Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety


Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety and Highway Phobia


Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety & Highway Phobia

Driving anxiety treatment online via Skype

Learn how to overcome your fear of driving through Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy

Contact me if you are struggling with severe driving anxiety, fear of driving on highways or fear of driving over bridges and overpasses. During these online therapy sessions I will teach you how to overcome fear of driving through mindfulness-based exposure therapy, one of the best treatments for driving anxiety disorder available

Read a testimonial from one of my clients in 2018:

This really helped me overcome my driving anxiety…

“I have been dealing with highway driving anxiety for about 12 years. I has been truly painful as it has kept me from doing activities I love such as traveling for leisure and work, visiting friends, or doing local exploring. In the past, when getting on the highway I would break out into a sweat instantly and panic; not what anyone should be doing on a highway.

For years I have been looking for solutions which I often stopped because I scared that I would have drive on the highway to solve my ‘problem’ and also embarrassed.
I found Dr. Strong’s site via the internet and it has helped me incredibly. He has provided me with mindfulness tips and tools that are practical and have given me the confidence I needed to start driving on the highway. It is truly amazing what happens when you are my kind to yourself, your fears, and learn about your true self.

In addition to decreasing my driving anxiety I have noticed that I am translating these learned skills to other areas of my life.
I have my first big road trip coming in a couple of weeks and I am excited for not only journey but also for ones to come in the future.” – Amy, New York

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Go to my Contact Page to schedule online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety

How to overcome highway driving anxiety through Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy via Skype

Are you dealing with driving anxiety? Do you have a fear of driving over bridges and overpasses? Are you looking for online help for overcoming Driving Phobia?

Mindfulness-based exposure therapy is one of the best driving phobia treatments available and I teach this online via Skype sessions, often in the car through your Skype-enabled smart phone.

Driving anxiety treatment online via Skype

Online therapist for overcoming driving anxiety

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist based in Colorado and I offer online therapy via Skype. I get a lot of requests to work with driving anxiety. Obviously online therapy is very good if you’re suffering from some form of driving anxiety because it’s difficult to drive to see a therapist in person.

As long as you have Skype or similar video platform to use, then working with a therapist over Skype is really no different than working with a therapist in person, as long as you can see each other, that is important.

So how do we go about overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia using Mindfulness Therapy? Well, the most important thing to understand here is that you need to develop a strategy and the first part of that strategy is to set yourself a series of driving challenges, starting with very simple ones to very challenging challenges.

So we have to train ourselves out of the anxiety reactions. So anxiety is primarily a habit. It is better to look at it as being a series of habitual reactions to certain triggers that you encounter than to think of it as a disorder. Habits develop naturally they become unconscious and then they operate and gain power unconsciously. But once you start developing a conscious relationship with your anxiety habits then you can begin to change them. You can train yourself out of anxiety and panic attacks.

So the first thing is to develop a series of challenges and make sure that you do these challenges every day.

But that is not enough by itself. You have to train for each challenge that you do. This describes the process called Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy, which is very effective indeed. And basically this is a form of training that you do before each challenge and after each challenge.

The way we go about this is to imagine doing the challenge first of all. This is called a “rehearsal meditation.”

You meditate on the challenge that you’re about to do. You look for any anxiety that gets triggered and then we develop a very special way of working with that anxiety using mindfulness.

So the real problem is this blind habitual reactivity. You encounter a trigger, maybe it’s being on a busy highway with traffic on either side, that’s a trigger and it triggers this habitual anxiety reaction. So we want to now work with that anxiety reaction at home before we go onto the motorway. So to do that we imagine driving that stretch of road. We can make it as difficult as we’d like. We can imagine cars driving either side of us, being dark; being stuck in traffic jam, whatever it might be that triggers the anxiety. We want to actually provoke the anxiety so we can work with it.

Now the second part of mindfulness training is what do we do with this anxiety. Well, the first thing to do is to make it very clear that the anxiety is on object. It is something that gets triggered in the mind. It is not you. You are actually the observer that sees the anxiety, and in the habit, unfortunately, we forget that and we lose sight of the anxiety and we become the anxiety.

So the first part of our training is really developing the sense of being the observer seeing the anxiety has an object, or a visitor. Even better still, is to see the anxiety as being like a child or a small animal that is suffering.

We want to change our relationship to it. We want to become like a parent to that child. That emotion. So we develop an internal relationship in which we remain as the observer and that will gradually prevent you from becoming consumed by that anxiety. The more you train as being the observer the freer you become from the anxiety.

Then we develop compassion towards the anxiety, this object in the mind. We see it in the same way, as a parent would develop compassion towards their child if the child were crying. How would you do that? Well you might comfort the child, you might hold a child, soothe it in some way. We can do exactly the same thing with our emotions when we see them as being separate objects. So you can learn how to comfort the anxiety objects in the same kind of way. And you already know how to be compassionate; you know how to do this.

So that is very important because the more that you interact with the anxiety with compassion, again the freer you become. You become the one giving the compassion. So that’s the next step up from being the observer of the anxiety.

