Panic Disorder: Many people experience some mild sensations when they feel anxious about something, but a panic attack is much more intense. Panic attacks are characterised by a sudden escalation of extreme fear and anxiety and physical symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness and breathlessness. Many people experience a panic attack once or twice in their lives, however panic attacks in and of themselves do not constitute a disorder. Panic disorder involves the presence of recurring and unexpected panic attacks, worrying for at least a month after having a panic attack that you will have another one, worrying about the implications of a panic attack (such as thinking the panic attack is a sign of a medical problem) and significant changes in behaviour that relate to the panic attacks (such as avoiding activities like exercise because it increases the heart rate).
Counselling approach: Melanie is passionate about helping clients to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. She uses approaches from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help her clients understand the disorder and better manage their behaviours, thoughts and physiological symptoms.
Current availability: Usually within one week
Fees: $60 for initial and subsequent sessions. Hardship rates are $30 per session. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Medicare or Health rebates available for seeing a provisional psychologist.
Mt Gravatt- 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt
Loganholme- Unit 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.