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As a therapist, I consider it a great honor and responsibility to listen and share in the thoughts, feelings, and life experiences of others.

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As an experienced therapist, I will work to provide a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment for clients to achieve their therapeutic goals.

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I enjoy forming open and empathetic relationships with my clients and walking with them through their path to healing and actualization.

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By practicing integrative psychiatry to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, I want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, safe, and heard. Lear... By practicing integrative psychiatry to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, I want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, safe, and heard. Learning how to master your emotions and understand how things impact you is key to finding strength and moving forward in life. Read more

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I wish to help all my clients to feel heard and empowered.

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Starting Panic attack disorder therapy

What is Panic attack disorder therapy?

Panic attack disorder therapy is a specialized therapeutic approach designed to help individuals suffering from recurrent and debilitating panic attacks. During therapy sessions, individuals work closely with trained Thriveworks Lynchburg therapists to identify and understand the triggers and thought patterns that contribute to their panic attacks. Through panic attack disorder therapy, individuals learn to manage their anxiety, develop coping strategies, and regain control over their lives, ultimately leading to a reduction in the severity of panic attacks.

How does Panic attack disorder therapy work?

Panic attack disorder therapy often utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques like exposure therapy and relaxation exercises to help individuals manage and mitigate panic attacks. These methods involve desensitizing triggers, reducing physical and emotional symptoms, and challenging irrational thought patterns to empower individuals to recognize, control, and reduce the frequency and intensity of panic attacks.

Is Panic attack disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Panic attack disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.,Panic attack disorder therapy may last for a variable amount of time

How long does Panic attack disorder therapy last?

depending on the individual's unique needs

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Treatment for Panic Disorders in Lynchburg, VA—Counseling and Therapy

Panic attacks can occur with no clear reason and with no warning. Panic can debilitate and exhaust people, and many people—understandably—rearrange their lives to avoid the attacks.

There are effective psychological treatments for panic attacks, however. With a professional’s care and guidance, many people have learned coping skills to handle panic attacks and/or address their root causes.

Thriveworks Lynchburg offers therapy for panic attacks, and our therapists and psychologists often combine medication, cognitive behavior therapy, and/or exposure therapy to find an effective treatment plan to meet each individual’s needs.

Symptoms and Signs of Panic Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) recognizes the strain panic attacks can cause with its diagnosis of panic disorder (DSM-5 300.01 [F41.0]). Panic disorder is characterized by:

  • Panic attacks that strike repeatedly (at least twice) and unexpectedly. During the attack, people may feel intense discomfort, fear, and anxiety that escalate and then abate within several minutes. Specifically, symptoms must include at least four of the following:
    • Sweating excessively
    • Fear of going crazy or losing control
    • Fear of dying
    • Palpitations or escalated heart rate
    • A choking feeling
    • Shaking or trembling
    • Feeling depersonalized or detached from oneself
    • Numbness or tingling sensations
    • Feeling smothered or experiencing shortness of breath
    • Chest pain or tightness
    • Dizziness or faintness
    • Hot flashes or chills
    • Abdominal pain or nausea
  • Experiencing, after a panic attack (or multiple panic attacks), either or both of the following for one month:
    • Relentless concern that one will have another panic attack and/or face negative health consequences (e.g., a heart attack) because of them.
    • Changes in one’s daily routine that attempt to bypass or decrease the attacks.

A panic disorder generally surfaces when people are in their 20s or 30s. However, children have been diagnosed with panic disorder, as have older individuals.

Many people plagued by panic disorders can identify stressful situations they faced in the time before their first attack. People who have survived childhood abuse suffer from panic disorder more than other anxiety disorders.

A person’s genetic makeup can also contribute to the disorder.

Psychological Treatments for Panic Disorders

Missing out on friends, family, and work because of panic attacks is too much of a burden to bear, especially since treatments for panic attacks are available and effective. Many people who have sought psychological help have seen their panic attacks eliminated or diminished. Several types of treatment can be combined to form a treatment plan that addresses each individual’s unique needs.

  • Exposure therapy: When in a safe environment and under a skilled therapist’s supervision, being exposed to triggers for a panic attack may give people the opportunity to practice coping skills to handle panic attacks that occur unexpectedly. When people boost their capacity to cope during an attack, the attacks may diminish in their severity and/or frequency.
  • Medication: When used properly, medications such as antidepressants or benzodiazepines may reduce or eliminate panic attack symptoms, allowing other therapies to address root causes and build coping skills.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: This therapy aims to expose and treat any root causes of the panic disorder. At times, people’s thinking or behavior patterns can exacerbate the attacks, and with adjustments, the panic attacks may lessen. Cognitive behavior therapy can help people work through past trauma that may be related to feelings of panic.

Counseling for Panic Disorders at Thriveworks Lynchburg

Effective treatment for panic disorders may begin with acknowledging the problem and asking for help. While reading through symptoms of panic disorders, did any resonate with you? If yes, know that Thriveworks Lynchburg offers counseling for panic attacks. Our counselors want each client to receive the right treatment that fits their needs.

If you are ready to get help for your panic disorder, here are a few things that might be helpful to know about our office:

  1. We offer evening and weekend appointments.
  2. When you call, a person—not a voicemail—will answer.
  3. We work with many insurance providers.
  4. New clients may see their therapist within 24 hours of when they call to schedule an appointment.

