I have just returned from a wonderful holiday and, for me, one of the best bits was the nine hour flight there and back. Go back a few years and things would have been very different and the chances are that the flight itself (and thinking about the flight) would have spoiled the holiday.
So what changed? Initially, before I knew any better, I found that Valium (sometimes with gin – to be honest, mostly with gin!) enabled me to get on a plane and endure the flight. A period of regularly flying around Europe for work helped a great deal. We can’t sustain such a high level of fear over a protracted period and familiarity does not necessarily lead to contempt in this situation, but it does lead to a degree of comfort.
This gives us a clue to how therapy, and hypnotherapy in particular, can help with a fear of flying. I use mental rehearsal in hypnosis to develop that familiarity (or new habit) of being in all the situations related to a flight while feeling calm, relaxed and confident. To that I add tools to help deal immediately with any fears that may start to bubble up (old habits reasserting themselves), including a hypnotherapy recording from me and self-hypnosis.
All of this requires my clients to work hard in the sessions and to practice at home but it is worth it. Don’t take my word for it – here is an extract from an email I received a week ago “…I had to fly back from Spain on my own…I wouldn’t have been able to do this if it wasn’t for the tools and techniques you taught me last year. I wanted to say thank you again and it’s made so much difference to me and my family”.
So if you, like me, want to be engrossed in a film and hardly notice that the plane is taking off or doze through turbulence then I can help you to do that. It takes 4 to 6 weeks (usually 4 appointments) so make sure that you contact me in good time before you are due to fly off to this year’s holiday destination.