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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tom Bunn. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tom Bunn, often where they are interviewed.

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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tom Bunn. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tom Bunn, often where they are interviewed.

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#105 – Panic Free Pandemic Workbook: Exercises To Calm Pandemic-Related Fear, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia - Tom Bunn

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Power of Your Mind Podcast Interview with Tom Bunn – Panic Free Pandemic Workbook: Exercises To Calm Pandemic-Related Fear, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia

In Episode #105, I am talking with Tom Bunn.

A licensed therapist and retired airline captain. He has worked for fearful fliers for over 35 years, and in that time, developed an effective way to keep his clients from having a panic attack on the plane. Studies have shown over 80% of his clients become completely free of panic when flying. As a side effect, they become free of panic on the ground as well. This was important because the therapy most often used from panic, CBT, ends panic in only 16% of clients treated with it. That led him to write Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia. This book focused to ending panic in elevators, on bridges, in tunnels, high places, and MRIs. Recently, he supplemented that book with a workbook aimed specifically at pandemic-related issues.

Today, Tom  is going to share some of his insights on How to Calm Pandemic-Related Fear, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia

We talked about:

  • How this workbook got started and why he decided to write it.
  • Why anxiety is so difficult for some to handle and not so difficult for others.
  • What it is about this pandemic that has made it hard for people to keep their emotional balance.
  • How we all have a calming system and some of us have the mental software to operate it and some of us don't.
  • Where that mental software comes from.
  • If we didn't get the mental software during formative years, how we get it now.

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Jun 19 2020 · 54mins
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252: Tom Bunn | How To Stop Panic Attacks Fast

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Today on the show is Captain Tom Bunn. A few weeks ago, I had a panic attack for the first time in my life. I found a book that I thought would help me through this process written by a former commercial airline pilot that ran a fear of flying school. During that process, Captain Tom stumbled upon some solutions to help people who are suffering from panic attacks. If you are finding yourself randomly having anxiety or panic attacks in the middle of this COVID-19 business, this episode is for you.

In This Conversation We Cover:

  • [04:09] Getting the word out on preventing panic attacks
  • [10:35] Redirecting your thoughts
  • [12:18] How oxytocin inhibits the release of stress hormones
  • [15:44] Rob’s personal scenario with claustrophobia and panic attacks
  • [20:03] Walking Rob through the calming techniques
  • [43:27] An exercise you can use to regulate your stress
  • [50:53] How long it takes for your subconscious to pick up these techniques
  • [54:52] Why people are feeling panic attacks from the pandemic 
  • [57:33] Vegal break vs oxytocin producing memory

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Apr 27 2020 · 1hr 19mins

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Ep. 74: Capt. Tom Bunn — How to Use Human Connection to Conquer Fear and Panic

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My guest this week is Captain Tom Bunn, a former airline pilot who is now a psychotherapist. Tom specializes in treating panic, which he got into through helping people with a fear of flying. Now he’s written a book, Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia (affiliate link), which describes a way to use human connection to stop the panic response.

This was a really interesting book and a fascinating conversation. You’ll discover in this episode how oxytocin can stop panic from developing, and how to engage the parasympathetic nervous system to put the brakes on a runaway fear reaction. Other things we talked about included:

Why panic is so distressing
What is missing from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for some individuals with panic
How Tom developed his treatment approach for panic
The types of memories that can trigger oxytocin release
Stephen Porges’s research on the social engagement system and Polyvagal Theory
The important of the quality of another person’s voice in activating the calming response (see this previous episode with YogaVoice creator Mark Moliterno)
How Tom transitioned from being a pilot to being a therapist
Why knowing the safety facts doesn’t eliminate fear of flying
The limitations of relying on what is conscious when treating panic
The importance of quieting the hyperarousal “alarm” in order to deal effectively with panic
Linking panic-related situations to memories of social engagement to activate the calming system
The imperative of practicing the techniques Tom recommends
The function of a “safety person” in panic disorder
The importance of picking the right person to provide the appropriate calming response
The limits of control in panic
The problem with emotional reasoning (that feeling unsafe means you’re in danger)
“Psychic equivalence”: not being able to distinguish between one’s fears and reality
The kind of meditation that can be most useful in managing panic
Training the brain such that fear triggers calming rather than more arousal

Toward the end of the episode I noted the overlap between Tom's approach and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), developed by Dr. Steven Hayes. Here's more background on what ACT is and how it works.

Here is Tom's first book: SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying (affiliate link)

If you suffer from panic attacks and claustrophobia in tight spaces, there’s a lot to take from this episode. Please share it with someone you care about if they’re dealing with panic and could benefit from the information.

Tom Bunn, LCSW, is the author of SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying, and Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia. These books are the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role as an airline pilot.

He is also a licensed therapist, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100. Visit him online at http://www.panicfree.net.

Find Tom online at his website, and visit his treatment website where you can sign up to participate in a free live chat every Wednesday at 9:00 pm Eastern time.
Jan 15 2020 · 51mins
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18: Panic Free with Captain Tom Bunn

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In this episode, I interview Captain Tom Bunn, airline pilot turned social worker!

As you may know, I used to have panic attacks AND I couldn’t fly on an airplane without my husband. During a flight I’d either need to be medicated OR I’d be white knuckling a meditation the whole time. That’s changed for me now because of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). I’m still shocked at how my fears of flying have fallen away.