If panic attacks are keeping you from living your normal, daily life, Thriveworks Lynchburg is ready to help. Call today or schedule your first session online.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Lynchburg therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Lynchburg
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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My therapist has helped me a lot and I'm going to continue with my session to approve myself even more
Read more My therapist has helped me a lot and I'm going to continue with my session to approve myself even more
Natasha Feb 2024
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It was so difficult to find a therapist my daughter liked. So glad I made the initial call to Thriveworks. She was matched to a therapist that she finally talks to! She liked her so much that now my oldest daughter and I use her therapist as well. We love Lora!
Read more It was so difficult to find a therapist my daughter liked. So glad I made the initial call to Thriveworks. She was matched to a therapist that she finally talks to! She liked her so much that now my oldest daughter and I use her therapist as well. We love Lora!
Shannon Feb 2024
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It been comforting talking to someone who understands what you are going through.
Holly Jan 2024
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Lynn Lemmon is a wonderful therapist! I feel so comfortable with her!
Amy Dec 2023
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Kim is the absolute best counselor! She is very kind and caring and adapts to whatever works best for you personally. She does not use the typical counselor answers or “by the book” responses. She talks to you like you are a real person. She always make me feel like the things that I am going through are important and the feelings are valid. She provides a completely judgement free zone to talk about anything that is needed. She understands that things take time and she does not force you to talk about anything. She allows you to process in your own time. She has a way of working with me that allows me to fully trust her. Kim has a heart of Gold! You can tell throughout your sessions with her that this is more than just a job for her. You feel legitimately cared for by her. You can tell that she genuinely wants to help you to move through the things that are holding you back in life. She’s very encouraging and reassuring. Her genuine compassion and encouragement helps me feel like I am actually important and deserving of growth. I would highly recommend Kim as your counselor if you are looking for someone who will make you feel valued and heard and not like you are just another name on their client list! She has definitely made a huge impact on my life!
Read more Kim is the absolute best counselor! She is very kind and caring and adapts to whatever works best for you personally. She does not use the typical counselor answers or “by the book” responses. She talks to you like you are a real person. She always make me feel like the things that I am going through are important and the feelings are valid. She provides a completely judgement free zone to talk about anything that is needed. She understands that things take time and she does not force you to talk about anything. She allows you to process in your own time. She has a way of working with me that allows me to fully trust her. Kim has a heart of Gold! You can tell throughout your sessions with her that this is more than just a job for her. You feel legitimately cared for by her. You can tell that she genuinely wants to help you to move through the things that are holding you back in life. She’s very encouraging and reassuring. Her genuine compassion and encouragement helps me feel like I am actually important and deserving of growth. I would highly recommend Kim as your counselor if you are looking for someone who will make you feel valued and heard and not like you are just another name on their client list! She has definitely made a huge impact on my life!
Lynchburg Jul 2022
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Working with Dr. Tiffany Stephens has been so helpful! She is very approachable, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares about concerns and circumstances. She can help think through problems and works toward a better outlook and teaching real skills that help toward calmness and strength in the midst of complicated issues. She helps teach courage to be vulnerable in the moment, so I can learn patterns and work at replacing them with more healthy ones— her style of preparing clients to approach things differently makes all the difference when difficulty arises. I feel safe and confident (but not tight and overly-clinical) when talking with her. I absolutely recommend working with her if you are working toward a better you!
Read more Working with Dr. Tiffany Stephens has been so helpful! She is very approachable, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares about concerns and circumstances. She can help think through problems and works toward a better outlook and teaching real skills that help toward calmness and strength in the midst of complicated issues. She helps teach courage to be vulnerable in the moment, so I can learn patterns and work at replacing them with more healthy ones— her style of preparing clients to approach things differently makes all the difference when difficulty arises. I feel safe and confident (but not tight and overly-clinical) when talking with her. I absolutely recommend working with her if you are working toward a better you!
Lynchburg Dec 2021
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★★★★★
Dr. Tiffany Stephens is an amazing therapist. She is engaging as well as empathetic. I highly recommend Tiffany for anyone looking for a highly skilled and compassionate therapist.
Read more Dr. Tiffany Stephens is an amazing therapist. She is engaging as well as empathetic. I highly recommend Tiffany for anyone looking for a highly skilled and compassionate therapist.
Lynchburg Sep 2021
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Bryan Hunsley has been a great help in providing counseling to myself and my husband! He begins our ZOOM sessions on time. Bryan is great at his job in that he is easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. His feedback is even tempered (appropriate, positive and welcoming), plus clear and easy to understand. My husband and I feel that Bryan provides sensitive care and treats us both with ultimate respect! He is flexible in that he can easily switch gears according to the urgency of our needs for any particular session and is quick to offer any needed support between sessions. He provides a professional high quality of care that is also relaxing and informative. I am more than satisfied with his services being provided and find myself looking forward to the next session! Bryan has and continues to strengthen our marital wellness with his superb counseling expertise!
Read more Bryan Hunsley has been a great help in providing counseling to myself and my husband! He begins our ZOOM sessions on time. Bryan is great at his job in that he is easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. His feedback is even tempered (appropriate, positive and welcoming), plus clear and easy to understand. My husband and I feel that Bryan provides sensitive care and treats us both with ultimate respect! He is flexible in that he can easily switch gears according to the urgency of our needs for any particular session and is quick to offer any needed support between sessions. He provides a professional high quality of care that is also relaxing and informative. I am more than satisfied with his services being provided and find myself looking forward to the next session! Bryan has and continues to strengthen our marital wellness with his superb counseling expertise!
Lynchburg Sep 2021
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Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Lynchburg is located on Jefferson St. in the heart of the downtown area. The James River runs directly behind our building, which we share with Zola’s Beauty Studio and Stimulus Adverstising and Web Design.

Phone number

(434) 771-0495

Languages spoken by VA providers

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