Fear of Flying
It is estimated that 25 million Americans have fears related to flying. While some people who fear flying are able to take flights and simply experience discomfort during take-off, cruising, or landing, others with flying phobia avoid traveling by plane altogether, thus greatly restricting their options for vacations, family visits, and even universities or jobs.
At Union Square Practice, Dr. Julia Vigna Bosson recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), sometimes enhanced by Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, to help people beat their fears. Mindfulness and breathing techniques also help keep fears from becoming overwhelming and debilitating. In some cases, medication may be an option.
Overcoming the fear of flying can take a bit of persistence and practice. Through treatment, many Union Square Practice clients have learned to tolerate and even enjoy the first leg of the journey.
For more information, read Dr. Bosson’s blog: fear of flying.