Counselling for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
Exposure treatment can provide lasting relief to the majority of clients with panic disorder and agoraphobia. Disappearance of residual and sub-clinical avoidance, and not simply of panic attacks, should be the aim of exposure therapy. Systematic desensitization may also be used.
Cognitive restructuring has also proved useful in treating agoraphobia. This treatment involves coaching a participant through discussions with the intent of substituting irrational, counterproductive beliefs with more factual and beneficial ones.
Relaxation techniques are often useful skills for people with agoraphobia to develop, as they can be used to stop or prevent symptoms of anxiety and panic.
Stress management techniques and various kinds of meditation practices as well as visualization techniques can help people with anxiety disorders (111).
It is vital that clients remain in the situation until anxiety has become less intense because if they leave the situation the phobic response will not decrease and it may even rise (9).
The best available counselling for people with panic disorder and agoraphobia may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.