Fear Of Flying Specialist

Thriving Mind Psychology

Psychologists located in Midtown, New York, NY

If you experience severe anxiety any time you travel on an airplane, or your fear of flying interferes with social or work activities, you may have an anxiety disorder known as a “specific phobia.” The compassionate team at Thriving Mind Psychology offers evidence-based treatment for flying phobia, including customized virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET). To address your phobia so you can travel by air without debilitating anxiety, call the office in Midtown Manhattan today or schedule a consultation online.

Fear of Flying Q & A

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What causes fear of flying?

Fear of flying, medically known as aviophobia, is a type of specific phobia characterized by overwhelming panic when flying or thinking about flying. The exact cause of this anxiety disorder isn’t clear. Unlike many phobias, fear of flying rarely originates with an actual traumatic flight experience. Some experts believe that fear of flying involves a combination of phobias, such as claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) and a fear of heights.

How do I know if I have a flight phobia?

You may have a clinical fear of flying if you: 

  • Experience intense fear when you consider flying or during air travel
  • Don’t ever fly or haven’t flown for more than five years
  • Fly only when absolutely necessary, with severe anxiety

Although rare, severe cases of flying phobia can cause a full-blown panic attack at the very thought of flying.

What is the treatment for fear of flying?

Effective therapeutic techniques for flight phobias include:

  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET)
  • Neurofeedback (electroencephalographic or EEG biofeedback)

The experts at Thriving Mind Psychology design personalized treatment plans to address your fear of flying based on your individual needs.

What is virtual reality exposure therapy?

Virtual reality exposure therapy is a technology-based treatment that helps you overcome your fear of flying through the process of experience. Your phobia has created an association of danger with a non-dangerous situation (flying). Experiential learning is one of the most effective ways to break this association. 

VRET allows you to reprogram your association with flying in a safe, controlled environment, under the guidance of a qualified therapist. Unlike typical VRET environments, which are created with computer software, VRET at Thriving Mind Psychology uses a custom-created virtual reality that is personalized for you. 

The team at Thriving Mind Psychology uses state-of-the-art virtual reality cameras to record real-life situations for use during your VRET sessions. This gives you and your therapist the opportunity to address the unique ways that you as an individual experience fear of flying.

For the most advanced treatment options to address your fear of flying, call Thriving Mind Psychology today or schedule a consultation online.