Fear of flying, or aviophobia, is an intense or irrational fear of travelling by air.
People suffering from aviophobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid situations where they might need to take an airplane or helicopter. Although the fear can be localised to flying itself, it is frequently seen in combination with acrophobia (fear of heights), and/or claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces).
Aviophobia often impacts on the person's personal and professional life, as they will tend to avoid situations such as traveling overseas with family or friends, or taking time-consuming travel alternatives for business trips.
Luckily, treatment is available. Run in partnership with Flight Experience Sydney, we combine pilot education and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the most effective treatment for specific phobias.
Pre-programme assessment: Phone or Skype assessment with a clinical psychologist
Session 1: Psychoeducation, physical management strategies
Session 2: Pilot Education Session with a commercially licensed pilot
Session 3: Review, cognitive therapy strategies
Session 4: Introduction to Behaviour therapy and exposure planning
Session 5: Flight simulator session with trained pilot and accompanied by psychologist
Post-programme assessment: Check-in, follow up, questionnaire