceed your coping capacity and then it feels like out of the blue you are overpowered by a terrifying panic attack.

  • Or perhaps you are on a business trip to Japan, when all of a sudden the earth shakes violently and you see the ground buckle as street lights lean back and forth at 45 degree angles.  People fall to the shaking earth terrified.  You have your first panic attack.

These are actual cases that illustrate different ways that panic and anxiety attacks can form.  These are also examples of two different cases that Steve has successfully treated.

In cases like these, people often end up in the emergency room thinking that they are having a heart attack.  Later the physician tells them that the heart is fine and that what they experienced was a panic attack.  This can be shocking to many people because they cannot imagine how panic attacks and anxiety attacks can produce such intense physical sensations.

To make matters worse, whatever is present in the environment when you experience a panic attack then becomes a trigger in the future that activates the “fight or flight” reflex and many of the same sensations of intense anxiety.

What Does Not Work

This type of distress is so intense that it gets encoded in the primitive emotional midbrain.  This is a part of the brain that is so primitive that it is unable to work with language.  As a result, language-based counseling (what 99% of the counselors and psychologists are trained to use) does not work.

Medication only sedates the nervous system.  It does not correct the underlying problem.

What Can Help Panic Attacks and Anxiety Attacks

What is needed is a set of treatment approaches that will directly treat the part of the brain involved in panic and anxiety attacks. 

This is exactly what Steve provides to the people that he treats.  You will get to work with the latest breakthroughs in the field of counseling and psychotherapy.  This includes evidence-based interventions such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy and EMDR as well as leading-edge innovations based on the latest research such as Quick REMAP.

To schedule an appointment for help or to learn more, call Steve at 972-997-9955.
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