Let Fear Go And You Will Soar.

You have probably heard it over and over: Flying is safer than driving a car. You have read statistics that show the odds of being injured when travelling by plane are 1 in 46 million. Still, 50 million Americans have given up flying, fly with anxiety, or have never flown.
The reasons generally fall into two categories:

  • You may be overly concerned about the technical aspects of flying, pilot error, or bad weather.
  • You are concerned about being trapped in an environment in which you have no control.

Fear Is A Normal Emotion.

Everyone is afraid of something, but unrealistic fears can become phobias.

Phobias are anxiety disorders, characterized by exaggerated and persistent fears of certain objects, or situations. Sufferers experience fears of certain objects, or situations. Sufferers experience anxiety when the feared situation is encountered and might do everything in their power to avoid the situation, or object, that causes them so much pain.

Anxiety symptoms are the body's natural response that helps us to avoid dangerous situations. Some symptoms are: restlessness, shakiness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dry mouth, lightheadedness, difficulties swallowing, irratibility and difficulty sleeping.

When confronted with a situation that you would like to avoid, your muscles tense and your breathing becomes restricted. The more this occurs, the more you are conditioning yourself to become sensitive to the situation.

Breaking The Fear / Tension Cycle.

If you can be sensitized to fear something, you can also be desensitized not to fear it.
Fear Takes Flight is an individualized, step-by-step, flight anxiety treatment program developed by a therapist who formerly had flight anxiety.
This simple four-step program is designed to help you confront your fears through positive mental conditioning and stress-resolution techniques. You start with easy fears and slowly work to desensitize your nerves. As you build your confidence, your fears are reduced.

Charting Your Flight Plan.

The ultimate goal is for you to build your confidence, set-by-step, until you are ready to overcome your fear and take a short flight with your therapist-pilot..

Before your flight, you will be taught techniques that will help you cope with anxiety. You will also be given important information about aerodynamics, the principles of flight, air safety and other relevant data that will help to make your flight a pleasant one.
A timetable will be established with agreed upon expectations. After consultation, you may choose between slow exposure and rapid exposure to flight, depending on which procedure is deemed more appropriate.
Feedback will be given after each flight. This will help reduce your anxiety during your next flight. A good indication of progress is reduction of anxiety from start to finish during each session.

The Sky's The Limit.

Flying is the safest form of transportation. Remember, the pilot wants to get to the destination just as much as you do.
But those are only words and emotions are stronger than words. Confronting your fear of flying is a challenge. It will take time, patience and the willingness to be uncomfortable with your fear, while Fear Takes Flight gives you the confidence and the power to take control.