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Take Control of Your Fear of Flying

May 5 & 6, 2012 at Toronto Pearson Airport

Openings are still available for Shift Cognitive Therapy and De Plour Research and Training’s spring session of our successful workshop on learning to control your fear of flying.

The session occurs in a comfortable boardroom within the SkyService Terminal on the grounds of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and ends with an actual flight to show you that you can cope with your fears. Between 80% and 90% of people who attend the seminar take the flight with us and are pleased with the results.

Three features of our workshop make it work:

  1. Most fearful fliers try to avoid airplane-related content to prevent scary thoughts and feelings, but that only makes it all feel more intense. We teach people to pay greater attention (that’s right: greater attention) to noises, emotions, thoughts and sensations because it’s only by doing so that we learn that we can manage with them.
  2. Many fearful fliers have also experienced difficult and sometimes traumatic experiences at other times in their lives. Frightening things, like car accidents, injuries, losses of important people, and abuse can leave us feeling vulnerable in situations where we don’t have much control (like, on airplanes). Working with the psychologist who co-leads the workshop, we help fearful fliers to talk about those difficult experiences because when they do, they untangle the links they have made between flying and the vulnerability they feel.
  3. Finally, we teach fearful fliers specific strategies and tools to use to cope with and minimize the worries and the bodily sensations we all sometimes feel when flying or doing something new.

Follow this link for prices and registration information.

Welcome to the new website for Shift Cognitive Therapy

This version is more flexible than what we had before, making it much easier for us to let you know about important happenings in the clinic and about how we can help you with the issues you’re facing.

Many people tell us that they waited a while before calling for an appointment after their doctor made the referral. They often say they just didn’t feel ready to take the step and that they were afraid consulting with a psychologist would mean something terrible about them (e.g., ‘I am weak!’) or open up an emotional can of worms that they’d then struggle to get back under control. We understand that. We know what it’s like for people to step into the unknown because we see it every day, and we do it ourselves in our own personal and professional lives.

If this is how you’re feeling, then please take some time to read through the site and come back to it often to see what else we’ve added. It’s going to grow over time and become a better resource on issues like anxiety, depression, dealing with stress, family and couples issues, the fear of flying, and coping with illness and injury. We want you to feel comfortable when you come in to see us, that’s our goal. Because when you feel comfortable, it’s easier for us to help you make the changes you’re looking for in your life.

Dr. Ian Shulman, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Ian Shulman is a clinical psychologist with an energetic and creative style, who enjoys working with clients of all ages. Dr. Shulman is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ontario Psychological Association. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in 1999. His background includes professional positions with the Hospital for Sick Children, The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, North York General Hospital and the University of Waterloo. Dr. Shulman has extensive experience in individual and marital/couples therapy and psychological evaluation.

Dr. Shulman maintains professional relationships with Family Physicians, Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Specialists, Academic Tutors, Social Workers, and medical facilities throughout the GTA should referrals be required.

Dr. Shulman’s approach is warm and engaging. He is a long time resident of Oakville, ON and is familiar with challenges particular to this area.