This very practical and realistic audio course provides advice and clarification to the thunder phobia sufferer and their friends and family. It is intended to be used with the two foundation courses ‘Relax – and Enjoy It!’ and ‘Control Your Tension!’ This course provides a wealth of valuable and practical methods for overcoming thunder phobia using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) techniques and principles.
The thunder phobia sufferer may experience a wide variety of underlying fears, stresses and uncertainties. There is, however, a structured programme that will significantly reduce the panic and anxiety symptoms that thunder phobics suffer and eliminate them in many cases. Friends and family are frequently confused and frustrated in their attempts to help a thunder phobic loved one – largely because they do not understand what to do for the best. There are many thought-provoking and practical suggestions contained in this thunder phobia treatment programme that friends and family, as well as the sufferer, can follow with benefit to all concerned.
One of the most difficult aspects of the thunder phobia condition is the pattern of avoidance behaviour that thunder phobics develop. This avoidance behaviour, whilst understandable in that the thunder phobic is highly anxious and frightened by those random effects of thunderstorms that they find threatening, is the most powerful single factor in maintaining the problem of thunder phobia. This programme gives practical advice on handling avoidance behaviour and encouraging the thunder phobia sufferer in letting go of their avoidances and building resiliency for handling thunderstorms.
The powerful techniques of differential relaxation and anxiety management developed through use of ‘Relax – and Enjoy It!’ and ‘Control Your Tension!’ are used to show the thunder phobic how to apply them in those circumstances where they feel panic or anxiety. Together, they combine to form a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) approach to handling and overcoming thunder phobia. So while the thunder phobia symptoms are being reduced through use of guided differential relaxation, the programme to reduce avoidance behaviour becomes progressively easier to apply until, through a circle of anxiety management and gradual reduction in avoidance behaviour patterns, the thunder phobia symptoms diminish.
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