Online Therapy for Panic Attacks
Mindfulness Therapy for Panic Attacks Online via Skype
Struggling with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Fear?
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Hello there! My name is Peter Strong of the Boulder Center for Mindfulness Therapy. Now, many of the people who seek my assistance here either in the office or online through Skype sessions come to me suffering from panic attacks and panic anxiety. This is by far the most common form of emotional suffering that people encounter in their lives.
Now, in the last few years or so more and more people have been seeking Mindfulness Therapy for their Panic Attacks and General Anxiety over the internet using Skype, as I say, which works extremely well, and there are many studies that show it to be equally effective to in-person therapy. And in some ways, it is even better than in-person therapy, because the client feels more empowered and in charge of the process.
Any how, I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to describe to you a little bit about what Mindfulness Therapy is and some of the essential principles of how to work with your anxiety, and particularly with your panic attacks. Panic attack anxiety is very, very painful. It is one of the most painful forms of emotions that a person can experience. I know this from personal experience as well as from working with people. It is very distressing. Out natural reaction to distressing emotions like this is, of course, to run away from them, or to avoid them, or to indulge in a whole range of secondary reactivity - Thinking about the fear, worrying about how you are going to cope if the panic attack should occur, what people are going to think about you, and so on - And this starts to spin out of control and people suffering panic attacks can literally just close down entirely.
When we work with panic anxiety here in the office or online through Skype sessions, the first and most essential principle of Mindfulness Therapy is learning how to sit with that emotion, with that feeling. The term, "sitting" is a very nice term and it describes the process very well. It's like sitting with a friend or a child who is in pain, in which you are basically there, being very present with an open mind and an open heart. The attitude of friendliness is absolutely essential.
So, when you are encountering panic anxiety, what really helps is if you can take a few minutes and start to explore how to sit with that feeling as you experience it in your body and in your mind as if it was a child in pain, crying for your attention. And in many ways, that is the function of mental pain or suffering. It is there to attract our attention. It's saying, "Look over here!" and the skillful response to anxiety of all kinds is to do just that. It is to take the time to look at the anxiety and sit with it without becoming reactive, without getting caught up in the story, the emotional drama, in all the secondary thinking about the pain that you are experiencing.
It is just to create a space inside in which you are sitting with that pain and being fully present. When you do this, you are creating the right internal conditions that allow that anxiety to begin to change itself. One of the second principles of Mindfulness Therapy is that we understand that our mind is more than capable of solving the problem of emotional anxiety. Our psyche has the skills, the intelligence, and all that it needs to heal emotional suffering, in the same way that our body has the skills and bodily intelligence it needs to heal a physical wound - a cut or a graze. However, in order for the psyche, that is the Big Mind, the intuitive mind, not the thinking mind, but the deeper intuitive aspect of our mind. In order for it to begin to start healing anxiety it has to have freedom; freedom in which to change. This freedom, which allows an emotion to begin its own transformation and healing is exactly what we are providing through mindfulness.
Mindfulness, as I define it in my book, 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation' is engaged-presence, is that quality of being really, really interested and present for your experience, without getting caught up in reactivity and thinking about the experience, which is not the same as being present. So freedom to change equals presence equals mindfulness. It's hard, it's a hard process, to literally learn how to face your emotions and your suffering in this way. It is hard, but it is possible. It is a process that is guaranteed to lead to beneficial change. So, I invite you to experiment with this by yourself. Learning bit by bit how to sit with your pain and create the right inner conditions that will allow that pain to undergo transformation and healing. If you would like more information or if you would like to talk to me about your panic anxiety, or other forms of anxiety, please send me an email. Visit my website, CounselingTherapyOnline.com. Thank you!
Individual Online Skype Therapy Sessions with Professional Therapist, Author and Teacher, Dr. Peter Strong
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Now you can get effective Online Therapy to help you overcome your Panic Attacks. During these live Skype Sessions you can work directly with Dr. Peter Strong and learn specific methods for the treatment of Panic Disorders.
This approach is quite unique and very different from old-style "talk" therapy. The focus of Mindfulness Therapy is on changing the underlying cause of your panic anxiety and it is really effective.
"You cannot cure panic attack anxiety by fighting it or avoiding it - that only makes things worse. To heal anxiety you must first learn to sit with it without becoming consumed by reactivity. It is only then that genuine healing can take place" - 'The Path of Mindfulness Meditation', by Dr. Peter Strong.
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Do You Suffer from Panic Attacks?
