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Exposure Practice for Panic Attacks, Claustrophobia and Phobias

In this 6-minute clip, Mary comes for a 2-session treatment for her panic attacks, claustrophobia and fear of flying. Later today she will take a flight. As session 2 opens, Mary details her exposure practice after session 1. She provides an excellent example of a client spontaneously taking ownership of a self-help strategy (versus a client only complying with the therapist’s instructions).

Mary loves to travel, but dreads airplanes. In fact, any enclosed space where she feels trapped triggers her fear of suffocation, so she spends much of her time avoiding parking structures, elevators, and coping with panic attacks when avoidance is impossible. With conviction and humor, Wilson engages Mary in two transformational sessions, based on the paradoxical principle that moving towards that which she fears holds the key to her freedom.

Wilson leads Mary through several experiments which give her the opportunity to face her fears of both suffocation and restriction. From breathing with a nose plug on, to sliding a pillow case over her head and sealing it with packing tape, and finally to climbing into a large cardboard box, Mary courageously confronts layers of terror, gradually shifting her point of view from “I can’t handle this” to “I want this fear and I can handle it.” With Wilson’s constant support and encouragement, Mary makes an incredible amount of progress in only two sessions, demonstrating how powerful these tools really are.

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