Cognitive Therapy Approaches to Anxiety

Cognitive Therapy is one of a number of evidence-based treatment strategies I employ

Cognitive Therapy is one of the four strategies I work with, and which has a strong evidence base for helping patients decrease their anxiety. While its origins go back to the ancient Greek philosophers, it’s only since the 1950s that clinical psychology has come into its own (away from merely doing psychometric tests for psychiatrists) and forged new ways to help people be relieved from the burdens of anxiety and depression.

“Loss of Control” Issues

Issues of Loss of Control can be very central for fearful flyers, especially those in senior positions

I’ve cited Loss of Control as one of the core issues some fearful flyers present with. Almost by definition, this group has made their own attempts to overcome this aspect of their fears –

Putting your panic system at ease

In another post, I wrote about about Panic and what it is.

I ended it by suggesting patients need to learn how their alarm system needs to be put at ease when it’s discovered it has gone off unnecessarily or needs to be reset once danger has past or been adequately dealt with.

Things to know about Panic

“Panic” has become one of those words a little like “depression”. We all use it, we all think we know what it means, but when you actually sit down in a clinical psychologist’s room and ask people about their experiences, you get very different and personal answers.

There are of course textbook definitions practitioners like myself use in correspondence with colleagues and for publication (and occasionally in legal settings).


How to understand and manage Claustrophobia

I once flew many years ago with a patient whose main self-assessed complaint was claustrophobia. We flew after a number of office sessions after she had been presented with most of the material and training I share with patients.

At one point during our outbound flight,

Why you won’t see testimonials from current or previous patients here

Why registered health practitioners can’t use testimonials on their websites or in their advertising

If you have come here from surfing the web looking for information about fear of flying or other anxieties, you may have noticed that both Australian and international sites featuring psychologists sometimes also include testimonials. Some of these are anonymous and some from clients or patients who allow their identities to be publicly known.

What is turbulence?

How to deal with turbulence is a good model for fear of flying in general, and needs to be answered adequately to help reduce anxiety in most fearful flyers… this entry will get a little technical but stay with it! We’ll look at the physiology, psychology, and aerodynamic aspects of turbulence. Strap yourself in,

Flightwise’s Virtual Reality technologies

Psious is an Award-winning Virtual Reality company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain with a new office in San Francisco in a VR incubator project to bring to market the best and brightest developments in Virtual Reality-based therapies

How does it work?

Psious uses the Unity platform to develop “environments” which bear a close resemblance to the many scenarios  patients confront such as aviation,