The next stage in our work in neutralizing the anxiety is to look at its imagery. So in order for anxiety to work it has to be very large and often very high in your visual field. So this is why we say that we feel “overwhelmed,” literally the anxiety is above us. That’s how we experience it and to be overwhelming it must be very large. Now this is the emotional imagery that is formed again out of habit in the mind. But when you bring mindfulness to see this imagery then you can start to change it, because consciousness always is accompanied by choice, you can begin to change the habits, you can change the imagery of the anxiety.

The simplest thing to explore is to make the anxiety image smaller. The smaller it becomes the less power it has. Also can you change its position? Can you take it from being above you in its “overwhelming” position, to being placed on the passenger seat or on the floor or beside you?

It’s literally can no longer be overwhelming if it’s no longer above you. It cannot be overwhelming if it is the size of a grain of sand or a very small.

So this is interacting with the imagery of the anxiety and changing that imagery in a way that neutralizes the anxiety. With training this becomes automatic after a while and the anxiety, if it gets triggered, will automatically change its imagery by itself and resolve itself on the spot so we no longer experience anxiety.

So working with the imagery, we call that Mindfulness-based Image Reprocessing – very effective indeed. Developing a compassionate relationship with the anxiety. Very effective seeing the anxiety as an object very clearly not you but an object in your awareness very important. So these are some of the things that we train for before we do that each of the challenges.

So you do the rehearsal meditation this training until you have neutralized the anxiety, then you do the challenge and have any anxiety arises during the challenge. You simply become mindful of it.

You acknowledge it and establishing that conscious connection will allow the training to take effect automatically without you needing to do anything more.

If there is still anxiety or fresh anxiety that was triggered during the session the challenge then you would do another meditation after that challenge we call this a review meditation we take the same approach working with his fresh anxiety neutralizing it by changing our relationship to its ends by changing its imagery then after a short rest period you might repeat that challenge again until you are able to do that first challenge with no anxiety huddle with complete confidence.

Then move on to the next challenge and repeat the exercise in the same way and gradually you begin to build up confidence and you’ll begin the anxiety begins to subside around when you’ve done a sufficient number of challenges then you it gains momentum and it starts to snowball and you actually come to a point where the anxiety just falls away completely.

So this is the strategy that I find to be effective it works really well I’ve worked with many people over the years helping them overcome their highway phobia and driving anxiety using this mindfulness based exposure therapy approach if you’d like to get started with me.

Simply send me an email and we can schedule a Skype Therapy session at a time that was for you so please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions and please don’t just accept your driving anxiety. You can overcome your fear of highways or whatever it might be. You can overcome the anxiety habits by a strategic mindfulness based approach. Thank you.

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GO TO MY CONTACT PAGE TO SCHEDULE ONLINE THERAPY VIA SKYPE WITH ME TO HELP YOU OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF DRIVING

If you are suffering from driving anxiety or phobia, you may find it difficult to go to a therapist’s office for treatment. This online therapy option is offered to make it easier to get the help that you need to overcome your driving anxiety. This service is available throughout the USA and world-wide.

ONLINE MINDFULNESS THERAPY TO OVERCOME SEVERE DRIVING ANXIETY

How to Overcome Fear of Driving through Online Therapy

Driving anxiety and highway phobia is actually quite common. I specialize in Mindfulness Therapy, which I offer online via Skype in which I will teach you very effective methods for reducing your driving anxiety and panic attacks on the road. Most people see dramatic improvements after 3-4 online sessions.

What makes therapy for driving anxiety effective is when you stop fighting or avoiding the anxiety that arises but actually take the time to “sit” with these emotions and make friend with them. You learn how to meditate on your emotions using the mindfulness techniques that I teach. This approach really works!

Imaginal Exposure Therapy for Overcoming Driving Anxiety and fear of driving on highways

We also do a lot of imagery work, which is vital. A driving phobia, the fear of driving over bridges and overpasses for example is entirely due to the psychological imagery – the way you see it in your mind. Intense imagery creates intense anxiety. The key is to investigate your emotional imagery and change it. Once you change this automatic imagery you change the anxiety directly. Reprocessing emotional imagery is essential if you have fear of driving after a car accident. You need to change that traumatic imagery directly, and this is something we cover during online therapy sessions.

The best approach for overcoming fear of driving is to set up a series of progressive driving challenges that you will do each day and then train before doing each challenge using mindfulness techniques.

You will play through each challenge in your mind and look for the specific fear reactions and the specific triggers that trigger that anxiety. You then build a conscious and non-fearful relationship with that fear by meditating on it. You want to make friends with that fear, look at it as being like a child or even a small animal that is scared. What will sooth that child or animal? You already know the answer. Now let’s take that same approach to sooth your anxiety. See it as an object in your mind that needs comforting. This approach is really effective when you get the hang of it and overcome your natural aversion to your fear.

It also helps greatly to change the imagery of the anxiety itself. When anxiety is overpowering it is so because its imagery is very large in size. Try shrinking the image down to the size of a mouse or similar small object, and then hold the mouse in your hands. This simple manipulation of emotional imagery can have profound effects in resolving that fear. This is the kind of approach that really works and I will teach you how to do this during our Skype therapy sessions.

