A 45-year-old man named "Charlie" who owned an auto delivery company came to us with a driving phobia after being involved in an automobile accident in one of his clients high end cars. His business required him to do extensive driving of exotic cars for clients and though he continued to drive, he became too terrified to drive over 45 mph or to drive on highways, especially at night. After two months of sessions, he learned how to relax while driving, being able to desensitize to his fears.
A 33-year-old woman name "Emily" wanted to face her adult onset fear of riding elevators. In 4 sessions she was able to take the elevator to the highest floor with a partner present with minimal anxiety. In 8 sessions she was able to ride alone for 10 floors total. By session 14, she was able to take the elevator to the top of the Chrysler Building near our office.
A 28-year-old man named "Rudy" was ready to conquer his fear of dogs. He was brutally attacked by a dog as a child and never regained his comfort around canines. We employed gradual exposure techniques starting with dogs videos, then pet stores and kennel, and finally getting him to approach and pet dogs in his building and on the street.
A 25-year-old nursing student named "Cassy" experienced intense anxiety during test taking. Her long list of symptoms included heart palpitations, blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, sweaty hands, dry mouth, coughing and a self-deprecating dialogue caused her mind to go blank during exams, but then recall the answers after the test was over. She learned to manage her nervousness after a course of Cognitive Behavior Therapy using graduated exposure, role play, and other practice methods. Within 3 months, she exhibited significant improvement in exam performance, raising her average from a 3.1 to a 3.5 by the end of the school year.