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 – Melanie Green

Melanie Green –   Quals: B. Psych (Hons); Cert in Comm Services; AMAPS – Provisional Psychologist.

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: $90 for initial and subsequent sessions. Hardship rates are also available for those experiencing financial hardship. PLEASE NOTE: There are no Medicare or Health rebates available for seeing a provisional psychologist.

Practice Location: Mt Gravatt- 3/1420 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt
Loganholme- Unit 1, 16-18 Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Loganholme.

Appointments: Mt Gravatt – Freecall 1800 877 924, or book online now!
Loganholme – Phone 3067 9129, or book online now!

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 – Tiegan Holtham

Tiegan Holtham      Quals: BBSc (Hons), MPsych (Clin), MAPS                         

Panic Disorder: Panic attacks are terrifying, debilitating episodes which involve intense physical sensations, such as sweating, blurred vision, shakiness and rapid breathing, as well as fear of losing control, dying or going mad. Many people who experience panic attacks often think they may be having a heart attack, the effect is that painful and intense.

However, the worst aspect of panic disorder is not so much the attacks themselves, but the consequences. In order to avoid experiencing a panic attack, sufferers often begin placing limits on their behaviour, and ultimately their world. They may stop driving, going to shopping centres, socialising, or even leaving the house.

Positively, panic disorder is one of the most treatable psychological difficulties we face. If you are ready to start getting your life back, please seek counselling today.

Counselling Approach: Tiegan is a down to earth and compassionate psychologist, who focuses on supporting clients to reach their goals. She uses a combination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Current Availability: Usually within one week. Appointments available Saturdays.

Please note: Tiegan’s books are currently closed. 

Appointments: Phone (07) 3067 9129 or book Tiegan Holtham online now!