How to overcome driving anxiety through Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy

How to Get Over Fear of Driving

Welcome. My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist based in Colorado and I offer online therapy via Skype for anxiety and depression and many other emotional problems. One of the requests that I get quite frequently is for help in overcoming driving phobia and fear of driving, especially on highways and freeways.

So if you’re looking for online treatments for driving phobia and you would like help getting over fear of driving, then you might want to consider the online therapy program that I teach.

So I’ll teach you how to overcome your fear of driving in a very structured way using the techniques of Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy. This is a system of work that I have been working on now for several years and that people find very effective for overcoming all kinds of anxiety, especially anxiety that involves panic attacks or fear of panic attacks such as driving anxiety.

So the key to overcoming fear of driving is not to avoid driving, but rather to learn how to design exposure challenges. We need to take on the anxiety in order to heal it, to overcome it. But we must do it in a very structured way.

So you design yourself a series of exposure challenges. That’s the first step. Usually challenges of increasing difficulty. So you make a list of those challenges, even if it’s as simple as driving to the beginning of a bridge or an on ramp to a motorway or highway. It’s doesn’t matter what this severity of the anxiety is, but the thing is to to construct a well formatted series of challenges that you can work through effectively on a daily basis, doing a challenge each day until you have completely mastered the challenge and developed complete confidence and complete absence of anxiety in that particular challenge.

So start with a simple challenge, first of all, to get to that place where you know that you feel completely confident doing that challenge, then you move on to the next challenge on your list.

So the secret to make this work, to really get over driving anxiety in an effective way is to train before you do each of those challenges.

So just doing the challenge over and over again is not enough. That is a typical approach in classical exposure therapy, but it’s not very efficient and you do run the risk of re-traumatizing yourself and increasing that anxiety.

So what I’ve found to be much more effective is if you do mindfulness training some time before you actually do the challenge. It could be half an hour before doing the challenge. But the thing to do is to do that mindfulness training with the anxiety to neutralize it.

Then you do the challenge, and that way the challenge will be more likely to be effective and you’ll be more likely to do it with with no anxiety and that will have a very strong reinforcing effect on your program for overcoming your driving anxiety.

So the training involves learning how to meditate on your anxiety. So we use meditation as a tool not to relax the mind, no, but rather to meditate on that anxiety reaction itself.

So we play through the scene of the exposure challenge that we are about to do. We look for the anxiety because triggers and then we work with it is a mindfulness to neutralize it.

Now, the first step in training with that anxiety reaction is to overcome the blind habit of becoming anxious. So this is called reactive identification and that is the primary problem.

So the anxiety gets triggered and then we become anxious. What we want to do in our training before doing the exposure challenge is to see that anxiety and then establish a non-reactive relationship with it where we do not identify with that anxiety.

So we see the anxiety as an object and the mind, instead of becoming the anxiety. So this is a very important part of mindfulness training, is developing what we call objective consciousness, where you can see the emotion without becoming the emotion. That is critical in the change process.

So we train that way. We play the scene through in the mind in order to trigger anxiety. But now when we see that anxiety, we develop conscious awareness of it as an object, rather like putting it on a screen, which is really what, anxiety and other emotions is, in essence. They are objects, they get triggered through conditioning and arise in the mind, stay there for a while and then they subside. So that’s how you define a mental object.

The trouble is that we think we are that mental object, we become identified with that anxiety, and that causes what we call reactive emotional contraction. And that’s what it feels like for most people when they’re struggling with a severe anxiety reaction associated with driving phobia. It feels very much like the walls are closing in. Our body will tighten up, it will contract. We feel very small. So all of these characteristics are what typically are experienced when we have an anxiety attack, and that anxiety attack is primarily caused by reactive identification.

So you can train out of that habit by playing it through in the mind and establishing conscious awareness, mindfulness, of that anxiety as an object. You can sit with your anxiety and not become anxious. So that’s really quite important.

You can then work with that anxiety in various ways to help it heal faster. So our objective is to heal that anxiety as we imagine it’s arising. And there are various techniques. The first is this very process of developing objective consciousness, because that stops feeding that anxiety.

The second part of our mindfulness training, our preparation before doing the challenge, is to help it heal. And this is technically called the response of compassion, which is a big part of mindfulness training.

So we are learning to respond to the anxiety with compassion in very much the same way that you might respond to a child that was in pain. You know how to respond skillfully to a child in pain. You know how to do that already. It’s a natural property of your True Self.

So you you learn how to bring compassion to bear on that emotion, you treat it in the same way as you would a child.

You can work with its imagery, too, which is a very effective way of increasing the objective consciousness and also increasing the effectiveness of your interaction with it.

So classic thing that we do with driving anxiety is to make the anxiety smaller. So once you’ve identified the anxiety as an object, you can change this imagery, you can make it smaller. That imagery is a very, very big part of the structure of the anxiety. It has to be very large in order to overwhelm you, in order to be intense. That’s a function of the size of the emotional imagery. So we can change that size. We can make it smaller once we establish a conscious objective relationship with it.

