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Panic Attack Therapy in West Palm Beach, FL

Panic attack therapy at the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach can be the right choice for you if you are experiencing sudden surges of intense fear or anxiety. Panic attacks are a common experience, and can even be a trauma symptom, however, they don’t have to control your life. Our team of understanding therapists can help you understand, manage, and overcome your symptoms through tailored therapies and effective strategies. Begin understanding your symptoms and develop strategies to reduce their frequency and intensity with our individualized panic disorder counseling options..

What Is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of anxiety, fear, and discomfort. The symptoms can often be mistaken for a heart attack due to strong physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, shallow breathing, chest pain, and feelings of dread and fear. 

Impacts on Your Life

Panic attacks can have a significant impact on how you navigate your daily life as well as your decision-making process. You may find yourself constantly worrying and feeling hopeless by the inevitability of another attack.

You may shy away from social interactions for fear of experiencing this intense form of anxiety in a public place. Your relationships, social life, and work-life might have felt the toll. 

You may have noticed some consequences of panic attacks such as:

Panic attacks can significantly disrupt your professional, social, and family life. Understanding the consequences is a critical step towards finding relief and reclaiming control over your life.

After some time, you may begin to notice physical health changes due to recurring attacks, such as fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, and digestive problems. 

Understanding your signs and symptoms is an important first step in finding the right treatment. Although panic attacks can be distressing and often feel like a heart attack, they are not life-threatening. It is important to remember that there is effective evidence-based treatment available. 

Our goal at the Trauma Therapy Center is to help you identify your personal triggers and healthy coping skills that work best for your life. 

What Is Panic Disorder?

Panic disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by recurrent unexpected panic attacks.

Symptoms of a panic disorder include:

To be diagnosed with panic disorder the symptoms must meet the following criteria: 

The frequency and severity of attacks can vary from person to person. Most people who are diagnosed with panic disorder, experience consequences in various areas of life such as social and professional challenges. 

What Causes Panic Attacks?

Risk factors for mental health conditions, including panic attacks, can include genetics, brain chemistry, social and environmental events, as well as other factors. 

Some other causes may include:

There are many other causes and combinations of causes of panic attacks. It is best to speak with a professional counselor who can help you identify triggers and healthy coping skills. 

How Are Panic Attacks Diagnosed?

A licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist can diagnose panic attacks and panic disorder. Mental health professionals have years of education and experience to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions. 

Panic disorder can be diagnosed by:

With the help of a qualified mental health professional, you can get an accurate diagnosis. Once you receive a diagnosis, you and your West Palm Beach therapist can decide on the right evidence-based treatment. 


At the Trauma Therapy Center, we proudly identify ourselves as holistic therapists, meaning we aim to help you improve all areas of your life. Oftentimes, these intense episodes of distress exist hand in hand with other mental health conditions, affecting multiple areas of your life. 

Panic attacks are commonly experienced alongside other mental health co-occurring disorders such as:

During your sessions, we want to make sure to collaboratively address all areas of comorbidity and identify healthy coping mechanisms for each area of concern. 

How Do We Treat Panic Attacks?

At the Trauma Therapy Center, our core belief is that each individual has unique strengths and our aim is to help you realize and integrate them into your life. We practice with the understanding that given the right tools for healing, anyone can overcome their symptoms and achieve healing. Our therapists are dedicated to working with you to determine the tools that work best for your lifestyle and personal preferences. 

“For many of my clients, I find that using science-backed tools that are easily accessible for daily use provides the best results.” – Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a great choice of behavioral therapy as it is an extremely effective approach due to its concrete skills and tools for more adaptive perspective shifts. 

According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine (NIH) participants experienced clinically significant reductions in panic disorder symptoms, anxious thoughts, and depression after one month of CBT. Participants also experienced a continued improvement in panic symptoms at 4 weeks of post-treatment and 6-month follow-up (Lim, 2018).

