How to Get Over Fear of Driving on Highways
Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety
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Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I am a professional mindfulness therapist and I offer online therapy over Skype for anxiety and depression and other emotional problems, including help with overcoming driving anxiety.
Many people experience driving anxiety and fear of driving on highways and similar problems. Sometimes we have problems driving over bridges, for example.
So, if you would like to learn how to get over fear of driving on highways or bridges or any other driving environment, you will find that the mindfulness approach that I teach to be very effective indeed. It’s not talk therapy, rather it’s working on the actual process that creates anxiety itself.
Basically, what is most typical for people is that we set up a strategy of challenges. That is very important. If their is a certain highway that creates the driving anxiety for you then we want to start setting up a schedule of regular challenges where you go and drive that highway, but in a manageable way, in small increments so we build on positive experience; that is of course very important.
But the important thing is that you don’t just do the challenges blindly. You prepare for the challenges by working with the emotions that get triggered.
Typically we would do what we call a Rehearsal Meditation. You actually play through the challenge, driving a particular stretch of highway or crossing a bridge and you look very specifically for the triggers and the emotions that get triggered. Then you will apply mindfulness to work with those emotions to help them resolve themselves, to essentially neutralize that very specific anxiety that gets triggered.
There are several different aspects of Mindfulness Therapy that make this process of neutralizing anxiety very effective. One of them is quite interesting for most people, and that is working with the imagery of the emotion.
All emotions are built around some form of internal psychological imagery, the way you see the emotion in the mind that gives it its strength and power. During mindfulness of the emotion, during mindfulness meditation on the emotion we are actually investigating this imagery. We are looking at the actual mechanism that creates and causes that anxiety.
It is not the highway that causes the anxiety, it’s the internal imagery that is triggered by the experience of the highway, and that’s what causes the anxiety.
The more we get to see this imagery, the more we can change the imagery, and when you change the imagery you will change that anxiety. The more you change the imagery, the more the anxiety resolves itself.
So, a lot of Mindfulness Therapy is focused around changing internal habitual emotional imagery. That is one of the reasons why it is so effective and so direct. Talking about your emotions is often nice, it produces temporary relief. Treating anxiety with medications may provide temporary relief. But nothing will come close to resolving anxiety more than actually investigating the process that creates that anxiety, which is investigating the imagery of the emotion and changing that imagery.
So. this is one thing that I teach during the online therapy sessions, and most people find it quite easy to do, actually. It is quite natural, it’s not outside of your normal experience, it’s just that we never look at our emotions in detail in this way.
So, if you would like to get help with your driving anxiety. If you would like to get over your fear of driving over a bridge or driving on a highway, then contact me and I will be happy to schedule a Skype session with you to start your process of overcoming your driving anxiety. Most people see quite dramatic changes after 3 to 4 sessions.
So, please go to my website and CONTACT ME and let’s schedule a session. Thank you!
How to Get Over Fear of Driving on Highways through Online Therapy