Overcome the Fear of Flying in New York, California, and Florida | Severe anxiety may limit you from delivering optimal results at work. In case of anxiety and fear of flying, you may find flights quite unbearable. Thriving Center of Psychology uses a fully personalized treatment for specific phobias like the fear of flying. If you need evidence-based treatment for flying phobia through customized virtual exposure therapy (VRET), consider visiting Dr. Alexander Alvarado for a better experience before your next flight. Dr. Alvarado uses a multi-faceted approach focusing on the underlying causes of your phobia.
Factors Contributing to the Fear of Flying
Fear of flying/ aviophobia is a specific phobia distinguished by overwhelming panic and fear when thinking about or actually flying. Medical experts are yet to determine specific causes of fear of flying.
Unlike most phobias, the fear of flying involves a collection of phobias like the fear of heights and fear of enclosed spaces/ claustrophobia.
Do I Have Flight Phobia?
Symptoms of clinical fear of flying include;
- Flying only when necessary as a result of severe anxiety
- Not having flown for the past five years or more even when necessitous
- Experiencing intense fear during air travel or when considering flying
Despite being rare, if left unchecked, severe fear of flying may cause full-blown panic attacks at the simple thought of a previous, imaginary, or future flight. Even something like looking up the cost to rent a private jet, an experience most would find really exciting, could trigger all sorts of anxious thoughts in someone with a severe fear of flying.
Treatment for Fear of Flying
Proven therapeutic techniques for flight phobias include;
- Group therapy
- Talk therapy/ psychotherapy
- Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Neurofeedback/ electroencephalographic or EEG biofeedback
Experts at the Thriving Center of Psychology prepare a fully personalized treatment plan addressing your fear of flying and other individual symptoms.
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Virtual reality exposure therapy refers to technologically-based treatment aiming to help you overcome the fear of flying through experience. In most cases, a phobia is created by regular association flying and perilous flying situations. Experiential learning is a highly effective treatment in management for your flying phobia.
VRET creates a favorable environment to ensure that your recovery is achieved from a safe and controlled environment under a qualified therapist’s guidance. A typical VRET environment is built using computer software. Thriving Center of Psychology administers VRET using a custom-made virtual reality personalized to your needs.
Thriving Center of Psychology uses state-of-the-art virtual reality cameras to record realistic situations during a VRET session. A VRET session allows you and your therapist to address unique ways for improving your experience when flying.
Other Services Offered at Thriving Center of Psychology
The practice offers a fully specialized approach for;
- Anger management
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Couples therapy
- Group therapy
- Life coach
- Neurofeedback training
- Online video teletherapy
- Panic disorder
- Peak performance
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep disorders
- Sleep problems
- Substance abuse
You may use advanced and specialized treatment and management options addressing the fear of flying. Thriving Center of Psychology is readily available for your needs around the clock for an in-person and online video teletherapy.