So making it smaller is how the anxiety subsides. So this is part of that response of compassion. You are technically helping the anxiety resolve itself. There are lots of other ways we can interact with it.

Certainly, the whole idea of making friends with your anxiety as an object, like a child that you can make friends with. That will have a very profound effect on helping that anxiety resolve itself.

So there’s a whole variety of ways that we can interact consciously, mindfully, with that anxiety to help it resolve itself to heal. So this is part of the training that we do before we do the exposure challenge. We train with it until that anxiety has healed and has been neutralized. Then we do the challenge, and that simply puts our training into practice and we start to experience the exposure charge quite differently than before because we have trained with it, and you will find that it’s much less able to produce anxiety once you’ve trained with it ahead of time.

And then you work with it some more, doing the same thing. Developing a mindfulness relationship with that anxiety, helping it heal more. And so you’re strengthening those natural healing pathways in the brain. And eventually that training becomes automatic and then the anxiety no longer arises in the presence of those triggers, whether it be crossing a bridge or entering a busy freeway.

So this is a part of what I’ll be teaching you during our Skype Therapy sessions together.

If you would like help overcoming your driving anxiety using Mindfulness Therapy and you’d like help in constructing that series of incremental exposure challenges and you would like help with those, then please contact me.

This approach works extremely well and most people see tremendous benefits after a few sessions.

Recently, I worked with a lady who had severe driving anxiety and all she wanted to do was to be able to get in her car and drive to the nearest coffee shop. That was tremendously important for her. But she couldn’t do it because of her driving phobia.

So I worked with her online through Skype for two to three weeks, and by the third session, she was able to take that drive, with me online, using her smartphone, to that coffee shop. So it can be done, it is not that difficult to overcome driving anxiety and the general fear of driving. You just have to approach it in the right way.

Driving phobia treatment via Skype

So if you’d like help with overcoming your driving anxiety, then simply e-mail me through my website, go to the Contact Page. Tell me more about yourself and then schedule a Skype Therapy session and we can get started on your recovery from your fear of driving. Thank you.

Are you looking for driving anxiety disorder treatment? Send me an email now. Tell me about yourself and how I can help you. Schedule a trial session via Skype now.

How to overcome the fear of driving on the highway – Online Exposure Therapy via Skype

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional mindfulness-based therapist, based in Boulder, Colorado, and I offer online therapy via Skype for the treatment of anxiety disorders and particularly for driving anxiety, which is extremely common. So if you’d like online help to overcome the fear of driving on the highway, then please contact me and schedule a Skype Therapy session. Typically it takes about three or four sessions with me to learn how to apply mindfulness-based exposure therapy methods for overcoming your fear of driving on highways or roads or any other form driving anxiety.

You must combine training with your exposure challenges

The key is to set up a series of exposure challenges. I think that is fairly self-evident. You have to face your fears. However, exposure therapy by itself is not sufficient. Just facing your fears and trying to get through them by willpower is not an adequate approach to overcoming the fear of highway driving.

You must do mindfulness training as well before you do each of your exposure challenges. So it is taking a strategic approach. You train before you do the challenge you train until you neutralize any anxiety before you ever get on the motorway. Then you do your challenge, and you process any anxiety that arises after the challenge and you train with that anxiety, teaching it to resolve itself.

Online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia
Online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia

So in mindfulness psychology we understand that it’s not you, technically, that is anxious, it is the emotion itself, a conditioned habitual reaction that gets triggered in you. That is the anxiety, that is what the anxiety actually is and it starts to become an automatic habit so that every time you approach the freeway, that triggers that habitual anxiety reaction.

So habits thrive on the absence of consciousness. They operate unconsciously and that is the real problem. We start becoming run by these emotional habits, and in mindfulness exposure therapy we work on changing these habits so that they do not run your life.

Training means meditating on each challenge before you do it

We do this, surprisingly for many, we do this by actually learning to meditate on the anxiety itself. So this is what I will train you in how to approach your anxiety. You play through the challenge that you’re about to do in the mind. You look for the anxiety reactions that get triggered. And then at that moment you stop and change your relationship to that anxiety, and you turn it into an object. So this is the first most important step.

You look at the anxiety as an object or as being like a small child or a small animal or pet or any other object that feels right for you. You then change your relationship to that object and you become the observer of that object. Instead of becoming swallowed up by the anxiety, you now become the observer of that anxiety and that’s a very different relationship. When you train in being the observer you will train yourself out of the tendency to react, to become overwhelmed by the anxiety, to identify with the anxiety.

You see it as an object. It’s not you, it’s an object in your awareness. That’s the first most important step.

Develop inner compassion for the anxiety

And the second step in overcoming any form of driving anxiety or a highway phobia or fear of driving over bridges, whatever is affecting you. The second most important step is developing a compassionate relationship with that anxiety. So when you can see it as being like a small child it becomes fairly easy for most people to start to change their relationship from one of reactivity and fear, which simply feeds the anxiety, to one of compassion and friendliness, and that actually frees you even more from the anxiety itself.

