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We asked clinical psychologist Catherine Gallagher on the best way to overcome a fear of flying.

What is a fear of flying? Aerophobia, or the fear of flying, is a relatively common phobia that can cause significant anxiety and distress.

How many people suffer from it? It's estimated that between 2.5% and 6.5% of the population suffer from it.

What causes it? A lot of different factors can contribute to the development of aerophobia, including a fear of heights, a fear of enclosed spaces, or a previous bad experience while flying.

How can you overcome it? Treatment for aerophobia typically involves Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure therapy, which gradually helps the person become more comfortable with flying. We asked Clinical psychologist Catherine Gallagher for her professional opinion. 

oVRcome provides a psychologist developed, Fear of Flying programme including over 85 Virtual Reality environments that you can do from the comfort and privacy of your own home. This program was tested in our recent clinical trial with the University of Otago and published here.

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