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How can I better manage panic attacks?

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Elena Touroni, a private psychologist based in Chelsea, talks about the kinds of strategies patients can use to tackle panic attacks, from relaxation techniques to mindfulness. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

Video Transcription

You can learn a whole range of relaxation techniques in order to better manage panic attacks. Usually, when we have a panic attack, our breathing is fairly out of control, our heart might be beating very fast. And we might be making all sorts of interpretations of what’s happening in the situation where we might be interpreting the symptoms of the panic attack as having a more physiological course which makes us much more frightened. So you can learn ways of using both relaxation strategies to slow down your breathing, to slow down your thinking, as well as mindfulness-based strategies to be able to stay in the present moment. Notice your emotions, the anxious feelings that you have during a panic attack as a wave that comes and goes and wait until your anxiety dissipates. We also can learn to manage panic attacks by challenging the thoughts that we have, by reminding ourselves that actually what we’re experiencing in the moment is just a panic attack. It isn’t a heart attack. It isn’t something much more sinister and dangerous. And it’s just an emotional response that our body has now that has become very out of control and very generalised to situations that aren’t really threatening. And that it’s something that will dissipate because all emotions peak and then dissipate in time.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.