In phobia, anxiety comes up in particular situations, which invites comparison to classical conditioning models in which a person was made fearful in a given situation and the response became “learned” or conditioned. It has been our finding that people with phobia also have large amounts of non-specific anxiety that make these initial encounters even more fearful or “charged” with emotion. When the “pool (of anxiety) is drained” they are likely to achieve more comfort. Behavior modification around deconditioning the response to the feared stimulus or situation has been somewhat succesful–although it can also be laborious and lengthy in nature.
The LENS can and does help to “drain the pool” and thus helps with extinguishing the fearful response to the eliciting stimulus. It can be combined with Behavior Modification or Insight-oriented therapy to achieve positive outcomes for phobia sufferers. We have had particular successes with social phobia, including school phobia, agoraphobia, and “stage fright” or phobias about public speaking.
Another area in which we have noted success is in “fear of flying” (which often correlates with claustrophobia or phobias for situations from which there is no escape.) Clients have noticed that there is less anticipatory anxiety before flights, and there is less likely to be a panic attack in the air. We usually equip people with a variety of self-regulation tools (one of which is explained below) to help them right on the spot or in the “no-escape” situation.
At Stone Mountain we frequently combine HRV or Heart Rate Variability training along with the EEG type of treatment. The combination has been frequently successful–especially when the person “can do their HeartMath when they begin to feel fearful or phobic. With the stability conferred by the EEG training, and the breathing and self-regulation techniques, people are able to be much more relaxed and ordinary about airline travel.