At Kindt Clinics you can overcome
your fear of driving
We are a team of experienced psychologists and a general practitioner, specialized in the treatment of fear of driving, among other fears. The freedom of a life without unnecessary fear, that is what Kindt Clinics stands for.
Living freely without fear of driving
Fear of driving comes in different forms. In many cases, this phobia revolves around the fear of fear itself, or fear of a panic attack. One can be afraid that fear could lead to a loss of control, which is especially undesirable in a car. The idea that a moving car, often especially on highways or in tunnels, is a place with no easy way out, may well intensify the fear. Fortunately, fears like these are often treatable.
Symptoms of fear of driving
At Kindt Clinics, we treat fear of driving within one day
Kindt Clinics was founded by Prof. Dr. Merel Kindt, from the University of Amsterdam. She developed the fast and effective Memrec method for the treatment of fear. We welcome people from all over the world.
Costs and reimbursement
In the Netherlands, the treatment is always largely or fully covered by the basic health insurance.
People from abroad pay a fixed hourly fee, and a fixed fee for the car and driving instructor.
Other people's experiences
There is no footage available of the treatment of fear of driving. To give you an idea of the Memrec method, the video below shows the treatment of fear of heights and chicken phobia. The footage comes from the Canadian documentary program The Nature of Things.
“Very happy with the surprising results of the treatment of my anxiety disorder.
After a long period of panic attacks while driving, the Kindt Clinics team really helped me!
I feel the freedom again to be able to come and go where I want.
I can recommend it to everyone!
If you are unsure whether you can also be helped, the personal intake interview is the solution!”
“What wonderful days I have had. Little by little, I am starting to realize how much of an impact the fear has had on my life. The fear was mainly expressed in the car, but I think that the fear of going 'out' was also woven into many small other things. Maartje and Merel are skilled people who have a to the point method that is confrontational, but if you have the guts to really go for it, it is groundbreaking.
What could be better? Slightly more attention to aftercare. It is so bizarre how your own ideas have to adapt to your 'new' ability and that your thoughts can get in your way. The only remedy is to keep surprising yourself, but that is quite intensive and exciting.
Keep up the good work beautiful people! ”
Frequently asked questions about the treatment of fear of driving
Memrec for fear of driving is unique because of its short duration (2 physical appointments) and high effectiveness (83% pass). The treatment starts with an online intake interview. Together we determine how we should approach your treatment; there are many different forms of fear of driving. If we think the method is suitable for you and you decide to go for it, we can then plan the treatment.
On the day of the treatment, we will go for a drive. The practitioner helps you to evoke the fear in the right way. After this, you will be given the pill (a beta blocker), and you will stay with us for 2 hours for the resting period.
One day (or a few days) later, you come back and we check the result of the treatment. We drive the same route, and you should immediately notice that the panic that you experienced during the treatment, is gone this time. Most people still feel tense, preparing themselves for the panic to return. Therefore, we take our time to build your confidence in different situations on the road.
After the treatment, we like to keep in touch, and you are always welcome for an extra practice session.
In our view, a treatment is successful if the fear of driving no longer limits you in your daily life. Driving, or specifically a highway or a tunnel, does not need to be fun, but you should be able to handle it.
After a successful treatment, you will not get a panic attack in the car during the test session. However, you will probably still feel tense, to some extent. On the one hand because this is quite normal when driving a car, but also because you still have to gain confidence that the panic will stay away.
83% of the treatments for fear of driving are successful in one go. The effect is permanent, but practice is needed to develop the necessary self confidence.
The most important success factors are: we must be able to properly reactivate the fear, and you must be motivated enough to overcome your fear.
Specifically for fear of driving, the treatment does not work well for people whose fear mainly occurs when they are alone in the car. After all, we cannot look up this situation during the treatment.
The fear of driving can develop gradually or suddenly. A one-time panic attack in the car, which originally does not even have to be directly related to driving, can be enough. Also other negative experiences, such as an accident, can trigger the fear. Sometimes there is no clear reason. In the brain, connections arise between driving (or sometimes more specifically: tunnels or highways) and a major sense of threat.
This fear creates the tendency to avoid driving (on certain roads). While you rationally know that this can amplify fear, it is difficult to resist this tendency.
Some people with a fear of driving experience the same fear in other places where they think they cannot easily escape, such as a crowded theater, a bus, or an elevator. For others it is really about the driving itself; for example, they overestimate the risk of an accident or doubt their ability to drive the car safely.
For the treatment at Kindt Clinics it doesn't matter where the fear originated. The main thing is that we can properly evoke the fear during the treatment. If someone is only fearful when they are on their own , this unfortunately does not work.