Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety
Struggling with Anxiety and Panic Attacks when on the Road?
Would You like Help to Learn How to Manage Your Emotions More Effectively?
I CAN HELP YOU THROUGH DRIVING ANXIETY THERAPY ONLINE SESSIONS VIA SKYPE
Do you feel overly anxious on the highway or in heavy traffic? I frequently see clients who have developed an intense fear of driving, and the approach of Mindfulness Therapy has shown itself to be particularly effective in resolving the underlying anxiety associated with driving.
The secret to stopping anxiety reactions is to change the underlying imagery that operates beneath the surface. Change the imagery and you change the emotion. The reason why you react with unreasonable anxiety is because your mind sub-consciously reacts by generating anxiety producing imagery, rather like the traumatic flash-back memory imagery of someone suffering from PTSD. This imagery acts as an organizing property, focusing emotional energy into the intense form of an emotional reaction. The sight of a bridge, highway, fast moving traffic, etc are simply triggers that trigger this dysfunctional emotional imagery. The imagery creates the emotional reaction and the body reacts to this imagery by producing the physical symptoms of anxiety or panic.
During mindfulness therapy sessions I will help you change this internal habitual imagery, and as I said before, once you change the imagery you also change the emotional reactions directly. This approach is immensely effective not only for driving anxiety but for PTSD and anxiety disorders in general.
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People can develop driving phobia for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the phobia follows some time after an accident on the road. The trauma of the accident may cause you to lose your confidence; often the traumatic memories are so strong that they limit our ability to respond to changing conditions on the highway, making us more accident-prone, which further undermines confidence. However, for most people, driving anxiety has a different cause, and usually not because of a traumatic accident as one might think. A much more common scenario is that there is underlying General Anxiety, or Core Anxiety that has simply taken on the particular form of a driving phobia.
Whatever the cause, you can overcome fear of driving quite effectively using the techniques taught during Mindfulness Therapy sessions.
The first step in treating Driving Anxiety or Driving Phobia is to use your imagination to access the anxiety reaction that occurs when you are driving your car. We do not want to simply re-live the panic anxiety but rather we want to learn how to experience that anxiety differently so that we do not become overwhelmed by it and reactive. Reactivity simply reinforces the emotion. Instead of fighting it or resisting it, we learn how to sit with the fear in the same way that we would sit with a child. We know that shouting at the child won't help resolve his fear. Ignoring the child won't help either. What does help is sitting down with the child quietly and listening - creating a safe space in which the child can begin to open up and resolve his or her pain.
Cultivate a Mindful Relationship with the Driving Anxiety Emotion
Once we have accessed the anxiety or panic feeling, we then choose to sit with it - not thinking about it, not getting lost in the story or the emotion, not wallowing in it, but rather learning how to be present with it. This is analogous to sitting quietly with a child or a friend who is suffering and simply creating a safe space of friendliness and spaciousness that is the essence of mindfulness. In this way we are learning the art of not becoming overwhelmed, not becoming reactive and not feeding the emotion.
Investigate the Emotion at the heart of our Driving Anxiety
As explained above, all emotions have a structure - part imagery and part bodily - so we look very closely to learn more about this structure. In this way we deepen our relationship with the emotion. Over and over again, we find that the real problem is not in the emotion itself but in our habitual reactivity to it. This blind resistance or blind re-living the anxiety is what stops the anxiety from changing and healing - keeping the wound open and festering. Mindfulness counteracts this unhealthy relationship and provides the ideal conditions in which the anxiety can begin to transform and heal.
One of the products of investigation with mindfulness is that we see much more of the detail of the imagery that supports the emotion. Seeing this detail gives us details that we can work with, using our imagination and intuition.
Change the Imagery and You Change the Emotion
We can investigate changing the color and size of the imagery. Anxiety and other intense emotions always have equally intense colors and are invariably large. Change the colors to black and white and make the image small and experience the change in intensity of the anxiety.
There are numerous little changes that you can make - once you see the detailed structure of the emotion. Knowledge is power and the real power is always in the detail - like specific colors, shape, textures and other sensory properties that give form to the emotion.
Repeat and Refine
They say that the secret of all successful enterprise is good planning and thorough rehearsal before you take action. This is exactly what we do during Mindfulness Therapy for Driving Anxiety. We make the changes in imagery as described above and then we replay the stressful scene and notice the decrease in intensity of the emotion. We have learned something useful. Perhaps the emotion had a hot red color. Cooling that hotness with cool blue water really quenched the anxiety. Now we refine what we have learned, cultivating and strengthening this new response to the anxiety. In this very deliberate and specific way we can learn exactly how to resolve the anxiety. This learning becomes automatic with practice so that we no longer feel the need to react with a full-blown panic attack when we are driving again.
