aviophobia, or fear of flying
Aviophobia is the fear of flying, or of travelling by air. It is a simple phobia (i.e. it is not related to a situation, but is specific to the aircraft itself). Fear of flying can be linked to other phobias such as fear of heights, claustrophobia or agoraphobia. On the other hand, the fear of flying itself is often related to the fact of not having control over the situation. In effect, we are leaving our lives in the hands of an unknown person. This is why we feel as if we are putting it at risk.
20% of the world’s population suffers from aviophobia
Virtual reality to overcome aviophobia
For more than 30 years, virtual reality exposure therapies have proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as fear of flying. Gradual and progressive exposure to virtual reality can desensitise you and significantly reduce your anxiety.
« Virtual reality is 80% effective, with benefits that are maintained for more than a year after treatment. » Eric Malbos, Doctor Psychiatrist
C2Care, the world leader in therapeutic virtual reality (VR) since 2015, now allows you to expose yourself from your home. A psychologist will accompany you in your treatment using cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) and virtual reality exposure to overcome your phobia.
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Virtual reality adapts to your phobia
Flying is not something you do every day, but even so, a phobia of flying can quickly become a handicap for professional or personal activities. All the steps before entering the plane will gradually increase the anxiety. You will relive in virtual reality all the steps before taking the plane: the entrance to the airport, the boarding gate with the passage of the security gate, the entry into the plane through the narrow tunnel and the tarmac. You are not alone during these different stages, the psychologist will be able to modify the looks of the people you are talking to as well as their mood.
After having completed all the steps reproducing the beginning of the flight, you will take the plane in virtual reality. All the previous stages may have already increased the anxiety, but this anxiety may be even greater in the following stages: take-off with the noises, the flight where you may have the impression of being stuck, the turbulence that you cannot control, the landing and the exit from the plane. As with the previous stages, the psychologist can modify various parameters that can intensify anxiety in these situations: the look of the people you meet, their mood, etc.
How does it work?
I get my headset
You will receive a virtual reality headset with unlimited access to our software, or, if you are already equipped, you can choose to have only the software. Our packages are carefully packed and shipped very quickly.
I carry out my sessions
During 2 sessions per month, the psychologist and yourself will discuss your aviophobia in order to understand it and to give you the necessary tools to reduce it. You will be exposed to virtual reality in a progressive manner adapted to your aviophobia.
I use my headset autonomously
Apart from the sessions with your psychologist, you will be able to repeat as many times as necessary the exposure to the different flight situations in order to create a habituation and thus reduce the anxiety related to them.
Each person tells in their own words about the support they have received and the major changes that have taken place in their lives. All these testimonies are proof that yes, one’s life can change, and that we are doing everything we can to guide you on the path to that change.
My fear of flying was a great handicap for my work: it was impossible for me to fly. I always declined my business trips by offering video conferences. But I’m at a stage in my career where it’s holding me back and I don’t want to let that fear get the better of me. C2Care’s immersions offer several situations: in the airport corridors, at the boarding gate, on the plane… I take it easy. Today, I’m starting to do small flights and I’m close to getting a promotion, so thank you
I am a mother of three beautiful children who are growing up way too fast. When the first one left to live in Tokyo, it was heartbreaking to see him go and even more heartbreaking to be told that we wouldn’t see each other for a while because of my fear of flying. Despite calls and skypes I missed many moments with him. Now, thanks to my immersion in virtual reality, I was able, step by step and with the help of my shrink, to fight my phobia. I was able to choose to put myself in a virtual situation: sitting in a plane in complete safety, something that would have been difficult to experience in real life.
After a flight that was a little too turbulent, I became very anxious about putting my foot on a plane again. I’m a big fan of travel though, so I was desperate to get away from that bad experience. I was looking forward to C2Care and their VR headsets as my next trip to South America is scheduled for early next year. For the moment, the sessions are going perfectly well: the psychologist’s guidance is very reassuring and the VR puts me in condition, it’s really great. I am very optimistic about the outcome of my treatment: Argentina is here!