A pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle...The client was hit by a car and developed anxiety whenever she was around the vehicles and also was hesitating to take driving lessons that she was planning to do before the accident. She was questioning her ability to drive since she was afraid to hit someone. She had flashbacks of the accident and was avoiding going to a spot where it happened. Treatment: The goals for the therapy were to reduce anxiety symptoms (racing heart, tensed body, cold sweat, sadness), eliminate nightmares and to help her to overcome thoughts that something bad could happen. OEI, mindfulness and coaching techniques were used to reduce symptoms of anxiety and introduce self-care into the daily routine. Results: The client reported staying more in the present, reduced anxiety, 'feeling happy'. She mentioned that her mind doesn't take her to the past and she finally found a relief from worries.
Anxiety due to a car accident...The client was recommended by her family doctor to see a counsellor because of her extreme anxiety. She had a fear of driving as well as being a passenger. She would exaggerate of what could happen and be scared 'unexpected', so her anxiety would escalate and she would get a panic attack. Treatment: OEI technique helped the client to retrain her body to feel more relaxed and recover from anxiety more quickly. Mindfulness techniques were also introduced to feel more grounded and more present. Results: After four sessions the client reported living in a calmer state. She said 'she is not worried anymore about what could happen and doesn't think 'what if'.
After a car accident...The client came to a therapy after a car accident, she was really nervous about driving and had frequent panic attacks while driving on highways and when she had to cross a bridge. She also had extreme anxiety whenever a car would get too close to her. She also had stomach problems and her leg was shaking sometimes when she was too nervous. Treatment: OEI therapy was used to help the client to find a relief from anxiety. She was also supported in changing her driving habits to feel more present through mindfulness techniques. Results: After eight sessions the client reported that she has no panic attacks anymore and has no worries when she is driving. She said she feels calmer and more in control.