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Treating Panic: Balancing Crisis Interventions with Wellness Strategies

Elena Welsh, PhD
1 Hour 34 Minutes
Oct 03, 2022
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One in four adults experience a panic attack in their lifetime. This means that not matter what your clinical specialty is, you will likely see panic in your therapy practice.

View Elena Welsh, PhD, anxiety expert and author for this 90-minute talk learning evidence-based tools to help your clients cope with panic as it is happening, including:

  • Crisis interventions to use during a panic attack to help clients find relief in the moment
  • Wellness interventions clients can use in daily life to reduce vulnerability to future panic

Whenever your clients are feeling overwhelmed—whether by a panic attack or by everyday stressors — these powerful practices will help your clients find peace!


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Elena Welsh, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with clients with anxiety disorders from all walks of life in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She also works with a wide range of mood and depressive disorders, including bipolar disorder, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder/trauma-related mental health issues.

Dr. Welsh has published articles in various medical and research journals and is the author of The Cognitive Therapy Workbook for Panic Attacks; Trauma Survivors' Strategies for Healing: A Workbook to Help You Grow, Rebuild, and Take Back Your Life; Getting to Good: A Guided Journal; and 5-Minute Stress Relief: 75 Exercises to Quiet Your Mind and Calm Your Body. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at various universities in Los Angeles.

Dr. Welsh received her doctorate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and completed advanced clinical training through a postdoctoral fellowship at Gateways Psychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Elena Welsh maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with California Department of State Hospitals. She receives royalties as a published author. Elena Welsh receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Elena Welsh has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Differentiate between panic disorder and panic attacks that are secondary to other anxiety disorders.
  2. Use psychoeducation regarding physiology of fear and avoidance tailored to client’s presentation(s).
  3. Analyze problematic thought patterns that fuel anxiety and panic.
  4. Implement clinical techniques for helping clients manage panic effectively.


Accurately Diagnose Panic and Anxiety Disorders  
  • Differentiate between panic disorder and panic attacks that are secondary to other anxiety disorders   
  • Factors that may be exacerbating or maintaining panic symptoms   
  • Impact on client’s social and occupational functioning   
Provide Psychoeducation Regarding the Physiology of Fear and Avoidance  
  • Physical sensations that typically comprise a panic attack  
  • Help clients understand what a panic attack is  
Tools for Calming the Body in the Midst of Panic   
  • Breathing skills   
  • Relaxation techniques   
  • Grounding techniques  
  • Distraction   
Balance Crisis Interventions with Strategies for Long-Term Wellness   
  • Foundational health practices to reduce and manage the panic experience  
  • Help clients become more comfortable with the physical sensations of panic  
  • Target cognitive distortions that are common in anxiety   
  • Exposure techniques with confidence   

Target Audience

  • Psychologists  
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors  
  • Marriage & Family Therapists  
  • Addiction Professionals  
  • Case Managers  
  • Dieticians  
  • Nurses  
  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Administrators  
  • Social Workers  
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel  

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