Tips to help with panic attacks
- Slow your breathing down as much as possible – try breathing through a straw or into a paper bag. Take slow deep breaths
- Remind yourself that the panic attack is temporary and it will pass
- Educate yourself on anxiety and panic attacks
- Avoid nicotine and caffeine as much as possible
- Recognise that you are beginning to panic, remind yourself you are not in danger and that panic attacks aren’t life threatening
- Remember that you aren’t alone, lots of other people also suffer from panic attacks
- Relax your body as much as possible
- Focus on something other than your body and the symptoms. Try naming one thing around you that starts with each letter of the alphabet
- Meditation or yoga can be helpful in teaching you to relax
- As much as possible try not to avoid situations where panic has happened
- Make exercise a regular part of your daily schedule
- Talk to your GP to ensure there aren’t any medical conditions that might be causing your symptoms.
If you are experiencing any difficulties with anxiety, panic attacks or other mental health issues and would like help please contact Sherry-Lee Smith on 042 135 1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt Lawley Counselling Centre
13 Alvan St
Mt Lawley, Perth Western Australia 6050
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Sherry-Lee Smith MAPS MAAP EMDRAA ISST CEDC
BA (Psych) Hons
Registered; Perth Western Australia
Sherry is a registered psychologist with 10 years experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. Sherry aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to increase their self-awareness and develop towards their full potential.
Issues addressed include;
depression and other mood disorders
anxiety disorders (generalised anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety etc.)
drug and alcohol use
grief and loss
relationship difficulties and separation
young adult issues
body image issues
family of origin issues
Sherry uses an integrated therapeutic approach to counselling and psychotherapy tailoring the intervention to meet the unique needs of the client. Approaches may include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic approaches, Expressive Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Narrative Therapy.
Sherry has experience working at an adolescent mental health services with adolescents and their families experiencing depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation. She has co-ordinated a drug and alcohol service for adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties related to their own or another’s drug and alcohol use and co-occurring mental health issues. Sherry has worked counselling children and adolescents who have experienced parental separation and family conflict. She has experience running groups related to drug and alcohol use, parenting, grief and loss, family and relationships, bullying and friendships, self-esteem, and parental separation.
Sherry is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). She is also an member of the Australian Psychological Society.
Medicare rebates and private health fund rebates may apply.
If you would like to book an appointment with Sherry or would like further information please contact her by phone or email.
Phone: 042 135 1020
Mt Lawley Counselling Centre
13 Alvan Street
Mt Lawley WA
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