Effective HELP FOR FEAR OF DRIVING
Don't your fear of driving interfere with your life! I can help you to be a confident driver in just a matter of weeks. Treatment for phobia of driving based in Rickmansworth and Aylesbury clinics, welcoming enquiries from Ruislip, Eastcote, Harrow, Uxbridge, Pinner, Northwood and Hillingdon, Chesham and Berkhamsted & Chorleywood.
Sessions are also available via Skype and Zoom.
A fear of driving is actually fairly common and it's something that I treat many people for. The anxiety is centred around the feeling of being out of control and worrying that you won't have the emotional or psychological control necessary to drive safely.
The encouraging news is that the fear can be easily overcome because it is caused by simple thinking errors, such as mis-using your imagination to focus on frightening things happening! Perhaps you are panicking that you won't be able to pull over at the side of the road and you'll be in no fit state to drive. When you catastrophise and imagine the worst case scenario, you then feel anxious and will possibly even want to avoid driving completely. When on the road, you become 'hypervigilant' (being over-aware), not only about how anxious your own body feels but also hugely magnifying any possible dangers on the road.
What REALLY causes phobias?
Put simply, it is the sufferer's lack of emotional control when thinking about, or being in the presence of their feared stimulus: the huge amount of stress and anxiety they are creating by the WAY they are thinking about their feared object or event. People with phobias nearly always attribute their fear to the stimulus itself; most people suffering from a phobia know logically that their response is irrational and unjustified.
For example, a person with a fear of flying may know logically that it is the safest form of transport but still are terrified at the thought of it. How is this possible?
Most people don't look 'internally' at their own particular ways of thinking to try to understand or change their phobic response - and that's where the answer lays. Phobias and fears do not happen 'to us', but we create then with simple, specific cognitive processes. For example, we misuse our imagination to imagine the worst-case scenario which creates and maintains our fear response. If you then choose to avoid the feared stimulus - by telling yourself it's so scary that you can't even face it - this will have the effect of escalating your fear and increasing your sense of powerless in your emotional response to it.
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Overcame her fear of motorway driving
"I'm back to my old self!"
To gauge the degree to which your fear is affecting your life, ask yourself the following:
- Does this fear make me do things the hard way, such as planning road travel so as to avoid driving on motorways, or relying on others to do the driving?
- Do I avoid driving because I feel too anxious?
- Do I spend an excessive amount of time thinking about my fear?
- When I think of this fear does my pulse increase, do my hands shake, do I feel nauseous?
- Does this fear make me feel down or depressed?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely to have a phobia, but the good news is that the Thrive Programme® can help you to overcome it in just 6 weekly sessions.
You CAN overcome your driving phobia. Here's how...
The Thrive Programme® is a revolutionary and powerful training programme that helps you to truly understand yourself, your beliefs and your thinking styles that are causing your fear of driving. Once you have that insight, it can be very easy to think differently, change old patterns of behaviour and feel back in control of your thinking and emotions.
The Programme doesn't just teach you how to manage or reduce your fears - it equips you with the all the skills and resources you need to feel emotionally in control. Rather than teaching you to extinguish emotional fires, you'll learn how not to set them in the first place!
What is The Thrive Programme?
It is an easy-to-follow yet extremely effective psychological training programme to overcome mental health problems and learn to thrive. You will learn how to significantly improve your thoughts, emotions and beliefs so you can feel back in control and symptom-free.
You will develop robust mental health, high, stable self-esteem and self-confidence and be able to make the most of life whilst knowing you can cope when it gets tough.
How does it work?
Over 6 weekly, one-to-one sessions, I will teach how all you need in order to reach your goals. The sessions can be done either in person in my offices or via video conferencing such as Skype or Zoom.
A completely different approach!
The Thrive Programme® is a totally fresh approach to achieving lasting mental well-being. If you have previously tried other interventions or therapies that have not worked for you (as is the case with most of the clients I see), please be reassured that The Thrive Programme is completely different to any other kind of intervention available for mental well-being. The Programme is unique.....and it works.