The Panic Room SA was formed by counsellor, Kate Henderson, to offer exclusive support to individuals and families affected by anxiety and panic.

Kate aims to empower the individual to view their health from a holistic perspective, to recognise unhelpful ways of thinking and living, and to make self-responsible choices leading to improved mental health.  In doing so she draws on evidence based best practice treatments including Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in addition to her own experience of recovery from an anxiety disorder.

Services are simple and practical and offer the level of intimacy, friendship and care that is imperative to long-term recovery from an anxiety disorder. Access is easy and there is no need for a referral, simply pick up the phone or email your enquiry.  The Panic Room SA operates as a private service and does not receive funding.



Recovery is Possible.


Anxiety is a normal and human response.  Everyone experiences it at some time.  In some cases, anxiety may be quite useful in helping us to avoid dangerous situations and solve everyday problems, however it also has the potential to disable us.

People experiencing continuous or recurring fears recognise the problem as being irrational and unrealistic, but feel powerless to manage their symptoms.  While there is still a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding anxiety disorders, we believe that freedom from anxiety is possible with education and a supportive environment.


If you have struggled to find a way forward and are in need of a fresh start, visit our services page for more information about support and treatment options. 




Having provided counselling and support to people experiencing anxiety for over a decade, Kate Henderson brings a wealth of knowledge and genuine care to her work.


Kate's passion for working with anxiety stems from her personal journey through anxiety and depression. Her approach is down-to-earth, authentic and unique.  


"I would say that I'm an incredibly sensitive person, which has been both a blessing and a curse at times.  For me, anxiety peaked around my early 20's, but I think it had always been there.  I used to believe that there was something inherently wrong with me, some flaw in my personality, some bizarre health condition that hadn't been discovered.  All that changed when I finally came across a GP who hit the nail on the head - I had an anxiety disorder.  It was common and treatable and it wasn't my fault. The acknowledgement in itself was a huge relief. With the right help I gradually started to see the light at the end of the tunnel".


Kate describes recovery as learning to live well despite the natural tendency to feel anxious at times:  


When you're first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder you just want it to go away and you often confuse being 'recovered' with never feeling anxious again. I've found that recovery is not a destination - it's an ongoing process in which your anxiety gradually begins to 'live' around you rather than you living around it.  To me, recovery means that my actions, decisions and ultimately, my happiness is no longer determined by the presence or absence of anxiety. Anxiety, to a degree, is a part of life, it's how you respond to it that matters."


Kate utilises a combination of evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Committment Therapy (ACT) in conjunction with her personal experience.


"I'm here today doing what I do because I know that it's possible to move through the challenges that anxiety presents and find yourself in a much better place.  It's an absolute honour to work with people who are on a similar journey".


To make an appointment with Kate, please click here for more information.



"I'm here today doing what I do because I know that it's possible to move through the challenges that anxiety presents and find yourself in a much better place." 
"It's an absolute honour to work with people who are on a similar journey".





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    Support Groups:

    Tuesday - Fornightly

    6.30pm - 8.30pm

    Thebarton Community Centre

    60-78 South Road


    Monday - Monthly

    7pm - 8.30pm

    Online Via SKYPE


    **Please refer to services page for upcoming dates.


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    Due to restricted hours of operation, calls and emails are returned on Monday  and Friday each week.


    Please note that it is not our practice to reply therapeutically via email or phone.     

    Please be aware that The Panic Room SA is not a crisis service and, as such, cannot provide an immediate response  If you are in need of urgent assistance please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Adult Mental Health Service (SA) on 13 14 65.



    0410 521 633