So the more that you can develop friendliness towards your anxiety the freer you become. So that’s a very important process.

Mindfulness-based Image Reprocessing

The third thing we do in our training, in our mindfulness-based exposure therapy training, is to look at the imagery of the emotion. So anxiety, like any emotion, has imagery. That’s what cause triggers in the mind and that imagery is what creates the anxiety.

So typically with intense emotions like anxiety or a panic attack the emotion is very large, it’s very close, and also usually very high in your mind’s eye, the way you see it in your imagination. So those features are being very large, very close, and very high, are actually what causes the anxiety.

Now when you have established a non-reactive mindful relationship with your anxiety you can begin to investigate this imagery and you can then start to change it and change the imagery into a form that does not produce anxiety.

So for example, we made the imagery of the emotion of anxiety many times smaller, we shrink it in size. We move it further away. That’s a very important step and it also helps develop that objective relationship of you as the observer. If you move it slightly further away it’s easier to see yourself as the observer. And we also move its position from being high in your psychological visual field to being lower. So classically we would put the emotion on the ground.

In the case of driving a car, what often works quite well for many people, something you try yourself, is to place that anxiety on the passenger seat beside you. So you make it small, you move it and it will now be at a lower level beside you, rather than being at head level above you.

When you change its size and you change its position it cannot be overwhelming anymore. Literally, it is now not in a position to be overwhelming because it’s small, it is further away, and it’s at a lower level.

And seeing it like a child helps sustain that relationship of compassion and friendliness, as well. And that is important because that changes your imagery, how you see yourself. It makes you bigger. When we develop friendliness or love we become bigger. When we develop fear or hatred we become smaller. The imagery is very important here. And when you develop friendliness you help change that imagery making the anxiety smaller and your self bigger. So that’s another very important step in what I call mindfulness-based exposure therapy.

Skype therapy works very well in the car

This approach works extremely well. So I will teach you how to do these three steps during our sessions together via Skype. We can do them, first of all at home before you do your challenges, and we can also do them in the car as well, and that’s quite interesting.

So there you would drive to the beginning of one of your challenges and we can continue our Skype call using your mobile phone and I can guide you through it. We can work with any anxiety that gets triggered by the sight of the freeway or other structure that causes your anxiety. So we can start to work with that and we can train out of those habitual anxiety reactions.

Then when you feel ready, you then would do that challenge, and I will stay with you via Skype, and we can put these methods into practice during the challenge. You can literally imagine moving the anxiety to the passenger seats if it arises during the challenge, and then we can meditate again after the challenge and review any fresh anxiety that was triggered and we can help it resolve itself and heal by the same methods.

And then after a short break you can repeat that challenge again. So within a very short time you will start to gain more and more confidence as you train out of these anxiety habitual reactions. That’s all they are. Anxiety is a series of habitual reactions, and habits can be changed. They can be changed by consciousness, by mindfulness, by actually looking and seeing how they work to see how the imagery works, and then to change that imagery in a way that leads to the resolution of that anxiety.

So I will teach you how to do all this.

All you have to do is contact me and schedule some Skype Therapy sessions with me. You will see some big changes even at the first session. So please contact me if you would like to learn more about online mindfulness-based exposure therapy for overcoming fear of highways and freeways and driving in general. Thank you.

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How to Get Over Fear of Driving – Online Therapy via Skype

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!

Go to my Contact Page to schedule online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety

Online Therapy Sessions for Overcoming Fear of Driving

Most people will experience a significant reduction in fear of driving after the first few sessions with me. Mindfulness therapy is really effective because it is highly focused on neutralizing the fear reactions.

Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I specialize in mindfulness therapy for anxiety and that includes fear of driving. If you’d like to learn more about how to overcome fear of driving using mindfulness therapy then please go to my websites and send me an email and I’ll answer any questions you have about how these online therapy sessions can help you overcome your driving anxiety.

The approach using mindfulness is immensely effective and basically I will teach you how to apply mindfulness to overcome your fear of driving, and you can expect to see quite significant results after the first two to three sessions, because I teach you very practical methods that really work on neutralizing that fear reaction.

I see people throughout America, including New York and New Jersey and Florida and the East Coast, where I see a lot of clients who are struggling with overcoming fear of driving. So if you’d like to learn more about this online therapy service, simply go to my website and e-mail me and we can schedule a Skype therapy session to help you overcome your fear of driving on roads or highways or over bridges or any other situations which trigger the habitual fear reaction.

There is nothing as good as mindfulness therapy for working with anxiety. So do please go to my website and send me an e-mail and then we can schedule an online therapy session to help you overcome your driving anxiety. Thank you.

Go to my Contact Page to schedule online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety

Driving Anxiety Therapy Online through Skype Therapy

Mindfulness meditation on driving anxiety + driving challenges = success in overcoming driving anxiety.

Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I’m a professional psychotherapist and I offer online therapy via Skype. I also offer online therapy for driving anxiety. Driving anxiety therapy online is a very good option if you want to take more charge of your recovery process. If you want to learn practical methods that you can apply yourself to overcome your driving anxiety.

