Viorel LUPU1, Silviu MATU2, Izabela Ramona LUPU3
This paper presents a case study of a 40-year old patient suffering from flight anxiety, treated using a brief cognitive-behavioral intervention augmented by virtual reality exposure therapy and by hypnotherapy. The treatment was delivered in an outpatient setting in 6 weekly sessions. The main treatment approach comprised systematic desensitization conducted in vitro (imaginary), during hypnosis and self-hypnosis sessions, as well as in virtuo (in virtual reality). To challenge catastrophic thoughts related to flight and to increase frustration tolerance, the patient was thought the ABC model and cognitive restructuring techniques derived from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Respiration techniques, hypnosis and self-hypnosis techniques were also applied in order to improve sleep quality. The clinical evolution of patient was positive.
Keywords: flight anxiety, hypnotherapy, self-hypnosis, virtual reality exposure therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
Published online: 2019/03/01
Published print: 2019/03/01