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Anxiety and panic attacks

We offer a range of interventions and assessments for young people with anxiety and panic attacks. Our services are available at your home, in school or within community settings.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotion that everyone feels from time to time. Anxiety becomes a problem when it starts to impact upon our lives and our ability to function. Anxiety can negatively impact the way children or young people think, feel and behave as well as affecting their emotional, social or academic functioning. 

The following are symptoms of anxiety which do not have a medical cause:

Types of anxiety disorders may include:

What are panic attacks?

A panic attack is a fear response that is a more intense version of your body’s fight or flight reaction that occurs when you perceive a threat.

Fight or flight response

Fight or flight response is a stress response, familiar to most people as an intense feeling of anxiety, shaking and fear that can occur when our bodies prepare against a possible threat (real or imagined). Symptoms of fight or flight include:

  • Increased heart rate 
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Dilation of pupils 
  • Hearing loss 
  • Increased blood flow 
  • Tunnel vision 
  • Sweating

People who suffer from panic attacks may experience the fight or flight response when there is no threat or the response may be exaggerated towards a small threat.

Symptoms of a panic attack can include:

Usually, panic attacks last between 5-20 minutes and can come on very quickly. Anxiety and panic attacks can affect children and young people in different ways and may have an effect on many areas of their life. If a child or young person experiences panic attacks then they will benefit from some support.

Services relating to anxiety and panic attacks can be suggested after an initial discussion. Read more about our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are anxiety and panic attacks assessed?

Anxiety and panic attacks can be assessed through clinical interviews, questionnaires and standardised tests. Psychologists may ask children, young people and the adults around them about symptoms, potential triggers and how anxiety and panic attacks are affecting their day-to-day life. An assessment focusing on anxiety and panic attacks allows HSR Psychology to come up with a bespoke plan that helps us support the child or young person’s needs related to anxiety and panic attacks.

What happens after an assessment?

After an assessment, we look at the individuals needs in order to recommend strategies to best support them with their anxiety and panic attacks. A specialist intervention is often recommended as it reduces the risk of difficulties with anxiety and panic attacks from escalating. We can compile a brief or a comprehensive report after needs are identified following an assessment. 

What specialist interventions do we offer?

Various interventions appropriate for anxiety and panic attacks are offered by our psychologists. An individual’s needs will help to decide on the specific intervention employed. Interventions we provide include:

Prior to starting interventions will be discussed in depth and agreed upon. Interventions have the benefit of providing support for the young people as well as their families both now as well as in the future

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Early needs identification and intervention improves outcomes for children and young people who experience anxiety and panic attacks. If you’re interested in an assessment or intervention for a young person then please contact us now for more information.

What makes us different

Access to a named psychologist

Focus on mental health and wellbeing

Joined-up approach

Bespoke services to meet needs

Multidisciplinary team

Holistic approach

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Flexible, consistent, and competitively priced

We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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Make a referral

To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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