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.
Contact me to learn how to overcome driving anxiety
So, go to my website, contact me, and let’s schedule a Skype therapy session. Thank you.