Panic Disorder affects between 3 and 6 million Americans, and is twice as common in women. We all experience panic at some time in our lives, but those suffering from panic disorder experience panic attacks on a daily basis, and this form of anxiety can severely reduce the quality of life, making even simple activities like grocery shopping unmanageable. In its most severe form this crippling form of anxiety can lead to agoraphobia, a very intense fear of going beyond the safety zone of one’s own home. In such severe cases, it is wise to seek help and this Online Counseling Service is one way to get the help you need.
One of the characteristics of panic anxiety is the intense fear of the panic attack itself. Sufferers are deathly afraid of the next panic attack and the sense of losing control, and the social embarrassment that will bring. Some times we feel afraid that the core anxiety is so powerful that it will literally suck us in permanently into a state of madness. Most panic anxiety sufferers recognize that the fear of fear is the biggest problem that they have to overcome and the main source of their emotional suffering.
The fear of losing control proliferates into endless worrying and catastrophic thinking, which intensifies and prolongs the original anxiety. This can lead to tertiary reactivity, which are all the feelings of depression and anger directed at oneself for not being able to cope and which lead to a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.
Symptoms of a Panic Attack
- Shortness of breath
- Choking and gagging
- Racing Heart
- Dry mouth
- Tunnel vision
- Hot or cold flashes
- Tightness in the stomach, chest or neck
If you answer "yes" to these questions then you, like thousands of others are probably suffering from a Panic Anxiety Disorder. But, you do not have to remain victim of your panic disorder because it is quite treatable using the well-respected methods of Mindfulness-based Online Therapy.
Panic attacks typically last 10-20 mins and can be triggered by a variety of external situations or by intrusive inner thoughts that arise to torment us.
Panic anxiety is a combination of psychological and bodily processes. Anxiety, like anger and all emotions involve the whole body and mind.
Often, these physical sensations become quite frightening in themselves and it is not uncommon for sufferers to develop a compulsion around these sensations leading to repeated visits to the doctor. An excessive preoccupation with physical changes in the body is called hypochondriasis or hypochondria, a common feature of people who suffer from repeated panic attacks.
Of course, it is essential to talk to your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions, but at some point you may begin to see that you are a victim of a compulsive fear with no underlying physical problem. This is where it is appropriate to seek psychological help. Some well-respected forms of psychotherapy for Panic Anxiety include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or the more modern Mindfulness Therapy, which has gained a lot of interest in recent years as an effective therapy for anxiety, depression and stress. Mindfulness Therapy is an excellent choice for the treatment of panic attacks.
Mindfulness Therapy, now available online via Skype is a very good choice for changing the underlying cause of your anxiety. It is possible to stop panic anxiety, and a skilled therapist can teach you specific tools for controlling panic attacks. There is no magic cure for panic attacks, but there are certainly some very effective treatments for panic attacks available.
Introduction to Online Mindfulness Therapy for Panic Attacks
Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to work in a constructive way with the underlying fear and anxiety. Trying to convince you that your panic reactions are "irrational" and trying to change them into "rational" reactions seldom works. A person suffering from panic anxiety already knows that his reactions are "irrational." When I work with people I prefer not to use such derogatory terms. What is much more constructive is to see the panic reaction as the rational product of an underlying process, and the key to successful therapy is understanding the structure of that process.
Change the underlying imagery and you can control panic attacks
Of course, panic attacks have a cognitive structure in the form of reactive habitual thoughts and beliefs, and the objective of good therapy is to help you change these thoughts and beliefs. But, to do this we need to understand that cognitive structure depends on emotional energy. This is what gives meaning and power to the thoughts, the fuel that propels the engine or reactive panic thinking. This is what we need to change, and resolving the underlying emotions is the central focus of Mindfulness Therapy. When the emotional structure changes, then the cognitive structure changes and the reactive panic thinking and beliefs simply lose their power and cease to produce an anxiety reaction.
How do we change the core emotional energy that fuels the panic attacks? We need to look at the structure of the emotion itself...
All emotions have an inner structure at the sensory level - not as thoughts but as imagery: color, shape, movement, spacial position and size. When we can see the structure of this inner representation, this inner imagery, then we have something we can change. The rule here is:
Change the imagery and you change the emotion; change the emotion and you change the reactive thinking that sustains the panic attacks
Mindfulness is a very sophisticated awareness tool that allows us to see into the structure of our panic attacks, anxiety, depression, anger or any other emotions and produce a change where it is most needed - at the core of the emotion itself. This is why Mindfulness Therapy is so effective.
