A prolonged inability to drive or severe anxiety when driving following a motor vehicle collision should be addressed sooner than later. If rear-view mirror watching, startling, fear and frustration, and general avoidance of driving become a problem, research informs us that graded desensitization and exposure activities are necessary to deal with the anxiety.
People start avoiding bridges, tunnels, traffic, and can develop other irrational fears. Their ‘new’ anxiety and stress becomes compounded with the regular stress of driving that already exists. Some people even stop driving forever or restrict themselves to a very small area due to anxiety.
Therapy addresses the topics of anxiety management and the rationality of fears both on and off the road. We have added a Desensitization Therapy component in the form of on-road in-vivo exposure with a knowledgeable and patient driving instructor (we have a dual steering and brake/acceleration controlled vehicle and right/left foot adaptable accelerator).
Lifebalance is fortunate to have our lead driving instructor share her specialized knowledge of helping anxious and fearful drivers with our groups. She not only brings years of driving instructor experience, but also spent many years as a professional driver herself (long haul truck driver). She is fluent in English and Punjabi.
Driving Anxiety format is generally comprised of :
- Individualized 6 - 8 week program
- Registered Psychologist - therapy (1 time week, 1 hour each time)
- Desensitization therapy: In-vivo exposure with driving instructor (typically 2 times per week, 1 hour each time)
This is a customized program and can be adjusted based on client needs