Re-exposure Therapy for Driving Anxiety
The proof is in the doing. So after careful rehearsal using the mindfulness-imagination methods briefly described above, we test our responses by getting back in that car and going for a drive. Now, if anxiety arises, you have effectively programmed your mind to respond differently to the anxiety - not becoming overwhelmed by it- but responding to the anxiety with inner friendliness, which is so much a part of mindfulness. If the anxiety is still high, then you simply set up another rehearsal session to re-process this anxiety using mindfulness. Eventually, you will have learned so many new ways of processing your anxiety that it will cease to have any power over you.
How to Get Over Fear of Driving
Online Therapy for Overcoming Driving Anxiety
I provide therapy sessions via Skype in which I teach you practical mindfulness-based methods for overcoming your fear of driving. The approach works really well and most of my clients see significant improvements and reduction in their driving anxiety after 3-4 sessions.
Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional mindfulness-based therapist based in Boulder, Colorado and I offer therapy over Skype for the treatment of anxiety, depression and other emotional problems, including driving anxiety.
How to Get Over Fear of Driving through Mindfulness Therapy
If you would like to learn how to get over the fear of driving, how to get over the fear of driving on highways, or how to get over the fear of driving across a bridge, for example, or how to basically overcome any form of driving anxiety or driving phobia then you will find the Mindfulness approach that I teach to be very effective indeed.
Basically, why it works so well is because it gives you a practical way of changing the way you relate to the anxiety itself. Most of the time we get caught in habits of avoidance and we get caught in habits of aversion to that anxiety. It is quite natural, we don't like unpleasant emotions, unpleasant feelings, so we run away from them, we suppress them, we try to get them out of the mind any way we can. But, unfortunately, that strategy will not work, it will not help you change the anxiety, it will not help you get over your fear of driving.
It is absolutely essential that you do begin to set up a schedule of regular challenges, manageable challenges, getting on the road, getting on the highway and facing those situations that create that anxiety.
But, exposure alone is not enough; that's not going to stop the anxiety. You have to add the element of preparation, you have to work with the emotions before you do the challenge, and this is what we call mindfulness-based anxiety management.
You learn how to change your relationship to your anxiety, how to stop avoiding the anxiety, how to stop suppressing the anxiety, but rather learning to "sit" with the anxiety, very much in the same way that a parent would sit with a child in pain.
And that is really the nature of the driving anxiety, it is a part of you, a small part of you that becomes afraid, and what it needs more than anything else is connection with the larger part of you, what we call your True Self, and that is what I will teach you during the online therapy sessions. I will teach you exactly how to change your relationship to your anxiety in a way that will help it resolve.
Anxiety is a habit and habits can be changed. Habits thrive on the absence of consciousness, unawareness. The moment you shine consciousness on that habit, the habit begins to lose its strength all together. And that is exactly what we are doing with our anxiety. The more consciousness you shine on the anxiety the more that anxiety begins to subside, begins to resolve itself.
So, through this relationship that you develop with your anxiety you are effectively teaching the anxiety how to resolve itself, and this becomes a new pathway in the brain. So, when you encounter the anxiety in the future your brain now has a new pathway to go down, which resolves that anxiety on the spot, wherever you are driving. The triggers trigger that anxiety, but the anxiety resolves itself on the spot. That is what we will be training to do during these online Skype therapy sessions, and it works extremely well. Most people see significant improvements after 3 or 4 sessions of Mindfulness Therapy. I have helped many, many people overcome their driving anxiety and fear of driving on highways and other forms of driving phobia.
If you would like to get started with me, please email me. Go to my website and email me and then we can schedule your first Skype therapy session to help you get over your fear of driving. So please go to my website and contact me now. Let's get started. Thank you.
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How to Overcome Fear of Highway Driving - Online Therapy via Skype
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I provide online therapy over Skype for working with anxiety and depression and other emotional problems. But one of the things that I get asked most often to help with is fear of driving, particularly how to overcome fear of highway driving. This seems to be a real problem for many people.
The mindfulness therapy approach that I offer online basically teaches you how to really reprogram your emotional habits, your emotional reactions.
