The faculty member presenting this clinical case is Dr. Jessica Borushok. She’s a clinical psychologist and peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer practicing in California. The client has been given the name Sarah, and is a 25-year-old, Caucasian, cis heterosexual woman presenting to therapy with chronic panic attacks.
Sarah came to therapy after first experiencing a panic attack four months earlier. She had no prior history of mental health difficulties, other than being a self-described “nervous kid” when she was younger. So this was the first time she sought any kind of therapeutic support.