Jetstar the worst airline in the world? I think not, and here’s why

The local Australian newspapers and websites are somewhat awash today (April 28, 2017) with news of a consumer advocacy publication, Choice, and its selection of the low cost carrier as Australia’s worst airline. Here’s a screenshot of some of the article linked to, above:

Not surprisingly, there have been many comments,

Apple has introduced a Breathe app for the Applewatch – it might be handy for anxious flyers with a few tweaks

I am a keen user of technologies to help fear of flying patients better manage their fears, not just for flying but for other anxiety presentations. I am also a keen observer of Apple and a user of its products both personally and professionally.

Several times a year, the company holds a keynote where it lays out its forthcoming products and services.

What happens in treatment? After I’ve found and read, what next?

There are a number of ways people locate my services for fear of flying and related anxiety presentations. Given recent referrals, I thought I’d list a few then write about what happens when a prospective new patient emails, SMSs or telephones (0413040747 – I no longer maintain a landline) to enquire about how I work,

Safety Behaviours

Most patients who see me will eventually be introduced to the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the intervention that has the most publications in evidence-based journals for the effective treatment of anxiety disorders.

There are of course other approaches, many of which grew from the original psychoanalytic approaches pioneered by Freud more than a hundred years ago,

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.


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.