So the mindfulness techniques that I specialize in are well-tested and have proven very effective so very many people, now, to help them overcome driving anxiety and highway anxiety and other forms of driving phobia.

The method is quite simple. It really involves you designing a challenge which you practice with each day, driving a particular stretch of road. But then preparing for that challenge by meditating on the challenge, playing it through in your mind and looking for the specific and anxiety reactions and the thought reactions that occur. And when you find your anxiety reactions you learn to develop a conscious and also a friendly response to those reactions.

The big problem is that people are not conscious of their habitual reactions. They simply get triggered and they operate unconsciously as a habit. But when you bring mindfulness to the anxiety during your meditation before you go and you challenge then you can begin to break free from that habits and you can begin to dissolve the anxiety before it gets triggers in the challenge. This is the secret to the mindfulness approach to overcoming driving anxiety.

So if you’re interested in learning more about mindfulness approach to overcome driving anxiety, please go to my website. Read more about driving anxiety therapy online, and then simply email me to schedule a Skype therapy session. Most people can expect to see significant improvements and reduction in the level of their driving anxiety after the first three or four sessions with me.

So please go to my website, learn more about online therapy for driving anxiety and then contact me to schedule a session via Skype. Thank you.

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Driving phobia treatment online via Skype

We use Mindfulness Therapy combined with Exposure Therapy, and this approach works extremely well.

Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I’m a professional online therapist and I specialize in mindfulness therapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and this also includes online treatment for driving phobia.

Driving phobia is very common, actually, and it can be treated very easily using the techniques of mindfulness therapy that I offer. The most essential thing with driving phobia is to change the way that you relate to your thoughts and anxiety reactions. The most common problem is that when these anxiety producing thoughts or emotional reactions get triggered we simply become completely identified with them. We collapse into those emotions, those thoughts. We become the anxiety and then it takes over and it will then magnify itself and increase and proliferate even more anxiety producing thoughts and emotional reactions. So, to break this cycle of a phobia you have to learn how to form a conscious and non-reactive relationship with those thoughts and emotional reactions.

You do this by cultivating mindfulness. You learn to meditate on your anxiety and on those react to thoughts directly. You learn to develop emotional stillness and independence in relationship to those very thoughts. Most of us try to escape those thoughts and push them that way. But this has a disastrous effect in actually increasing the anxiety.

It’s only when you learn to face your anxiety without reacting that the anxiety can resolve itself, heal and eventually extinguish itself. So, mindfulness therapy is one of the most effective ways of working with intense thoughts and anxiety reactions.

The program that I teach feature in the online therapy sessions is one of establishing a challenge, first of all A particular stretch of road that you have problems with that triggers that driving phobia, that’s the challenge.

You will set up a routine of driving down that stretch of road every day, and so allowing yourself to really get access to that underlying anxiety and the thoughts that get triggered. But, we don’t just do this in a blind way. Instead we meditate on the driving challenge before hand.

We play through the challenge in our mind, imagining ourselves driving that stretch of road. We look for the anxiety and thought reactions they get treated and the moment we find those reactions we welcome them. We actually develop a friendly and conscious relationship with those thoughts. You see them as visitors, if you like, that arise in the mind. But those visitors who are not the same as your mind. And indeed your True Self is not any of the contents of mind – that’s a very important teaching that we cover in great detail during Mindfulness Therapy.

So you learn by training to be present with those thoughts and emotions without reacting and without becoming identifying with them. So you’re learning to become free from their influence. You are overcoming the habit that causes you to react and produce anxiety or panic attacks.

After you have meditated on the driving challenge as best you can, and you really try to just stay present and conscious and practice on the spot, mindfulness greeting of those thoughts and emotional reactions that might arise. But the training that you have established in the meditation before doing the challenge will help you greatly and that training will begin to take hold automatically with practice.

So people usually see quite significant changes after the first three or four weeks of practicing with me using mindfulness to overcome their driving phobia. If you’d like to learn more about the mindfulness approach to treating driving phobia, then please go to my website.

Learn more about online treatment for driving anxiety and then simply e-mail and we can schedule a Skype therapy session and I will start teaching you these mindfulness methods straight away, and then you can start putting them into practice between sessions, and each week you’ll find you will get significantly more comfortable with your driving.

So, if you’re interested in online treatment for driving phobia, please email me. Thank you.

Go to my Contact Page to schedule online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety

Overcome Driving Anxiety through Online Skype Therapy

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.

Mindfulness Therapy helps you change the imagery that causes your driving anxiety

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 are 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, too. The more friendly you are the more your emotions are able to change and heal. This is especially so when you are working with fear, the primary emotion in driving anxiety. In order to heal and resolve that fear you must develop a friendly and, therefore, non-fearful relationship with that fear. That has been what has been missing. When you re-establish a relationship with the fear from your True Self, which is fearless by nature, then the fear can heal and resolve.

So, go to my website, contact me, and schedule a Skype therapy session with me. Thank you.

