Several different types of events can cause a person to become afraid to fly.
Even though none of those situations is dangerous, they can all feel uncomfortable and contribute to a person developing a fear of flying.
Absolutely! There are many things a person can do to overcome the fear of flying. Coping with that or any fear can be as simple as learning more about how the human body keeps itself safe. Because we’re only made of skin and bone, the body protects itself by being finely-tuned to detect any possible dangers — even when those dangers only exist in our imagination.
When we encounter something unfamiliar, risky or just plain different from what we’re used to, the body reacts immediately with a burst of arousal to help us get away or fight our way to safety. This happens even when we’re just imagining the threat. Most people have had the experience where they’re lying in bed, safe and warm, yet their heart is pounding and they’re feeling real fear because they had a thought about some upsetting thing that might be happening the next day. Realizing that this is a very common and natural process that just happens — sometimes multiple times a day — can help some people to begin to cope more effectively when it happens on airplanes or when thinking about air travel.
We offer individual treatment sessions for the fear of flying, as well as weekend group treatments if you want to get over your fear of flying quickly. Our Non-Flyer group treatment program is a very popular option that participants rank very highly.
Visit us at AfraidtoFly.ca to learn more about how to how to overcome claustrophobia in an airplane and get rid of anxiety symptoms naturally, without medication.
Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is a team of psychologists and counsellers in Oakville, ON. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and anxiety for children, teens and adults.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Emotion-Focused Therapy
The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to help individuals become aware of the thoughts and patterns of behaviour that keep them feeling stuck. Its focus is on the ‘here-and-now’ to help relieve current symptoms and address current problems.
Emotion-Focused Therapy is an approach to couples and family issues that focuses on identifying and correcting repetitive and dysfunctional patterns that leave people feeling alone and unsupported. EFT helps members of a couple or family to remain engaged with each other in order to better communicate what each really needs from the other.