Tom’s approach to ending panic in ALL situations (not just flying) is based on legitimate scientific research and my hope is that his approach could help clear out any panic you’re having so you can continue to dive deep into ACIM and be the miracle worker that you are. 

Tom Bunn, LCSW, is the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, which is the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role as an airline pilot. He is also a licensed therapist, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100. 

DISCLAIMER: This show is for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical or mental health advice or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or licensed mental health professional to discuss your healthcare concerns and treatment.

Find all of the resources we talk about on the show notes page at: https://fromanxietytolove.com/18

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Dec 09 2019 · 54mins

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56 Panic Free: A 10-Day Method with Tom Bunn

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An airforce+airline pilot turned therapist talks about the 10-day program he developed to resolve the fear of flying, panic attacks & anxiety. How to use oxytocin & the memories of a loved one to prevent anxiety from developing & even stopping it.

Aug 07 2019 · 46mins
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Conversations Live With Vicki St Clair 08 - 05 - 19 Helene Segura, Tom Bunn re-up

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originally aired 06-03-19

If you have ever been guilty of claiming vacations are too stressful, you will fall behind if you take time off, you end up working on your days off, anyway … it’s time for you to get away from it all. Helene Segura returns to Conversations Live with The Great Escape: A Vacation Planner for Busy People Who Want to Take a Real Break from Work and Life.

Known as The Inefficiency Assassin, productivity expert Helene Segura has authored four books and been the featured organization expert in over 200 media interviews.

Later, now that you’ve decided to take that vacation, there might be one more obstacle … a fear of flying. Captain Tom Bunn, LCSW, is a licensed therapist who routinely addressed flight panic during his years as an airline pilot. His methods of overcoming your anxiety and stress extend beyond the threshold of the airplane gate to everyday life.

Tom is the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today.
Aug 05 2019 · 53mins
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How To Stop Panic Attacks, Anxiety, And Claustrophobia For Good – Tom Bunn (Ep. 230)

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Tom Bunn, licensed therapist, author, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Tom talks about his incredibly effective method for lowering anxiety, stopping panic attacks, and getting over the fear of claustrophobic places. Tom shares his unique perspective as a former Air Force pilot and later as an airline pilot who was able to help countless passengers fly without fear and how he developed a very effective approach to conquering your fears. If you’re wondering how to use your mind to get past anxiety, end panic attacks, and remove any bit of claustrophobia you may have, check this episode out now!

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In our episode we go over:

  • Tom’s experience in the Air Force and flying the first supersonic jet fighter
  • What he learned about fear and panic attacks from flying
  • How he came up with his system for helping other people get over their fears
  • The fact that planes are some of the safest places to travel in and how they almost never crash
  • The power of the hormone oxytocin and why it’s the key to beating your fears
  • Summoning up good memories and what this does physiologically
  • Linking good memories, one after the other and how this shifts your brain from a worried brain to a happy brain
  • How to link your good memories to produce good chemicals like oxytocin
  • Why preparing for an event beforehand is the secret to having the success when it happens
  • Unconscious procedural memory and how this works
  • Training your mind to know what to do automatically in a high-stress situation
  • Desensitization and whether or not this is effective
  • Activating your parasympathetic nervous system
  • Why the memory and feeling of nourishing a child is one of the most powerful memories you can have
  • Summoning up other powerful memories like having great sex
  • The similarities between Tom’s technique and NLP
  • The success rate of approximately 80% that Tom has and why he feels that this number could go up to close to 100% if given enough time
  • The power of the mind and what it’s truly capable of
  • How to overcome anxiety, panic, and claustrophobia for good
  • Tom’s final message for anxiety and panic sufferers

Check out Tom on:

Website: panicfree.net

Book:  amazon.com/panic-free


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Jul 02 2019 · 46mins
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How To End A Panic Attack And Reduce Anxiety With Tom Bunn

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Retired airline captain and licensed therapist Tom Bunn has worked with fearful fliers for over 35 years. Many were troubled by panic attacks when in the air.

Having solved that problem, Tom has turned to ending panic attacks on the ground. His new book, Panic Free, leads readers through the steps needed to control panic automatically on the ground as well as in the air.

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Jun 10 2019 · 1hr 7mins
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The Christine Upchurch Show - 06 - 07 - 19 - Tom Bunn

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Title: Panic Free: Learn to End Panic and Anxiety

Description: Millions suffer from some sort of panic disorder, and cognitive therapy is ineffective for the majority of them. In this conversation with Christine, retired airline captain, therapist, and author Tom Bunn shares his effective and fast program that helps people end panic, anxiety, and claustrophobia.

Bio: Tom Bunn, LCSW, is a retired airline Captain and the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, which is the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role as a pilot. He is also a licensed therapist, a regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100.

Website: http:www.panicfree.net
Facebook Professional: https://www.facebook.com/PanicFreeBook/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/flightwit
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CaptTomBunnLCSW
Jun 07 2019 · 54mins
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Expert Interview #22: Tom Bunn Becoming Panic Free

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Tom Bunn is a return guest to this podcast where in an early episode he talked about the fear of flying based on his earlier book SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fearing of Flying. He recently published Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety and Claustrophobia which is the topic of the current interview. His creative approach to panic utilizes the latest insights from neuroscience. His approach is especially useful for panic triggered by infrequent events such as flying, thunderstorms, trips to the dentist and getting shots.

Jun 04 2019 · 45mins