CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF FLYING! Are you afraid to fly? Do you fly with extreme anxiety? Are you looking for treatment for fear of flying in the Los Angeles area? Have you tried and failed with other treatments to overcome your fear of flying?
Studies estimate that between 10 to 20% of the
population suffers from fear of flying or aviophobia. Many people fly
with extreme anxiety and others have avoided flying for years. Fear of
flying can now be treated successfully in 8-10 weekly sessions. Virtual
reality therapy, or VR therapy, is the combination of the most highly
successful treatment for fears and phobias (exposure therapy) with a
computer generated world that allows you to practice facing your fears.
You become an active participant within a computer generated
three-dimensional virtual world that utilizes visual, auditory and
movement cues. The VR system allows you to experience emotions
consistent with those experienced in the real world.
treatment for the fear of flying usually requires that both the
therapist and patient travel to the nearest airport, spend time on
airplanes, and often take a flight together. Virtual Reality Treatment
is conducted in the therapist's office eliminating the need for travel
to the airport.
Patients receive visual and audio sensory cues
consistent with being in an actual airplane. At every step of the
virtual flight the therapist can see and hear what the patient is
experiencing in the virtual plane. VR therapy for fear of flying offers
many advantages over standard exposure therapy approaches including
decreased cost, protection of patient confidentiality, safety for
patient and therapist during exposure, complete control over the virtual
flight, and shorter therapy sessions.
Treatment for fear of flying usually begins with a thorough
assessment of your fear. You are then taught how to manage the physical
symptoms of anxiety by using breathing and relaxation techniques.
Learning to change thoughts that create anxiety is also an important
step in the treatment. After you learn these skills you are ready to
practice them using the virtual reality program for fear of flying. You
can practice sitting in a plane, take offs, flying in good weather,
flying in bad weather and landings. Each aspect of the flight can be
repeated many times during a typical session. By the end of treatment
you can calmly take an entire virtual flight.
After completion of
the VR treatment you are ready to take an actual flight. Research
studies indicate a 93% success rate using VR therapy to overcome the
fear of flying.
Fear of Flying Treatment L.A.
The Center for Virtual Reality Therapy has offices in Santa Monica, CA and Calabasas, CA. For further information please contact Dr. Alan
Berkowitz, Dr. Nan Tarlow or Dr. Gerald Tarlow at (818) 465-8778. Or email us at