Sir Simon Rattle and Anxiety

One of the tasks of a psychologist when guiding patients to better manage, if not overcome their anxiety problems, is how to best educate them about the biology of anxiety and fear.

There is evidence that patients who can better understand the meaning of their signs and symptoms of anxiety do better, and this is called the psycho-education phase of treatment.

Why I blog

Quite a few of my professional colleagues have asked me over the years why I blog and give away from information and acquired knowledge for free.

I was one of the first psychologists to blog (as well as have an online presence) starting in 2004, with my fear of flying blog. I stopped several years ago,

Calm is not the cure for anxiety

Many people think learning to be always calm in their feared situations will “cure’ their anxiety. They’re wrong – here’s why.

The pursuit of two human emotions can get people into all sorts of bother.

The first is happiness, which many people diagnosed with depression or similar mood disorders chase and wish for,

Anxiety treatment

What should you expect when you make an appointment to seek help and guidance for your anxiety condition? The reality of 21st century treatment might surprise you.

Almost everyone who comes to this site is seeking help for their fear of flying, or help for someone who is fearful of flying. They want to know how anxiety can be treated effectively.

Aviation Safety

Should I watch shows like Air Crash Investigation?

Many people, including patients, journalists, and those who work for airlines, often ask me if fearful flyers should be watching or avoiding TV shows like Air Crash Investigator, or indeed TV news bulletins featuring headline stories about aviation incidents.

It’s very hard to avoid the latter,

Visualisation and mental rehearsal

Visualisation and mental rehearsal

Nowadays, less than 20% of my patients cite air safety as their major concern which brings them to see me. Most airline-based courses, and certainly most books and websites spend a lot of time repeating the statistics about flight safety. This is necessary, but for many insufficient to help them fly better.


How to recalibrate your anxiety response using Heart Rate Variability training

Australia can take some pride in its list of inventions and inventors who have made a name for themselves around the world.

In terms of aviation, those black (actually orange) boxes which record flight deck conversations and inflight parameters originated in Australia.

Exposure Therapy

What is Exposure Therapy for Anxiety (and why is it so effective when used according to the evidence)?

Most of us are aware of the expression, “hopping back on the horse”.

It refers to being thrown from a horse, and the need to get back on and ride again immediately otherwise you’ll build up a fear response.

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 –