We do this by actually learning how to apply mindfulness directly yo the anxiety itself. Essentially, we are learning how to meditate on the anxiety. Of course, our habit is to avoid our emotions, but this is the worst thing you can possibly do. By avoiding your anxiety you basically strengthen it.
Mindfulness does the exact opposite, it actually cultivates conscious awareness of your anxiety. You establish a conscious relationship with your anxiety and this is what catalyzes change and allows the anxiety to resolve itself.
So, the program for overcoming highway driving anxiety or any other form of driving phobia you may have is one of, first of all, setting up regular challenges where you will be facing the actual situation that creates that anxiety. There is no substitute for that; you must put yourself in that situation.
But, there is no point in exposing yourself to that anxiety and just hoping that you will get over it. That style of exposure therapy is just not very effective in my experience. You have to prepare yourself for the challenge.
So, this means, basically playing through the challenge in your mind, the particular stretch of highway that you will be driving over, finding the anxiety that gets triggered, and then sitting with that anxiety, creating a conscious relationship with it, and exploring the imagery of the anxiety emotion itself, changing that imagery, and doing whatever you can to help that anxiety resolve itself.
You are learning to teach that anxiety to resolve itself before you go on the challenge; this is the key. Then you do the challenge and basically during the challenge all you have to do is stay conscious. If anxiety is triggered, then you can respond to that anxiety on the spot with mindfulness, which helps defuse it in the live scene.
Then, after the challenge you might do another round of mindfulness work with the anxiety since you now have perhaps some fresh emotion to work with. You would then sit with that emotion and again work on building that relationship with it so that you don't become overwhelmed by the anxiety. You can sit with it like a parent sitting with a frightened child. It is not you, it is simply an object within you. It is a part of you, if you like, but it is not you.
Being an object you can establish a relationship with it as the observer. The more you can strengthen that relationship as the observer, seeing the anxiety, but not reacting to it, the more that anxiety will change.
You are learning how to be with the anxiety without feeding it through reactivity or avoidance or any other form of unskillful behavior. It's only when can sit with it without reacting that it can really change, and that is a central part of the mindfulness therapy for driving anxiety that I will be teaching you during online therapy sessions that I offer over Skype.
If this interests you and you want to learn how to overcome your fear of highway driving or fear of driving over bridges or driving anxiety in general, do please go to my website and contact me by email and then we can schedule a Skype therapy session.
Most people really respond very quickly to the mindfulness approach because it works so directly with the underlying mechanism that creates that anxiety. Most clients see quite substantial changes after 3 to 4 sessions.
So, if this interests you and you want to overcome driving anxiety or other form of driving phobia do please contact me and let's schedule a Skype therapy session. Thank you!
How to Overcome Fear of Highway Driving
Overcome Fear of Driving
How to Overcome Fear of Driving through Online Therapy
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional online therapist and I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy for the treatment of anxiety.
One of the most common forms of anxiety that I encounter is driving anxiety or highway phobia. It is quite surprising how common this is throughout America.
So, the mindfulness approach is particularly effective for all forms of anxiety and particularly driving anxiety because it helps you change the underlying process actually causes anxiety, rather than just treating symptoms.
And with most forms of highway phobia, fear of driving on the highway or freeway, fear of crossing bridges, fear of driving in remote areas, for example. Whatever the type of driving or highway phobia that you are struggling with, there is one key factor to making successful change, and that is to change the underlying imagery of that anxiety.
All emotions are based around internal habitual imagery; it is how you see it in the mind that creates that anxiety or panic attacks, and this is what we need to change, and we do this through the methods of Mindfulness Therapy, which I offer online via Skype. If you would like to learn more, simply email me and I will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a trial Skype therapy session with you.
Most people see quite substantial changes after 3 or 4 sessions. Mindfulness Therapy is very different than traditional "talk therapy"; it's much more focused on the underlying process that causes anxiety rather than just talking about managing symptoms. This is not enough. You have to change that underlying habit, and that is what driving anxiety is: It is an emotional habit, and habits can be changed, and that's what we do during Mindfulness Therapy sessions. Very effective indeed.
So, please go to my website and simply email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you have and then we can schedule a Skype therapy session for your driving anxiety. Thank you!
How to Overcome Fear of Driving - Skype therapy for driving anxiety
How to Overcome Driving Anxiety
I offer Skype therapy sessions in which I will teach you specific mindfulness-based strategies to help you overcome your fear of driving. If you want to learn how to overcome driving anxiety, please contact me via email to schedule an online therapy session. Most people see dramatic improvements after only 3-4 sessions.