Exposure Therapy

According to research published in APA PsychNet, “exposure therapy has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of panic disorder and agoraphobia, producing reductions in panic attack frequency, anticipatory anxiety, and avoidance behavior” (Craske, M. G., & Mystkowski, J. L. (2006).


In some cases, medications can be effective. Some commonly prescribed medications include:

Speak to your medical provider to see which medication may be right for you. It is important to note that medication works best when used in combination with talk therapy.

Before beginning or discontinuing any medication, it is crucial to conduct a holistic assessment with the goal of managing stress, improving sleep, adopting a healthy diet, and participating in physical activity as this can have a large effect on your well-being.


Mindfulness practices, such as breathing exercises or meditation, are an essential practice for overall physical and mental health. Acting mindlessly can cause us to make mistakes and not be fully engaged in the activities we are participating in and in our lives as a whole. 

A study published in the NIH demonstrated that mindfulness reduces symptoms of anxiety and panic by helping participants cultivate non-reactive awareness of thoughts and body sensations. This study explained that regular mindfulness causes a reduction in both frequency and intensity in symptoms (Goldin, P. R., & Gross, J. J., 2010). 

Importance of Individualized Treatment

Your counselor will work with you to determine the best evidence-based treatment plan for you. Your therapist will ensure you have all the information necessary to help you make an educated decision. We encourage you to participate actively in your therapy process and are open to hearing your preferences, experiences, and feedback. 

Your Path to Freedom 

How to Find the Right Counselor?

Finding the right therapist or counselor is a crucial first step of your healing journey as your compatibility with this person influences the impact of behavioral therapy. 

Here are some factors to consider when searching for a therapist:

Our effective therapists in West Palm Beach go beyond addressing presenting concerns, taking into account all areas of your life and helping you heal both immanent and underlying issues. 

When to See a Medical Provider for Panic Attack Treatment? 

If you have had more than one panic attack it may be beneficial to see a medical or mental health provider. Choosing the right treatment is a decision between you and your therapist. 

Your therapist can discuss symptoms, provide a diagnosis, and discuss treatment plan options with you. They can also refer you to a psychiatrist to complement your behavioral therapy with medication. 

Setting Goals and Expectations

At the Trauma Therapy Center, therapy is a joint effort between client and therapist working toward the same goal. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for you to discover new insights regarding your condition surrounded by guidance and support. During this process, you will be provided with education regarding your symptoms and equipped with practical tools for your recovery. Setting clear and achievable goals is essential for a successful therapeutic outcome. 

During your first session, your therapist will:

You and your therapist may choose to work together using CBT, mindfulness, exposure therapy, relaxation techniques, stress management, or an integrative approach combining multiple methods. Throughout your journey, you and your counselor will check in regularly to assess how you feel regarding the work you are doing. 

Success Stories

Through therapy with Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS many clients have been able to decrease their Generalized Anxiety Disorder score by over 50% just within the first month of counseling. 

“It brings me so much joy witnessing the transformation of my clients. Helping clients who have carried the weight of anxiety achieve a sense of peace and calm is incredibly rewarding. For me, it’s about more than managing symptoms, but empowering my clients to have the inner strength to handle life’s challenges with the belief that they can overcome any struggles.”

How Long Does Therapy Last?

There is no “one-size-fits-all-all” regarding the duration of therapy. This will be a decision made between you and your therapist. Many people feel an improvement in their symptoms after just a few sessions, however still choose to continue therapy sessions due to seeing significant benefit in all areas of their lives from a professional level of support. Others may require more sessions to address and work through more complex issues.

We offer a variety of therapy options to fit your needs and budget. To learn more about how much is therapy at our center in West Palm Beach, call us at (561) 363-7994.

You don’t have to face panic attacks and panic disorder alone. Our expert guidance and proven panic attack treatment methods in West Palm Beach are here to lead you toward a life of calm and control. Take charge of your well-being today – reach out to us and embark on a journey to find lasting relief from the grip of panic. Your path to a brighter future starts with a simple step – contact us now to reclaim your peace and well-being. We serve Palm Beach County in person in multiple locations or virtually.

Page Modified on Mar 30, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.