Who can help with my crippling fear of flying?
May 4, 2007 10:58 PM Subscribe
So I'm afraid to fly. Are there therapists or professionals that will actually help with this? There's more
posted by Octoparrot to health & fitness (24 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I currently work a job that requires occasional but not regular travel. I am absolutely horrified of flying and it's caused at least one "career limiting move" where I refused to take a trip. I can see that rationally I have nothing to fear considering the safety of commercial airflight but I have serious issues with flying. Are there therapists or other professionals that can help with this?
Please don't try to quote statistics or other information that will change my attitude. I know this is an irrational fear and I have tried going the route of reviewing statistics and it does no good. I think I need professional help but am at a loss for finding a therapist that actually could help with this. I am in the Denver, CO area if that is important.
As a side note, I flew quite often in my youth and had a few bad experiences that I believe have contributed to this fear. One example includes an extremely bad landing in poor weather that involved regular flyers praying in their seats next to me. The other involving a very long flight where everything was great then we had sudden drops in altitude or something that resulted in a roller coaster type effect that scared teh beejezus out of me. While I think these issues contribute to the problem I do think I have underlying anxiety issues that need to be addressed. Suggestions???