Here is a testimonial by a client in which he describes his experiences with Online Mindfulness Therapy for his anxiety panic attacks:
"When I first found Peter's website I had been experiencing panic disorder... I couldn't go to work, and even trips to the corner store were a big challenge. I thought I was going crazy, and that I might lose my job and my fiance. After one meeting with Peter over Skype I already felt like I had hope, and within a few days of putting what I learned into practice I was making big steps towards recovery. After a few more meetings with him, four weeks later, my panic attacks had completely stopped, and have not resurfaced even when presenting to senior executives (public speaking is what originally brought on my panic disorder). I highly recommend Peter to anyone experiencing panic attacks or severe anxiety." - Mike in Toronto.
How Long does Online Therapy for Panic Attacks take before I will see Positive Results?
The Online Mindfulness Therapy treatment for panic disorder that I developed in the 1980s is very focused on changing the underlying cause of your panic attacks and anxiety, that is, the reactive thinking and unresolved emotions. We don't spend an excessive amount of time talking about the panic anxiety, but rather we focus on the underlying process itself. This is why Mindfulness Therapy is so much faster than most traditional "talking therapies." Typically, people see big changes after 3-6 sessions. You will know after the first session if this approach is right for you.
What Happens during an Online Therapy Session?
Online Counseling Therapy sessions are usually 90mins in length. Longer than typical counseling sessions because we need to make time for teaching you the principles of how to apply mindfulness and have plenty of time for doing practical work. Each session builds on the previous session giving you a greater understanding of how to work in a more positive way with your panic attacks.
During the practical work, you will learn how to focus mindful awareness on the underlying panic anxiety itself - without becoming reactive. This is a fundamental skill that you will develop in the first two sessions. It is possible to look at the emotion without becoming overwhelmed by it and without getting lost in the worry thinking that only makes things worse. Instead of reacting, you learn to "sit" with the panic anxiety and this is the foundation for healing and for transformation. It is like trying to help a friend in need. You can't help him if you become equally upset. You need to be able to provide a safe and non-reactive space in which he can express himself. This is what allows him to heal, and it is exactly the same for our emotions. We need to learn to be present with our panic anxiety, without becoming reactive - then the healing begins.
Will Mindfulness Therapy teach me specific techniques to stop a panic attack?
A primary focus of Mindfulness Therapy for Panic Attacks is to stop the underlying reactive processes and resolve the core emotions that cause panic attacks. To compliment there are also specific mindfulness tools that we can learn to manage our panic anxiety during a panic attack. Mindful Breathing is one very effective method for controlling a panic attack as is a technique that I developed called the "Expansion Response".
The Mindfulness Breathing Response for Managing Panic Attacks
All emotions have a structure, that is they depend on certain automatic reactions in the body and mind. A typical physical reaction involves shallow breathing or panting. The point is that this type of breathing is required to maintain a panic attack - it is part of the structure of the panic anxiety reaction. The theory is, and this is confirmed in practice, that if you deliberately change the way you breath then you are changing the structure of the panic emotion, and this will inhibit the emotion and diminish its intensity. In the Mindful Breathing Response technique, you learn to pay very close attention to the full cycle of in and out breathing and experiment in changing each part of the cycle - making the in breath longer, softening the out breath, taking a deeper breath and holding it, etc. With careful attention you can discover specific changes that you can make to your breathing that controls the panic attack. You can literally tune-down the intensity of the attack through modulated breathing.
The Mindfulness Expansion Response for Managing Panic Attacks
A simple but effective mental technique for managing a panic attack in progress.
Panic attacks, like other anxiety reactions are experienced emotionally as an inner contraction, a closing in. In fact most people describe panic attacks as very claustrophobic. This sense of inner contraction is also very much part of the structure of a panic attack. Change this structure and you change the intensity of the panic attack. The Mindfulness Expansion Response teaches us how to prevent this inner contraction of consciousness. We literally "explode" the panic impulse the moment it arises and imagine creating a very large space around the impulse. This technique can be remarkably effective when perfected.
There are many more techniques and methods that can help you overcome your panic attacks that you will learn during sessions of Mindfulness Therapy.
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Mindfulness Therapy is definitely one of the best available treatments available for Panic Attacks and Anxiety. Please contact me today if you would like to schedule a session of Online Therapy for your Panic Attacks.
Please take this opportunity to contact me and tell me about yourself and your anxiety disorder. Ask your questions and let us begin the process of online therapy to help you better control your panic disorder.
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Peter Strong, PhD is a Professional Psychotherapist, Online Therapist, Spiritual Teacher and Author, based in Boulder, Colorado. Peter developed a system of psychotherapy called Mindfulness Therapy for healing the root cause of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, Traumatic Stress and Emotional Suffering.
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