Dr. Sylvia Gindy, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Tal Gershon, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
Valerie Graf, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Flor Villagrán, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
Adeyemi Aladenika, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
Therapy for Panic Disorder
Panic is an overwhelming and distressing experience, often leaving you feeling vulnerable, uncertain, and out of control. At Looking Glass NYC, we understand the profound impact that panic and panic disorder can have on your life. Our mission is to provide compassionate, evidence-based therapy services to help you regain control of your state of mind, alleviate your fears, and ultimately, reclaim your overall sense of well-being.
Looking Glass NYC’s experienced therapists are dedicated to guiding individuals through the process of understanding and managing their panic symptoms. By utilizing a personalized approach that addresses the unique needs of each client, we empower you with the tools and strategies necessary to overcome your panic experiences and navigate daily life with greater ease and confidence.
Whether you’re struggling with occasional panic attacks or living with panic disorder, our therapy services are designed to support you on your journey towards recovery and improved mental health. As you embark on this transformative path, let Looking Glass NYC be your trusted partner in achieving lasting relief and a renewed sense of freedom.
What is Panic Disorder?
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear and discomfort. These panic attacks can be accompanied by physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, and chest pain. Individuals with panic disorder often worry about having more panic attacks and may avoid places or situations where they believe a panic attack could occur.
According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), to be diagnosed with panic disorder, a person must experience recurrent, unexpected panic attacks followed by at least one month of persistent concern or worry about future attacks and their consequences, or significant changes in behavior related to the attacks.
The exact cause of panic disorder is not well understood but is believed to involve a combination of genetic, biochemical, and environmental factors. Treatment for panic disorder typically includes psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and sometimes medication.
Why Do Panic Attacks Happen?
Panic is a feeling of intense fear or distress that can come on suddenly and without warning. It is an overwhelming feeling of dread and terror that can be accompanied by physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, difficulty breathing, nausea, chest pain, and dizziness. Panic attacks are usually short-lived but can be very frightening and disabling.
The biological mechanism of panic disorder involves changes in the brain and body. In people with panic disorder, there may be structural or activity changes in certain brain regions that are involved in the fear response. These changes lead to an overactive fear response which causes the physical symptoms associated with panic attacks. Additionally, research has found that people with panic disorder have different patterns of respiratory activity compared to those without the disorder. This includes increased heart rate variability and blood cell counts as well as decreased peripheral oxygen saturation levels during a panic attack.
Environmental factors such as stressors or traumatic events can also trigger a panic attack in someone who is predisposed to the condition due to their biology. Additionally, co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety can increase the risk for developing panic disorder.
In conclusion, panic disorder is a complex condition that involves changes in both the brain and body which can be triggered by environmental factors or co-occurring mental health conditions. Understanding these biological mechanisms can help us better understand how to treat this condition more effectively.
Therapy at Looking Glass NYC for Panic Attacks
Panic attacks can be a debilitating and overwhelming experience. If you are struggling with panic attacks, therapy at Looking Glass NYC can help. Our team of experienced therapists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs.
At Looking Glass NYC, we offer several types of therapy that can help people suffering from panic attacks. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach that helps individuals identify and modify negative thought patterns that may be contributing to their panic attacks. CBT also teaches individuals coping strategies for managing anxiety in the moment.
We also offer Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which focuses on helping individuals regulate their emotions and manage stress more effectively. DBT teaches skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness which can all be beneficial in managing panic attacks.
Finally, we offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT encourages individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings without judgment while committing to taking action towards values-based goals. This approach helps individuals become less reactive to triggers that may lead to panic attacks while promoting healthy behavior change over time.
At Looking Glass NYC, we understand how difficult it can be to manage panic attacks on your own. Our team of experienced therapists will work with you every step of the way to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs so you can live life on your terms again.
What should I expect from my first therapy session?
During your first session, your therapist will ask you questions to get to know you and understand your reasons for coming to therapy. Your therapist will want to learn about your history, what’s going on with you now, and learn about what you want to get out of therapy. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask them questions about how therapy works so you know what to expect.
How long will I be in therapy for?
The amount of time therapy takes is different for each person. If you’re dealing with a short-term stressor that you want resolved, that will typically take less time than a problem you’ve been dealing with for a long while. For some, therapy is short-term, taking just a few months until they are satisfied with their progress. For others, therapy will become a part of their routine, helping them manage ongoing concerns in their life and having a safe outlet for them to explore themselves, their patterns, and understand themselves on a deeper level.
Virtual therapy: How does it work?
With the rise in virtual therapy, it makes sense to want to know more about how it works. Research shows that virtual therapy has the same benefits as therapy that takes place face-to-face. Virtual therapy is an effective way to fit therapy into your busy schedule, as it allows you to talk to your therapist in the comfort of your own home. With virtual therapy, you avoid the hurdles that can happen with face-to-face appointments, such as scheduling conflicts, traffic, and travel time. In order to make the most of your virtual session, meet with your therapist in a private space in your home and have a good internet connection.
How do I pick the right therapist for me?
You’ve decided to take that next step and start therapy, and it can feel overwhelming to decide on a therapist. That’s why we offer a complimentary consultation call with a Looking Glass Intake Coordinator to help you make an informed choice. Every therapist has different strengths and styles that they bring to sessions. When you are in the process of selecting a therapist, talk to your coordinator about what you want to get out of therapy so you can rest assured that you are matched with the right person for you. After all, therapy is all about creating a space where you feel comfortable to open up, so finding a therapist that you click with is the first step on your journey!
How do I know if therapy is working?
Starting from your first session, you and your therapist will talk about what you want to get out of therapy. You may come in with a very specific goal or you may use therapy as a space to talk about ongoing events in your life. Regardless of your therapy goals, your therapist will create a comfortable space for you to talk about how therapy is going so you are both on the same page about the process. Ultimately, you will get more out of therapy if you are willing to put more into it. Growth takes place when you are willing to reflect on yourself and take what you are learning during sessions out into the world with you. Below are a few signs of progress that clients typically note:
- You start noticing that your symptoms (anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc.) are less frequent or intense than before.
- You’re able to function better at work, school, or in your personal relationships.
- You start to find that you have a better understanding of yourself, your feelings, and your behaviors. You’ve gained insights and are making connections that you didn’t make before.
- You might be using new coping skills that you’ve learned in therapy and they’re helping in your daily life.
- People close to you may tell you that they have noticed positive changes.
Do you accept my health insurance?
Looking Glass Psychology is Out-of-Network with health insurances. If you have an Out-of-Network or PPO insurance plan, your insurance will refund a large portion of each session, as long as you have met your Out-of-Network deductible. After each appointment, we’ll supply you with a receipt called a superbill or reimbursement form. To submit for a partial refund, simply log into your health insurance portal to enter the information listed on your superbill. If you have an Out-of-Network plan and have met your Out-of-Network deductible, your health plan will mail the partial refund in the form of a check to your home a few weeks after each appointment. Questions? Email info@LookingGlassNYC.com or chat with us live during business hours by clicking the “Message Us” button on this page.
When can I book an appointment with you?
Your appointment request is our top priority, so we’ll get you on the schedule as soon as possible – no waitlists, and no hassle. Many of our clinicians offer both in-person and video appointments in the early morning, afternoon, late evening, or even weekends. To request an appointment, click the following link: https://lookingglassnyc.clientsecure.me or chat with us live during business hours by texting (646) 350-2202. Prefer a phone call? Contact us today by calling (646) 760-3399.