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SOAR gave me the tools to make it real

Client Background Summary:

  • After overcoming a daily struggle with panic disorder, my anxiety began to manifest itself solely on the airplane.

Client Review Summary:

  • ...came upon SOAR. I bought the program and celebrated my completion with a trip to Hawaii.
  • Tom's comprehensive understanding of the complex layers of the fear and those of us who struggle allows him to empower us to succeed.
  • ...the program gave me all the tools I needed to help guide me.
  • ...I scheduled one-on-one sessions with Tom and I found him to be astoundingly helpful as he continued to teach me how to help myself.

Client Review:

"I always flew a few times a year and my mid-20's were no different, except it was becoming more and more difficult. After overcoming a daily struggle with panic disorder, my anxiety began to manifest itself solely on the airplane. I found myself avoiding trips I'd otherwise be excited for and working myself up into a frenzied panic each time I decided to go for it. I knew I didn't want my fear and anxiety to prevent me from exploring the world and connecting with family and friends, so I kept flying, hoping things would get better. Unfortunately I later learned that I was only making things worse by continuing to put myself through a traumatic situation without support.

At some point in the early days of the internet, my boyfriend at the time came upon SOAR. I bought the program and celebrated my completion with a trip to Hawaii. It was a great success and I knew I'd be forever indebted to Captain Bunn.

Tom's comprehensive understanding of the complex layers of the fear and those of us who struggle allows him to empower us to succeed. And equal to the profoundness of the program is Tom's enduring commitment and passion to help all who need him. The SOAR email newsletter was born years after I went through the program, but somehow I made it onto the email list and began receiving helpful, supportive reminders and encouragement when I didn't even realize I needed them.

Over the years my fear has continued to ebb and flow, but the program gave me all the tools I needed to help guide me. In fact, in preparation for an overseas trip this year - one I thought I could never take - I went to see an anxiety specialist to give myself that extra boost. Every technique that therapist applied was one SOAR had previously taught me and I quickly realized I'd already had everything I needed. And while I continued to seek therapeutic guidance to keep me on track to take on this long flight - absolutely and literally my biggest fear - I no doubt couldn't have even entertained the idea without the foundation SOAR provided and the confidence it gave me flight after flight after flight.

A couple times over the last decade or so I scheduled one-on-one sessions with Tom and I found him to be astoundingly helpful as he continued to teach me how to help myself. His availability, accessibility, integrity, responsiveness, generous spirit, and intimate understanding of the psychology and engineering around flying make him a true gift for any of us who face this challenge.

Finally, for whatever reason, I still remember exactly where I was sitting when I answered one of the questions in my SOAR packet over ten years ago. I was to write down how I wished flying could one day be for me. I wrote that I wanted the experience to be like getting on a bus. And while I can still be a finicky traveler, I have to say that for the most part, that's how it is for me today. SOAR helped me dare to envision it and then gave me the tools to make it real.

I've referred countless people to SOAR and will continue to do so for the rest of my life."

A SOAR Graduate

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