CBT for Panic Attacks & Panic Disorder

“I was walking through the grocery store, when I suddenly began to feel like everything was closing in on me. My heart started racing, and I felt like I was going to fall off the face of the earth. I just had to get away. I left my cart behind and ran out to my car, where I laid down on the seat until the feeling passed. Since then, I’ve avoided the grocery store and other crowded public places. I just want to keep this from happening again.”

This description of a panic attack is a reality for too many people. Be proactive and seek help from a therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

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What Is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is a short but intense feeling that overwhelms you with anxiety or dread. Symptoms that accompany the attack include blurred vision, shortness of breath, and/or dizziness. You may experience the urge to flee. You may even feel like you are dying or incredibly ill. The symptoms may mimic medical problems such as a heart attack or a stroke.

Where Do Panic Attacks Occur?

They can happen almost anywhere. For some people, a crowded place triggers the reaction. For others, driving on the freeway may trigger an attack. Exercising may be one person’s trigger and social situations may be another’s. Yet, as varied as these sources may be, CBT offers a time-limited, highly effective approach to breaking the grip of panic over your life no matter what triggers your attacks.

What About Panic Disorder?

That first panic attack often leads to a heightened sensitivity to triggers. The fear of another episode may lead to more panic attacks. A serious and distressing condition, panic disorder may grip the sufferer. The 2.7% of Americans who develop panic disorder live life in a cycle of avoiding any situation that might lead to an attack. This leads to a life where activities are severely restricted. Self-worth spirals downward. The space that feels safe constricts.

What Our Therapy Clients Are Saying…

I found it helpful to talk about my problems, getting better insight on how my thought pattern affects the way I feel, and learning different ways to control my thoughts.

 I really got a sense of empowerment and have felt like a strong person because of it.

How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help?

Seeing a CBT-trained therapist after an initial panic attack can be extremely helpful. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) works by helping you identify the situations and bodily sensations surrounding your panic attacks. Your therapist helps you cut through the fog you feel as one of these attacks starts to sweep over you. The therapist helps demystify what is happening. CBT helps even those with entrenched panic disorder regain a normal life. A skilled CBT therapist will coach you through a series of exercises that actually help you understand and develop tolerance to the sensations that have been leading to your panic attacks. Your therapist will help you map a plan that claims a renewed life—enabling you to re-enter situations that you have been avoiding.

Have You Been Experiencing Panic Attacks?

Stop panic from robbing you of your life! Contact us to schedule a personal assessment at 650-461-9026.

Meet Our Team of CBT Panic Therapists

All Locations
Palo Alto
San Jose
Bella Stitt, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Bella Stitt, LMFT
Jacqui Lewis, LMFT, ATR-BC, CCTP, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Jacqui Lewis, LMFT, ATR-BC, CCTP
Kaitlyn "Katie" Markey-Johnson, LPCC, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Kaitlyn “Katie” Markey-Johnson, LPCC
Florina Petcu, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Florina Petcu, LMFT
JoAnn Kukulus, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
JoAnn Kukulus, LMFT
Brandee Sosa, LCSW
Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT
Nicole Brunn, AMFT, APCC
Deborah Coblentz, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Deborah Coblentz, LMFT
Jeanne Jacobs, LLMC, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Jeanne Jacobs, LPCC
Monica Burford, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Monica Burford, LMFT
Ernest Schmidt, LCSW, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Ernest Schmidt, LCSW
Jennifer Estes, LCSW, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Jennifer Estes, LCSW
Megan Taylor, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Megan Taylor, LMFT
Anni Kelley-Day, LPCC, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Anni Kelley-Day, LPCC
Lisa Macedo, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Lisa Macedo, LMFT
Laura Tolle, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Laura Tolle, LMFT
Manasi Shankar, Ph.D., NCC, AMFT
Bridget Haerr, LPCC
Sarah Newman, AMFT, APCC

Ages Served

  • Children 5 and up

  • Teens

  • Adults of all ages

Types of Therapy

  • Individuals

  • Couples & Family

  • Groups & Classes

  • Video Therapy

We Help With...

  • Anxiety & OCD

  • Panic & Worry

  • Phobias/Fears

  • School Anxiety

More Help For...

  • Depression

  • Motivation

  • ADHD & Stress

  • School Refusal


Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we provide effective & caring counseling. Our therapists are passionate in delivering high-quality therapy & enhance their skills through the latest trainings.

Strong Relationships

Our relationship with you is valued & of highest importance. We are compassionate, respectful, & honest. Our professional counseling includes working side by side with you towards YOUR goals.

Short-Term & Focused

Our active therapists use tailored homework exercises to help you find relief in a timely manner. By keeping our meetings on track & targeting specific concerns we help you enjoy life again, usually in a matter of months not years.

Client Convenience

Appointments after 5pm & Saturdays, friendly administrative staff & two locations: Palo Alto & San Jose. We help children, teens & adults, couples, & families and offer classes & therapy groups. Video therapy available!