Go to my Contact Page to schedule online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety

Overcome Driving Anxiety through Online Mindfulness Therapy via Skype

Overcome Driving Anxiety and Phobia – New York, Florida, East Coast or anywhere else in the US or abroad.

Welcome. My name is Peter Strong and I provide online therapy for anxiety and depression and other emotional issues including driving anxiety. If you live on the East Coast New York New Jersey, wherever, then you might consider online therapy for your driving anxiety. It works extremely well especially using the mindfulness-based methods that I’ve developed over the last few years. For some reason, most of my clients seeking help with their fear of driving or phobia of driving on highways live on the east coast, especially Florida.

Mindfulness therapy will teach you how to break the habit of fear of driving

Mindfulness therapy will teach you how to break the habit of anxiety. We do this by a variety of techniques whereby you rehearse driving that particular stretch of road in your imagination. We look for the emotional reactions that get triggers and then we work on developing a mindful relationship with those fear reactions themselves. When you develop a good mindful relationship with your anxiety that leads to the resolution of that anxiety. So you’ll actually very quickly begin to reverse that habitual fear reaction that you experience on the on the road or the highway or if you’re crossing bridges or whatever form that you’re driving anxiety takes.

Design a series of incremental driving challenges

As with any other fear you have to face it. But we must do this in a strategic way, starting with small challenges and then moving on to more stressful driving challenges. What really makes the difference is the preparation that you undertake before each challenge. This involves meditating on each challenge, playing it through in your mind and looking for any fear reactions that get triggered. We then work with these fear reactions using the compassionate aspect of mindfulness to resolve that fear so that we can imagine encountering the specific triggers but now without fear. We will be basically training ourselves out of the habitual fear reactions.

Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy to neutralize fear

I will teach you how to apply mindfulness to resolve your anxiety. The time to do the challenge is after you have done the preliminary training and you can imagine doing the challenge without any fear. This preparation makes all the difference and is know as Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy.

Most people that I work with on driving anxiety see dramatic improvements after as few as two to three sessions, once you start applying the mindfulness techniques that I teach. I will give you techniques that you can apply at home between sessions. And that’s the best way of course. So you learn to apply mindfulness to overcome your fear of driving.

If you would like to learn more about online therapy for driving anxiety in New York, New Jersey and the East Coast or anywhere else for that matter, please go to my website and then send me an e-mail and we can schedule a Skype therapy session at the time that works for you.

I’m based in Colorado so you will be two hours ahead which means that you can schedule an evening session for you which is why I offer this online therapy service for people on the East Coast and beyond.

So please go to my website to learn more about mindfulness therapy for anxiety and then simply send me an e-mail and we can get started and you’ll see for yourself just how effective mindfulness can be for overcoming driving anxiety. Thank you.

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Mindfulness-based Exposure Therapy for overcoming driving anxiety and phobias

The key to success is to train well before you do each of your driving challenges. Set up a schedule of challenges, but train well for each before you do the challenge.

Welcome! My name is Peter Strong. I’m a professional psychotherapist specializing in Mindfulness Therapy and I offer online treatment for driving phobia using Mindfulness Therapy, and all my sessions are delivered via Skype, which is not only very convenient but also a very effective way of teaching you how to overcome driving phobia using the well-tested methods of mindfulness-based exposure therapy.

Online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia
Online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia

So the basic principle here is that you set up a series of challenges driving a certain stretch of road that you have a problem with and then train very carefully using mindfulness training before you do each challenge. That’s the key factor here that makes it very different than traditional exposure therapy where you just keep repeating the fearful activity until you somehow overcome that fear, just by habit, by habituation. That can work sometimes but often it’s not enough. It’s much better if you train to resolve that anxiety before you actually do the challenge.

So the way we go about doing this is to play through the challenge in your mind. Imagine driving that stretch of road to specifically look for the anxiety reaction, the habitual emotional reaction.

Then when you find that anxiety you then work on changing the relationship that you have with that emotion. This is really very, very important.

So typically we don’t have a relationship with our anxiety, we just blindly react. We become that anxiety. This is called “reactive identification.” So that’s the primary issue here, is we blindly become afraid the moment that we imagine that trigger, that particular trigger that we might encounter on that stretch of road.

So with mindfulness training we are overcoming this habit, this habitual emotional reaction. So we play through that scene. We look for the triggers and then when we see the anxiety, instead of just blindly becoming overwhelmed by it, we then respond to it consciously or mindfully. Typically, we respond with a relationship that’s completely full of conscious awareness, really seeing that emotion very clearly, but as an object as an emotion that arises within you instead of becoming identified with it.

See the anxiety as a mental object

You see it as a mental object. That’s the very foundation of successful change here. We have to stop identifying with the anxiety. We have to see it for what it really is which is a mental object that gets triggered in the mind through habitual conditioning.

So when we see the anxiety we greet it as an object. We might say, “I see you fear” and then we respond by increasing that conscious awareness by embracing that fear with friendliness or compassion, a very important feature of mindfulness. Mindfulness is not just awareness, it’s the ability to embrace an experience fully with consciousness and this quality of friendliness, which is really a higher form of consciousness, it makes you more conscious, more present for that experience.

