Exploring Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks

Find relief for Panic attacks

For those who suffer from panic attacks, the experience can be even more challenging and debilitating. However, in my practice, I offer a compassionate approach to overcoming these distressing episodes; both online and in London

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy (QCH) therapy can offer relief and empower individuals to find peace within themselves once again.

Understanding Panic Attacks: Causes and Symptoms

Panic attacks can be overwhelming and sometimes even feel liken negative mysterious experiences that seem to come out of nowhere. These episodes often involve intense fear or anxiety, accompanied by physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, and trembling. Some people even believe a panic attack to be a heart attack.

During a panic attack, your body’s fight-or-flight response is triggered inappropriately, causing you to react as if you are in imminent danger when there is no real threat present. This disproportionate response can leave you feeling confused and helpless.

Causes of panic attacks

Panic attacks can be triggered by a variety of factors. One potential cause of panic attacks is a genetic predisposition, as individuals with a family history of anxiety disorders may be more prone to experiencing them. However, the most common causes nowadays are high-stress environments or traumatic events that can contribute to the development of panic attacks. For some individuals, certain life transitions or major life changes such as starting a new job, moving to a different city, or ending a relationship can also act as triggers. Moreover, substance abuse or withdrawal, particularly of stimulants like caffeine or drugs like cocaine, can lead to panic attacks. There are also medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, respiratory issues, or heart problems may also be underlying causes; which will need to be discussed with a GP.

It is important to understand that panic attacks are not a result of weakness or moral failure but rather a complex interplay of various factors. 


Panic attacks can be incredibly distressing and debilitating experiences for those who suffer from them. Common symptoms of panic attacks can vary from person to person but commonly can include:
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Detachment from yourself
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating or tingling sensations in the extremities
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Overwhelming feelings of fear
  • Nausea

Talking therapies, like hypnotherapy for panic attacks can can help you overcome them. By utilizing the power of suggestions, working towards waking you up from this trance state you are already experiencing, through this therapy, we aim to reprogram your subconscious mind, change negative thought patterns associated with panic attacks, work on any past traumas which might have left untreated or even anxiety disorders. 

By addressing the root causes, hypnotherapy for panic attacks and anxiety works at a deep level, it can help you feel more confident, in control and calmer; with tools for managing anxiety and panic attacks effectively.


Does Hypnotherapy for panic attacks work?

Talking therapies, like hypnotherapy for panic attacks can help you overcome them. By utilizing the power of suggestions, working towards waking you up from this trance state you are already experiencing, through this therapy, we aim to reprogram your subconscious mind, change negative thought patterns associated with panic attacks, work on any past traumas which might have left untreated or even anxiety disorders. 

By addressing the root causes of your panic attacks at a deep level, hypnotherapy helps unravel the mystery behind these episodes and empowers you with tools for managing them effectively.

How can hypnotherapy help me?

Cognitive Hypnotherapy, will address your needs as an individual. This means that instead of following a protocol, like other types of therapies, or dwelling on the past; this form of therapy is solution-focused and will work with a plan looking for any underlying anxiety, helping you to achieve a calmer state of mind to stop panic attacks.


An Initial Consultation to Start Feeling Better

This brief type of therapy will help to start noticing positive changes in no time. We will discuss your suitability during the initial consultation.

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Tapping into the Subconscious Mind: The Power of Hypnotherapy


Hypnotherapy for panic attacks offers an effective approach by tapping into the subconscious mind. QCH therapy will offer a wide range of interventions, including hypnosis, visualisations,  breathing, emotional freedom technique (EFT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focus therapy as well as other interventions from neuro linguistic programming (NLP) deep relaxation and guided visualization techniques. During a hypnotherapy session, I will help you explore the underlying causes of your panic attacks, by identifying any deep-seated fears or traumatic experiences that may be triggering these episodes, individuals can gain valuable insights into their condition.This process not only reduces the frequency and intensity of panic attacks but also equips individuals with valuable coping mechanisms for managing future episodes.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks and in Managing Anxiety

Hypnotherapy has been proven to be an effective type of brief talking therapy in managing anxiety. It works by tapping into the subconscious mind and helping individuals change their thought patterns and behaviours. One of the major benefits of hypnotherapy is its ability to promote deep relaxation. It helps calm the mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety levels. Also, hypnotherapy can help individuals gain better control over their thoughts and emotions. It can enable them to identify and challenge negative thinking patterns that contribute to their anxiety. Hypnotherapy offers a safe and natural approach, without the side effects that medication can have, to managing anxiety, providing individuals with a sense of empowerment and control over their mental well-being. 

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What to Expect During a Hypnotherapy Session for Panic Attacks

During the initial consultation we will discuss your symptoms, and some other information that might not seem relevant when experiencing panic attacks, but helps us to get to know better and we can then come up with a treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms. We will explore some of your history with panic attacks, anxiety, any trauma, phobia, genetic, environmental, or biological factors as well as discuss if you experience a panic disorder.


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The Science Behind Hypnotherapy for Panic Attacks

Hypnotherapy is a type of talking therapy, that combines hypnosis with psychotherapy to help individuals address various psychological and physical issues. Hypnotherapy for panic attacks can be highly effective in managing and reducing symptoms. The science behind hypnotherapy lies in its ability to access the subconscious mind and reframe negative thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to panic attacks. As with any issue, when somebody experiences a panic attack, it does it in a trance state. By working together, inducing a relaxed state we will address underlying issues of your panic attacks and help you to wake up from that trance state. Additionally, hypnosis can help individuals learn relaxation techniques, control their breathing, and use guided imagery to induce a calm and safe environment. Scientific studies have shown that hypnotherapy can effectively reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks and improve overall emotional well-being.

Self-hypnosis techniques for Managing Panic Attacks

Self-hypnosis techniques have been found to be useful in managing panic attacks. One technique, for example, involves deep breathing and relaxation. By focusing on your breath and slowly inhaling and exhaling, you can calm your body and mind. Visualization is another effective technique. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a peaceful and relaxing place, such as a beach or a forest. Visualise the sights, sounds, and smells of this place to create a sense of calm.

Another technique is to place your focus on a dot in your ceiling or wall (somewhere above eyesight), deep breath while keeping the focus on the dot. Continue to focus on the same dot, until your eyes and the muscles around them begin to feel too tired. At that point, you will have entered a deep relaxed state, called as well a self-hypnotic state.

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