Davis Ave & East Post Rd
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: (914) 681-1038

Email:
jchessa@wphospital.org

 

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“I am in Mexico! The flight went well, and I used many of my tools successfully. Thanks to all of you. I couldn’t do this if not for the Freedom to Fly Program.”—Amelia

“Greetings! I am sitting poolside at a hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. My husband I are having an amazing time. I love flying now; in fact, it relaxes me. (I never thought I would equate flying with relaxation.) Thanks for all of your help and support. I am back to my old jet setting self.”—Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDOM TO FLY WORKSHOP

Our “Freedom to Fly” workshops are held twice a year, in the spring and fall. The workshop consists of six group meetings, held at Westchester County Airport, on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Also included are four hours of individual work with one of our certified Phobia Counselors.

The group is led by Dr. Martin Seif who is joined by a captain from American Airlines. At the end of each session the class is escorted onto a stationary plane for “desensitization” purposes. Our program is based on a cognitive-behavioral therapy model.

We also take a “graduation flight” together to Boston and back from LaGuardia Airport.

Consider the true cost of your fear. Avoiding air travel means resigning yourself to missed vacations, family gatherings, and other priceless experiences. For those who have to travel for business, your career may be in jeopardy. Don't let your fears
keep you grounded!"

Some of the reasons people avoid flying are: claustrophobia, height phobia, control issues and lack of knowledge about how a plane flies, as Dr. Seif has said, “Anxiety loves ignorance. The mind can go off in a million directions with ‘what if’ catastrophic thoughts. Educating people eliminates many of their concerns.”

In the workshop, you will learn anxiety management techniques, plus the facts about how a plane flies. The focus of the group is on learning how to become a comfortable flyer. Whether you fly frequently or haven’t flown in years, the group can help you overcome your fears and become a frequent flyer.

Workshop starting dates:
Freedom to Fly: Fall, 2014.