Now this is very important, not only because it breaks that habit, which of course simply feeds the habit but it now creates a different relationship with that mental object, a relationship with a higher part of your being, which we call your True Self that is able to observe the anxiety. So the Observer, that is your True Self, the one that can embrace the fear without reacting and without identifying.

Now the nature of the True Self is that it does not have any fear at all. It is fearless by nature. So when you bring that fearless quality that’s caring for the mental object, the fear, you then establish a relationship that promotes healing and resolution of that fear instead of feeding it.

So we learn to form a stable, non-reactive relationship in which we embrace that fear. We then look at its structure, because that’s very important for healing any kind of emotional suffering, whether it is anxiety or obsessive thoughts, intrusive thoughts, whether it is traumatic memories, whatever the nature of that emotional suffering, it’s vital that we look at the structure of what actually makes it work. And in the case of emotions the structure is in the form of imagery. That is how the mind works. That is how it creates emotions. It creates internal imagery that holds together emotional energy into a particular emotion like fear or anger or obsession or addiction, whatever it might be.

So we look at the imagery of the anxiety and then we work on changing that imagery. We help the imagery resolve itself because that is how the emotion will resolve itself. It has to change that imagery in order to heal. This is a natural process that operates in the mind. This is how the mind processes emotion – it changes its imagery. In mindfulness work we are simply speeding up that process of changing the imagery because we bring in consciousness and the wisdom and choice that comes along with consciousness.

Change the imagery of the anxiety

So classically we might look at changing the size of the emotional imagery, the fear. We might make it smaller. We may make changes position. Instead of being very large and overwhelming we might change it and move it beside us. Put it on the passenger seat; make it very, very small like a child. All of these ways of interacting with that imagery will help it heal. It will help it diminish in intensity.

So that’s what we will be exploring during these online therapy sessions. I will teach you how to do this, how to work with your anxiety, with your phobia to first break that habit of reactive identification which feeds it and prevents it from healing, and then by working with the imagery to change that imagery to diminish the anxiety completely until you can imagine doing that challenge without any fear. Then is the time to do the challenge.

So we train before doing the challenge. Then you do the challenge and if any anxiety arises your training will help you process that emotion very fast on the spot as it arises.

And then we might do some more mindfulness training after the challenge, processing any fresh anxiety that arose. In the same way, we change our relationship to that anxiety, in which we become the observer the anxiety becomes the object. We look at developing a friendly compassionate relationship with that fear, which of course is exactly what it needs to let go of its own fear. And then we work on changing the imagery until we can successfully reimagine that challenge that we just did without any anxiety.

Then after a short break we would repeat that challenge. And we keep cycling through in this very structured and strategic way until we are able to do the challenge without any anxiety at all. That’s our goal.

Then after that we might move on to another challenge, perhaps a more difficult challenge. But we just apply the same process, mindfulness-based exposure therapy. You have to expose yourself to that challenging environment. That’s obvious. We need to do that. You cannot overcome anxiety by avoiding that stretch of road; that will not work. That is a form of reactivity that will simply feed the fear even more. So no avoidance.

Training is the key

We continue doing this until at a certain point there will be what we call a “breakthrough,” which simply means that the mind is able to globalize our experience and all of those anxiety habits start to just fall away. We transcend the anxiety habit altogether and then we are able to drive under any conditions.

So this is just basic training and as you know, the more you train in any activity the more that you’re able to develop confidence and skills to manage things in real-time without problem. So the training lays a foundation that makes mindfulness-based exposure therapy very effective for overcoming driving phobias and highway anxiety and other kinds of anxiety as well.

Contact me to schedule a Skype session to help you overcome your driving anxiety

If you would like to get started with me on this mindfulness approach to overcoming your driving phobia, please contact me and lets schedule a Skype therapy session. Therapy sessions are usually an hour long. Sometimes I do them with you in the car as you are approaching one of your challenges.

So this approach is very effective. I have worked with many people over the years and it’s considerably more effective than conventional talking therapy and it’s certainly much a much better solution than medications. Medications of course will not change anything. It will not change the underlying habits that cause your emotional reactions.

So if you would like to overcome your driving anxiety, please contact me. Most people see significant changes within the first three or four sessions. That’s what I usually tell people to expect. You should see substantial improvements after three or four sessions.

So if you would like to get started with me, please contact me and we can schedule your first Skype therapy session and I will teach you these methods of how to work with a driving phobia. Thank you.

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Online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia
Online therapy via Skype for overcoming driving anxiety and highway phobia

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2 replies on “Online Therapy for Driving Anxiety”

Hello I am a single mother trying to overcome my highway and bridge phobia that is limiting my life. I cry a lot because of how I have let this shit consume me. I will be honest, I work 1 day a week and do school the rest. I have been looking in multiple different websites for the cheapest deal. How much and what is the lowest you would be willing to work with me in. I know my anxiety stems my by abusive ex of 10 years who was a narcissist selfish person. Thank you for your help.

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