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Our Mission

The goal of BanxietyFree is to provide insightful and thought provoking articles that address the fears and anxieties that prevent people from following their passions. Throughout this website we’ve endeavored to use original words and images in an effort to keep the site “real” and “pertinent” to todays struggles. There are always inherent risk in everything we do, especially when we move outside of our individual comfort zones. Sometime we willingly step into that zone while other times we are forced. Whether it’s through divorce, loss of a loved one, or a conscious decision to take an alternate path, the lessons you learn along the way far surpass any risks, pains, and anxieties that had to be endured.

Most people know that psychologists conduct research on the benefits of various types of treatment for psychiatric conditions. Most people do NOT know that the results are analyzed across large groups to determine average differences which may be statistically significant but make absolutely no difference to you as an INDIVIDUAL. Our approach to anxiety treatment is tailored to the individual. Our aim is to foster an active participation in your own treatment. Everyone has fears, everyone avoids uncomfortable situations and everyone has anxieties. We promote a pushing of your boundaries to manage your anxieties, to move out of your comfort zone and to face your fears head on. We do this through “Journeys.”

About Us

Dr. Elaine Orabona Foster

Elaine is one of the first 10 prescribing psychologists in the US. She holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) . Elaine received a B.A. in psychology from New York University and a Ph.D. from Nova University. She then joined the U.S. Air Force and completed a Fellowship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Psychopharmacology. She’s worked extensively with soldiers afflicted with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Elaine has taught classes and symposia on women’s issues, anxiety, depression, and cultural factors in medicine throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Her articles have been featured in World News Network and she’s contributed to several books including: The Psychologist’s Desk Reference, Pharmacotherapy for Psychologists: Prescribing and Collaborative Roles, and Trauma Psychology [2 volumes]: Issues in Violence, Disaster, Health, and Illness.

In her spare time, Elaine enjoys pushing through the limits of her own anxiety by traveling to places far off and unknown.

 

Joseph W. Foster III

Joe has had a passion for travel his entire life. He’s an engineer and a scientist but most of all, an experienced adventurer. He’s hiked, sailed and flown all over the world; searching for unique, off-the-beaten-track places to explore. Joe’s a certified Divemaster, an FAA-licensed Pilot, and a USCG-licensed Boat Captain. Whether it’s sailing an open sea or climbing a mountain, he’s always explored his physical and emotional limits. He’s trained new scuba divers, teaching them how to combat the anxieties that sap their strength and endurance. As a flight engineer, he’s had to test new aircraft technologies during high speed flight, in low altitude, mountainous terrain. He’s faced long periods of isolation and extreme fatigue while solo sailing long distances, battling extreme weather conditions and critical gear failures. At the end of his journeys he’s always walked away with a comforting peace of mind and a wonder of what is next … at least up until he walked the Camino de Santiago.