What are panic attacks?

Do you struggle with intense episodes of fear and panic, usually for no apparent reason? Does the panic get so strong that you feel like you are having a heart attack, going crazy or dying? Are the feelings out of proportion to the true situation, or even not related to what’s going on around you? Have you ever woken up in a panicked state?

Panic attacks can be defined as a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. About 2-3% of the population is dealing with panic disorders, with women twice as likely to suffer with it.

Although the cause of panic disorders is uncertain, there are a few factors likely to contribute to its development:

Genetics – There is some evidence that panic disorders run in the family

Biological – Some people might be more biologically vulnerable to panic attacks

Life stressors – Dealing with stressful situations such as divorce or redundancy can lead to panic attacks

What are the symptoms of panic attacks?

The main symptom of a panic attack is a feeling of intense fear that comes on without warning. Other symptoms include:

  • Racing heart
  • Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
  • A sense of terror, or impending doom or death
  • Feeling sweaty or having chills
  • Chest pains
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Feeling a loss of control

How can Hypno-ACT help with panic attacks?

Hypno-ACT can be an effective treatment for panic disorders. It combines hypnotic techniques,  mindfulness as well as helpful tools from CBT and EMDR. During your sessions, you will develop a range of skills to better handle feelings of fear. Rather than trying to stop your panic or getting rid of your fear, which might help in the short-term but is ineffective in the long-term, Hypno-Act works by helping you to create a sense of calm acceptance.

During your treatment you will learn:

  • How to use hypnosis to relax 
  • How to become more mindful and focus your attention away from your thoughts
  • How to stop worrying about life’s challenges
  • How to unhook from the thoughts that usually hook you in
  • How to practice your new skills in hypnosis
  • How to be exposed to your fears without overreacting
  • More about the causes of your panic and how to resolve them


During your treatment, we will work together as a team to decide on the strategies that work best for you.

You will need to be 100% committed to treatment as in between sessions you will be given tasks to work on and to practice.

What do our clients say about our treatment for panic attacks?

I have definitely learned strategies that can help with my anxieties in the future.

B.A, Wigan(Disclaimer: results may vary from person to person)

…it is the best thing I have ever done !! I feel so much more in control, have so much more faith in myself and my abilities and have built up the much needed coping mechanisms that I have been missing! I really wish I had done it sooner and would recommend it to anyone! Thank you Ian!

M.W, Wigan(Disclaimer: results may vary from person to person)

I would like to say a massive thank you for all your help and support over the last few months. You have changed my life for the better, you are so professional and obviously have an in depth knowledge in what you do. You put me at ease instantly. Thank you so much for everything, from the bottom of my heart.

J.S, Manchester(Disclaimer: results may vary from person to person)