Fears - Phobias

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Karen Slattery
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Stopping flying phobia - with help from NLP/Hypnotherapy

Fear of flying has been estimated as affecting about one in five people. Perhaps you used to fly confidently but suddenly found that you were afraid of flight, or perhaps you have been afraid for as long as you can remember. Perhaps you have never yet been on a plane yet are afraid to fly. You may have a good idea how your fear started, or the cause may remain a mystery.

No matter which description seems a good fit for you, there is one thing you share with all other sufferers of flying phobia; you can get help to rid yourself of this fear. This help makes use of NLP and Hypnotherapy, and it allows you to do it in a very short period of time. Some people do it within the limits of a single one-hour session.

Can it really be done?

Perhaps you really do not see how it can be done, it doesn’t sound realistic or the idea seems to elude your grasp. We have worked with lots of people with flying phobia, it is the second most common phobia we are asked to work with (fear of public speaking is the most common phobia we deal with). Some had suffered some horrific trauma to do with flight, some had no idea why the thought of flying scared them, and yet most of them quickly recovered completely.

We have successfully treated airline pilots, aircrew, cabin crew, passengers, and also people who had never been near a plane. Anyone can develop this phobia, and it usually develops very quickly. It is a learned response, and if you have this anxiety then you probably learned very quickly to respond with fear. One good thing about this is that you can unlearn the response, very quickly, and very easily.

What is flying phobia?

There are many ways to experience a fear of flight. One of the most common is to imagine that something disastrous is going to happen. Feeling out of control is another common experience. Many people also have a horror of confined spaces, which compounds the terror when you fly

What almost everyone shares is feeling scared in advance. Some people may have sleepless nights months in advance of their flight. Many seek to damp down their imagination with alcohol or sedatives. Symptoms of high anxiety are common. And fear of the fear is usually present. Being afraid, in advance, of being afraid.

Fear management

There are schools of thought that teach that the correct breathing techniques will keep the problem away. Eating well, avoiding stimulants and depressants, and organising plenty of distractions such as books and magazines are also recommended. Anyone with a real phobia of flight who tries these strategies will find them of very limited use, in fact, probably of no use whatsoever.

Ending the fear

If you set out to manage your fear you are, in effect, telling yourself that the ‘bad feeling’ is there and may take over at any time. We prefer a different approach; abolish the fear.

We use NLP and hypnotherapy to take you through to a successful conclusion. Both of them involve sitting down comfortably, relaxing and getting in touch with some of your more resourceful states.

We ask questions about what you experience when you feel the phobic response, and if you happen to know how it first started then we ask for some information about the incident. People are different, and both NLP and hypnotherapy have many techniques to offer. We show you how to get an overview of your problem, in a manner of speaking you take up a new approach and then we put you in contact with the techniques most likely to be right for you.

What we do

NLP can help you to consciously change the direction of your thoughts. This is a once-only exercise so that from now on whenever you think about flying you find yourself (automatically and effortlessly) thinking calmly and positively about it.

Using hypnotherapy we can communicate unconsciously with you, using metaphor and stories to reconfigure at a deep level the thought patterns that at the moment lead to feeling fear. You then substitute a new thought pattern that takes you to the state you prefer to be in when thinking times when you may fly.

We aim to get the job done as quickly as possible. We do this by focusing on your immediate experience of being afraid of flight.

What we do not do

We do not use any kind of exposure or desensitisation treatment. You will not be required to feel the blast of full-on fear, nor do you need to be anywhere near an aircraft. We do not require you to learn information about how aircraft stay in the air. We do not spend time on cognitive-behavioural therapy.

Nor do we spend time diagnosing and labelling; did you know that Aviophobia, Aviatophobia and Pteromerhanophobia are all names for this phobia? Everyone who has a fear of flying does it differently to anyone else. Rather than classifying people into groups, the way to help someone is to find out the details of their experience of this high level of anxiety, and then use this knowledge to help them to remove the ‘terror’ from their life.


The following are some of the signs and symptoms of someone with a phobia:

How long will it take me to stop me being scared to fly?

By using this combination of NLP and hypnotherapy we expect most people to be rid of these problems in just two or three one-hour sessions, depending on individual circumstances.