Fear of Heights (acrophobia)

Fear of heights, or acrophobia, is an intense or irrational fear of high places.

People suffering from this type of phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations involving heights. This avoidance will frequently impact on the person's professional and personal life by avoiding tall buildings, elevators, bridges, and sometimes even airplanes.

Luckily, effective treatment is available. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help us reengage with these situations and teach us specific skills and strategies to cope with the anxiety.

Programme structure

Pre-programme assessment: Phone or Skype assessment with a clinical psychologist.

Session 1: Psychoeducation, physical management strategies

Session 2: Review, cognitive therapy strategies

Session 3: Behavioural strategies and hierarchy development

Session 4: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Session 5: In-session exposure and skills practice

Post-programme assessment: Check-in, follow up, questionnaires