Fear of flying, or aviophobia, can result from inexperience with flying, a traumatic flight experience, general anxiety about feeling out of control, claustrophobia, or a fear of having a panic attack on a flight. Maybe you don’t like the idea of being stuck in a vessel flying through the air. Maybe you think that it is unnatural for people to be off the ground. With all of the sounds and turbulence on flights, it can be hard to know what’s going on. Many people find it is easier to stay home or go somewhere in driving distance rather than get on a plane. The more you avoid flying, the scarier it can get.
Ready To Beat Your Fear Of Flying With MindWell NYC?
Does your fear of flying interfere with important things in your life? Is it holding you back? Stopping you from doing the things that you want? Whether you fly under great distress or avoid flying on airplanes all together, the best way to take control back is to confront your fears. At MindWell NYC, we offer exposure therapy, which is specifically designed to help people systematically face the things that they are afraid of or avoiding. Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
Our therapists use different types of exposure therapy to treat fear of flying, as well as other phobias. For example, your therapist may ask you to imagine different flying scenarios, have you watch videos of flights, or go to the airport for practice. We also provide state-of-the-art virtual reality exposure therapy, which allows you to get fully immersed in a flight situation without leaving the therapist’s office!
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy At MindWell NYC
Can’t get to the airport on your own? Afraid to take a trip with friends, family, or your significant other? Do you keep turning down business trip opportunities? At MindWell NYC we provide virtual reality exposure therapy, which allows you to experience flight-like conditions right from the safety of your therapist’s office!
Virtual reality exposure therapy uses the latest technology to simulate real-life experiences. During virtual reality exposure therapy, you will wear goggles with computer-generated images and the therapist will guide you through different flight scenes such as the airport, boarding a plane, take-off, turbulence, and landing. Your therapist can control different aspects of the flight scenarios in order to tailor them to your specific fears. As part of your treatment, you will be asked to book a flight so you can see the effects of virtual reality exposure therapy working in real life. Based on research, the fear of flying program is designed to be effective in 6-10 sessions, though your therapist will work with you to figure out the best treatment plan suited to your needs.
You Can Fly Again. Now Is The Time To Take Control Back.
At MindWell NYC, we will work with you to create a treatment plan specifically targeting your fear of flying so you can go on that business trip, travel around the world, visit family and friends, and/or finally take that vacation you have been dreaming about. This plan may involve a combination of imaginal exposure, exposure in real life, and virtual reality exposure therapy. If you are ready to take control back and work on your fear of flying, or have questions about the program, please contact us for a free 15 minute phone consultation today by calling 646.809.5440 or clicking below. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the process.