How to Overcome Fear of Driving
Welcome! My name is Peter Strong and I provide online therapy over Skype, especially for treating anxiety. Most of my clients come to me for help with overcoming anxiety, and driving anxiety is one particular form of anxiety that is very, very common and is, of course, a big problem for many people. For example, one of my clients had a fear of bridges, and she was living in Florida, and this, of course, made it very difficult for her to get anywhere since she had to travel over many bridges to get to work.
So, if you are interested in online therapy for driving anxiety, do please go to my website and simply email me and I will explain to you how Mindfulness Therapy works for overcoming fear of driving, highway phobia, or whatever particular form of driving anxiety that you have.
It is really much easier than you might think. Really, the central focus of Mindfulness Therapy that makes it work so well for anxiety is that it works on changing the underlying process that creates the anxiety, and that process is primarily built around imagery, that is, the way you see the emotion in your mind.
This is particularly the case if you are recovering from a car accident, that will have left a traumatic memory image in the mind. That imagery is what creates the anxiety. The imagery gets triggered by external sights and so on: the sight of the road, the place where the accident happened, and so no and so forth, but what causes the anxiety is that internal imagery, the traumatic imagery in this case.
Most people are not aware of their emotional imagery. they are simply aware of what triggers the anxiety and then the experience of the anxiety, but not the "black box" in between.
In Mindfulness Therapy, we focus on opening that black box to look at the actual imagery that creates your anxiety. Once you begin to investigate and know the structure of that imagery then you can produce effective changes in that imagery.
The imagery, remember, is simply formed out of habit, and habit, as you know, thrives on unawareness. The moment you start to bring awareness to that imagery then you can choose how to change that imagery to a form that is less intense and less traumatic and creates less anxiety.
So, this is one part of Mindfulness Therapy, working with internal imagery. There is many other factors as well that really make it such an effective approach. Another key feature, I would say, of Mindfulness Therapy is the idea that we actually learn to develop a friendly relationship with our emotions. This is absolutely crucial.
Most people don't like painful emotions and it is natural that we run away from them, we avoid them, we react with aversion to them. But, reactivity, whether it is either avoidance or aversion is not going to change that habitual process that creates the anxiety. It actually strengthens the underlying emotion. So, we have to overcome those natural patterns of reactivity to the anxiety, and this we do with Mindfulness Therapy.
It works extremely well. You can actually learn to make friends with your anxiety and see it as an object, as something that is part of you but is not you, it does not have to define you.
For example, one client I was working with, I helped her see the anxiety as being like a small version of herself, a small person, and she was able to put that person in the passenger seat of the car and take it for a drive. So she was literally taking her anxiety for a drive. So, she had changed her relationship to her anxiety, she was no longer overwhelmed by that anxiety, she was no longer controlled by it. Instead she had formed a conscious relationship with that anxiety, and when you are conscious in that way, you do not suffer, you do not experience the anxiety. You are basically learning to care for the anxiety and help it heal and change itself.
So, this is a key feature of Mindfulness Therapy, learning to build a conscious and caring relationship towards your emotions and, of course, that means towards yourself.
If you would like to learn more, go to my website and email me. I will be happy to answer your questions and we can schedule a trial Skype therapy session to work on your particular form of driving anxiety or working with trauma if you are recovering from a car accident.
The important thin is to take actions: Call me, send me an email and let's get started.
Because Mindfulness Therapy is so direct and works with the underlying cause rather than just treating symptoms, it works very fast, indeed, and most people will see quite significant improvements after 3-4 session. That certainly happened in the case of my Florida lady who, after 3 or 4 sessions was able to finally leave the island that she was living on and return to the mainland where she needed to meet business colleagues, so that worked out quite well for her.
Another lady I worked with, abroad, in the Middle East, started off without being able to drive more than a block away from her home before she had a panic attack. After 4 or 5 sessions she was able to drive over an hour without having significant anxiety. We are continually improving the outcome for he so that eventually I hope she will have complete freedom in where she drives without any anxiety at all. And this is definitely possible.
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So, go to my website, contact me, and let's schedule a Skype therapy session. Thank you.
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This is just a brief introduction to the use of Mindfulness Therapy for overcoming Driving Anxiety. If you are interested in exploring this further, please email me and ask your questions or schedule a Skype Therapy session. People usually see big improvements after 3-6 sessions. You will know after the first session if this approach is right for you.
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