Panic Disorder – Nicole Wimmer

Nicole Wimmer    Quals: B Sc (Psych), MA (Psych), PG Cert Mgmt, Grad Dip Safety Science, MAPS.

Panic Disorder: Panic attacks are episodes that come “out of the blue”. They peak within a few minutes and cause feelings of terror and alarming physical symptoms that may include: pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, choking, chest pain, nausea or abdominal discomfort, “jelly” legs, dizziness, a feeling of being detached from oneself, fear of losing control, going crazy, fear of dying, numbness or tingling sensations, or chills or hot flushes.

People have often sought medical attention only to be told that there is no medical reason for their symptoms. People often dread the next attack and sometimes avoid places or situations where they have had panic attacks.

Counselling Approach: Nicole has a relaxed and engaging approach to therapy, and draws on a variety of evidence-based approaches to individually tailor a plan to suit each client. Her therapeutic orientation is a combination of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Fees:   Usually $180/hr and inital appointments $220 hr. Medicare and health rebates may apply.  Evening appointments available.  For reduced rates please contact reception.

Current Availability: Usually within a week.

Nicole Wimmer psychologist

Practice Location:

Brisbane – 1420 Logan Road, Mt Gravatt


Brisbane(07) 3088 5422 or book online

Panic Disorder – Joey Tai

Joey Tai     Quals: BA Psych (hons), Master of Clinical Psychology.

Panic Disorder:  If you have panic attacks (such as feeling faint, nauseous or have difficulty breathing for no explainable reason), you would know that this condition can be very stressful and debilitating. Someone who has frequent panic attacks might not be able to enjoy their life as they avoid certain places, events or situations for fear of having a panic attack there and then.

Panic disorder can be symptomatic of deeper psychological and emotional difficulties within a person. Seeing a psychologist can not only help you to manage these panic attacks, but to address the underlying issues which are contributing to the disorder.

Counselling Approach: Joey adopts an open approach to dealing with panic disorder – he focuses on the whole psychological makeup of a person rather than just the external symptoms. This usually includes an exploration of some of the unconscious turmoil within the individual, and seeking to address and improve on these internal struggles. Joey utilises a range of different techniques and strategies to manage the panic disorder so that the individual is able to remain functional during the therapy process. Sessions with Joey are also relaxed and non-judgmental in nature.

Joey Tai (2)Availability: Usually within a week; evening appointments are also available.

Fees:  Initial appointment $260, standard appointments $220 – please note that higher Medicare rebates apply to Clinical Psychologists. Bulk Billing may be available for clients with a pension/health care card or to fulltime students; please enquire when booking or full fees will apply.

Practice Location: 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt, Brisbane

Appointments: Freecall 1800 877 924 or book Clinical Psychologist Joey Tai online

Website: Joey Tai Clinical Psychologist

Panic Disorder – Dr Catherine Hynes

Dr Catherine Hynes   Quals: Phd (Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology), MA (Cognitive Neuroscience), BA Hons (Philosophy & Neuroscience)

Panic Disorder: Over the course of evolution, our bodies have developed sophisticated systems for identifying danger and problems. Significant portions of the nervous system are devoted to preparing the body for addressing threats, and mounting the “fight or flight” response, during which we are prepared for a serious threat such as an attack by a wild animal.

For some people, this system can become over-active, and they may experience a full blown fight or flight response when faced with a relatively small threat, or even the idea of a threat, or the experience of stress. These people can experience “panic attacks” when the threat systems gets triggered, and their bodies throw them repeatedly into fight or flight mode.

Counselling Approach: I work with people who experience panic attacks to help them to understand the physiological, behavioural and cognitive events that surround their panic attacks. This understanding often provides a lot of relief for people. Working collaboratively with the person, we may choose to develop self-soothing skills to help them settle their bodies, or work on the very understandable but not-so-helpful tendency to avoid things that produce anxiety, and to look at how thought patterns are contributing to stress and anxiety.

The usual approach I would adopt for panic disorder is CBT, but my treatment plans are always individually tailored, and may include other approaches to herapy. Where the difficulty is long-standing and the causes originated in childhood or adolescence, therapy may involve healing those old injuries using a scheme focused therapy approach. When a person spends a lot of time worrying about the past or the future, an acceptance and commitment therapy approach may be helpful. If a person is extremely self-critical, therapy may involve developing compassion and empathy for oneself, using a compassion focused therapy approach.

Dr Catherine Hynes Psychologist

Current Availability: Usually 2- 4 week waiting list.

Fees: $220 per hour (Initial appt $260).  Please contact Dr Hynes before booking if you require a discounted rate.

Practice Location: 1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt.

Appointments: (07) 3088 5422


Panic Disorder – Dr Michael Free

Dr Michael Free   Quals: BA (Psych), MA, Dip Clin Psych, PhD

Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety can be a distressing, complex, and debilitating phenomenon. Dr Free has extensive experience in treating a variety of presentations of anxiety, including Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder and various combinations of the associated symptoms and underlying causes.

Counselling Approach: Dr Free can undertake therapy in lots of different ways, usually determined by the wishes of the client. He uses therapy approaches that include Cognitive Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Schema Therapy, and Mindfulness-based meditation therapies.

Fees: $170 per hour; bulk billing available for pensioners, unemployed, full-time secondary and tertiary students, and persons experiencing financial hardship, if they have been referred under the Better Access to Mental Health program. Full fee structure available on Dr Free’s website.

drfreeAvailability: Chapel Hill 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday; Ipswich Fridays only.

Practice Locations: Toddington Clinic, Chapel Hill and 100 Warwick Road, Ipswich.

Appointments: Please call 0412 132 560, or leave a message on 3720 1122.