Victoria Telfer-Smith Counselling & Hypnobirthing
in Loughborough, near Leicester

Counselling and hypnosis. panic symptoms

Panic Attacks

What does it feel like for you, everyone is different, there are no rights or wrongs. Some people are set of by the most unfrightening of experiences, everydays things can set them off. Like a busy road, a noisy city, feeling lost in the car, walking by a group of children or teenagers. Going into a shop and paying for goods if there is a que behind you, doing exercise in a gym, going to the swimming baths.........

I would be very interested to know what you fell and what happens in your body when you get a panic attack, email me!

Maybe I could add some onto this web page, so that we can get a bigger idea of the effects.


Counselling and hypnosis. panic

If you suffer from Panic Attacks

There are things you can do whilst in a panic attack, because when they happen it can feel like you are going to die! You are not, I can guarantee that!

You can start by recognising that you are having a panic attack, see below for symptoms. Then focus your attention on something else, the room you are in, your bag or clothes, start to notice your breathing and then move around, slowly. Take a seat, safely, put both feet squarely on the ground and rest. Close your eyes if you like or leave the current place you are to a safer area.

It will pass, and if it happens again, do the same thing.

It is the body reacting to a trigger or a memory. It can cause symptoms like a feeling of choking, heart racing, pins and needles, dizziness, nausea, muscular pain.

Check out the diagram above about the symptoms and the one to the side about ways to deal with panic attacks.


What is counselling?

Counselling is a way of exploring yourself with a therapist/counsellor to navigate the paths of your mind and all the traffic that moves within it, sometimes crashing, causing chaos and turmoil within.
Counselling can help you to live the life that is right for you. I can facilitate this with support and gentle challenges to beliefs that may not suit you or your life, but may be imposed by cultural or societal rules or morals. We can also explore life choices, are they right for you or do they cause you pain?
I can help you find your voice, if it is lost or just a little quieter than you want it to be so it may not be heard by those who you want to hear it.

You think you are thinking your thoughts, you are not; you are thinking the culture's thoughts. - Indian sage Kriahnamurti.


About Counselling
As a therapist close to Leicester I practice a mainly Person Centered approach to counselling and therapy. This means that I follow the theories of Carl Rogers; the client leads the therapy, I follow your lead and am there for you and whatever you want to talk about in the session. The session last 50 minutes, on the first session we will work out a contract between us, explained below, and as soon as we agree we can start right away!
I am also able to use other disciplines in my practice, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Freudian Therapy, know as Psychoanalysis. I will make suggestions based on these disciplines that I feel will be of benefit.

What Conditions Can it Help?
Counselling and therapy can help with all manner of situations, we can discuss any issues or problems you are facing. Sometimes just talking can give a clarity to help face the immediate situation.
Recently, the NICE Guidelines approved the use of Counselling to help with Depression within the NHS, this is very positive for counselling.
I do have specialties, and can refer on if I feel I have reached my limitations, rest assured your comfort is of utmost importance.

What Benefits can be Expected?
The counselling journey will not be an easy one, it is hard work, but the outcome can make a confused, unhappy and distressed person feel happy, carefree and jubilant!

This is a picture of my Counselling Room, a space created for my clients to be and feel who they are without judgement. We can use this space to create the perfect environment to make changes.

Counselling and hypnosis. Room with rug

What is hypnosis?

The American Psychological Association‘s Division 30 (Society of Psychological Hypnosis) in 2014 has defined hypnosis as “A state of consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness characterised by an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion*” (Elkins et al,2015 p 6)
Hypnosis is something we already are in possession of, for example watching tv totally engrossed in your favorite Soap, you have entered a hypnotic state. Adverts on the telly take full advantage of this and make suggestion to you to make you buy their product.


How many sessions can I have, or do I need?

We will have a discussion about what your therapeutic goals are and what you need and can afford.

Therapy goals are mainly about the changes you want to have in your life, for example, I would like to get a new job or I want to feel less anxious in social settings. We can also measure goals and get an indication of when they have been met.

Six sessions is a good start, we can both get a feel for the therapeutic relationship to know what is needed, we can then make further sessions or end.

It is always important to have a ending session so you can evaluate the therapy and investigate goals and targets, have they been met?


Maya Angelou had a very hard life, but she also had a great writing talent, which she shared with the world.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou



She was attacked by her mothers boyfriend when she was just 8 years old. She told her brother and Uncle's about the attack and he was found guilty but only jailed for one day. He was released from prison and then found dead the next day, probably murdered by her brother and uncle's. As a consequence she felt her words had killed her attacker and didn't speak for at lease 5 years.
That was a brutal trauma she suffered, she dealt with it in a way that suited her. We each have our own ways of dealing with problems we encounter, no one way is wrong, we are the master of our universe.
Her most famous book; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiographical account of her early years.


Counselling and hypnosis. pink flowers

Practice Information

How much are the sessions?
I charge £40 per session.
Hypnobirthing £50 one to one session Group session £90 mum, partner and mum £150
Post Natal Depression £50

Do you offer discounts?
I offer discounts, although there are limited places, always check first.

What qualifications do you have?
I have a degree in Human Communication with Honors, a Certificate in Counselling and a Diploma in Counselling. I am studying the Mindful Mental Health Course with the Center of Excellence.
I am a fully qualified counselor and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy)and also on the Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists maintained by the BACP. I am always learning and developing myself and expanding my knowledge, which is a criteria of the BACP, but also benefits clients.
I have successfully completed a course with the National Hypnosis and Psychotherapy College which enables me to use hypnosis with my counselling clients.

DBS Certificate
I have been cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service

BACP Registered
I am a qualified and trained counselor and work in a Person Centered Private Practice. This means that you, the client, lead the therapy and take the journey you want to go on with me as the guide. I am the expert in therapy and you are the expert of you life.

I am qualified to use Hypnosis with Counselling which is a very useful tool to help you to change behaviour and to stick to the changes you have made.

We will meet in my comfortable counselling room in my private practice that I run from my home. This is a safe place for reflection and exploration of issues, and for finding solutions; putting them into practice so that you can live the life that you want to.
I want to create a place for you to feel confident to work, your satisfaction is my ultimate goal.


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story


Can I bring someone?
Yes, but they cannot be part of your therapy and in the same room. We can discuss this situation in the initial email contact.

How do I get in touch
Make an email enquirey or call me on the number provided. I will be in touch via email within 4 hours. If I do not answer my phone, leave a message and I will call you back within 4 hours.

When can I come?
Make a contact email and I can book you an appointment at your convenience, subject to availability.

What if I don't know what to say?
New experiences can feel quite frightening to us all, no matter what they are. I have created a safe and relaxing environment for your comfort, any fear you feel is a quality to bring to the counselling room. There is a picture of my Counselling Room on the website, as you will see it is a space to feel and just be in.


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi


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