Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias, with an estimated 1 in 10 people experiencing anxiety. The primary function of our subconscious mind is to protect us and if it sees something as a threat, actions will be taken, this is when you will notice your specific symptoms such as racing heart beat, nausea, sweating or a full blown panic attack. Despite flying being proven to be one of the safest ways to travel, the fear still grips many people, stopping them travelling on family holidays or not taking a job as it would require travel.
Many people who do not suffer from this fear may not understand how it feels and they use statistics to reassure the person. These comments are not always helpful, in fact they can do the opposite, making the person feel like the fear is just a weakness. Phobias are learnt patterns of behaviour, but these can be unlearnt with a new pattern being accepted by the mind.
The good news is that solution focused hypnotherapy can access the subconscious mind to change this pattern of thought. Prior to the trance session, I will ask you how you would like to see yourself when flying, what you want to achieve by the end of the sessions.  I use the technique of Rewind and Reframe.  During rewind and under trance we will talk through previous occasions you have had anxiety in relation to flying and because this is done in a safe enviroment with no physical symptoms of stress and anxiety your mind becomes de sensitised to these thoughts so the old pattern of thought is changed.  During the reframe session I use your comments and ideas as to how you want to be when flying in the future, again this is done when you are feeling relaxed, confident and safe.  Your mind will then have the new pattern that you do not find flying stressful.  Please contact me if you have any further questions in relation to phobias.