Are you ready to fight your fears?
Fearfighter Programme with The CBT Coach Deirdre Coyne
FearFighter is an online programme for panic and phobia. The programme teaches users how to confront and change their thoughts and challenge avoidance behaviour that characterise panic and phobia. Users can print out worksheets for activities, monitor progress and receive emails with further tips at the end of each step. Most sessions last about 50 minutes. One session a week is the current recommended treatment regime.
FearFighter is backed by evidence-based research:
+15 Scientific research studies conducted
FearFighter™ has been extensively tested over the years. With three Randomised Control Trials (RCT), one of which had over 700 patients, FearFighter continues to remain the leading programme for anxiety and phobia disorders.
The programme is approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
NICE endorsed FearFighter as being clinical and cost effective CBT therapy and recommended FearFighter as an option for delivering CBT for panic and phobia disorders under the Final Appraisal Determination (FAD).
The UK National Health Service (NHS) and other nations recognise FearFighter as a standard form of treatment for anxiety and phobia disorders.
What’s involved in the Fearfighter programme?
FearFighter consists of nine steps that need to be worked through one by one in order to obtain the greatest benefits. It guides users through CBT as much as a therapist does and the following describes the nine steps that a user must accomplish for greater benefits.
Section 1: Getting Started
General introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and FearFighter (FF). You’ll learn how CBT approaches anxiety, the three different phobia categories ( specific, social and agoraphobia) and about the body’s natural “fight or flight” response. Your activity for this session will be to find a helper.
Section 2: How to Beat Fear
You’ll learn the different sensations of anxiety (cardiovascular, muscular, digestive, respiratory and invisible) and become equipped with a list for spotting signs of anxiety. You’ll also learn common safety behaviors (avoidance, distraction and escape) and listen to four videos of personal stories. Your exercise will be to start the FF diary.
Section 3: Anxiety Management
You’ll be introduced to anxiety management techniques introduced in the form of Coping Cards to help you when you start to feel an attack brooding. You’ll select one trigger to overcome and practice your anxiety management techniques.
Section 4: Challenging Thoughts
In Section 4, you’ll learn about thinking errors and over-generalistion. You will be provided with four questions to challenge this thinking, seven characteristics of negative thoughts and how to recognise and overcome these thinking errors. Your activity will be the challenging thoughts exercise.
Section 5: Core Beliefs
Your deeply held beliefs about self and others will be identified using a Downward Arrow technique. You will develop alternative, more helpful core beliefs. The activity for this section will be the core belief exercise.
Section 6: Exposure and SMART Goals
Exposure therapy is gradually facing your fear (trigger) often and long enough until it causes little or no fear. You’ll learn about exposure therapy and the fear hierarchy with Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timed (SMART) goals. Your activity will be to create your own fear hierarchy.
Section 7: Exposure and Rehearsal
In Section 7, you will learn how to cope with exposure from images, sounds, videos and role playing. Using exposure rehearsal, you will practice anxiety management techniques, control physical sensations, challenge negative automatic thoughts and to choose your personal SMART goals.
Section 8: Continuing Exposure
You will reviewing your exposure therapy experience revisit some simple rules. Continual exposure can lead to fear extinction and you’ll learn from four other individuals who have succeeded in this. Your activity will be your personal progress: what’s going well, what are your challenges and how are you tackling them?
Section 9: Maintaining your Gains
Review your treatment goals, learn to deal with set-backs, and be provided with printable activity worksheets and summaries.
How to Access The FearFighter Programme
The FearFighter programme is available as an online course to people who have gone through the process of assessment with me. This ensures that the programme is a fit to your needs. A telephone consultation with me ensures that the programme is right for you.
What will I learn from FearFighter?
The FearFighter programmes explains what anxiety is and also gives case studies which is a great way for people firstly, to realise they do not suffer alone and, also to show that it is possible to deal with our anxiety in a positive way.
People who suffer from social anxiety and anxiety in general often use safety behaviours to get them through tough obstacles they have to deal with on a daily basis. Fear Fighter allows people to look at this behaviour and understand their cognitive thinking behind it.
They are introduced to a step-by-step model with the ultimate goal of being able to take back control of situations themselves and not rely on others. These steps are set by the individual themselves and this process opens them up to allowing them have as much control as they feel comfortable with, with no judgment from others.
How much does FearFighter cost?
The 9-module programme costs £297. This includes:
Full access to the programme resources for life.
15-minute call with Deirdre weekly.
60-minute one-2-one coaching with Deirdre.
Access to online messaging support with 24-hour response time.
Weekly printable work sheets to aid your learning.
Bonus coaching session at the end of the programme.
Certificate of completion.
If you would like to know more about the FearFighter programme you can contact me here.