Overcoming the fear of flying

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This year’s air tragedies in the Ukraine and Africa, and the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can bring out some people’s worst fears.

The fear of flying is a very common phobia and it can be reassuring to remember that, despite recent events then, statistically speaking, it is still considered to be the safest form of travel.

Government figures show far fewer deaths or serious injuries being linked to air travel than motorcycling, cycling, or driving.

Statistics from the Department of Transport state that there is a far greater chance of being killed by simply crossing the road than being a passenger on a plane.[i]

It is estimated that around 10 million people in the UK have a phobia[ii] and a common one is flying – with some people avoiding plane travel altogether, so missing out on holidays abroad, reunions, and even work opportunities.

Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy uses simple and effective techniques, which includes hypnosis, to help a person overcome a phobia. Hypnosis is simply the use of a trance state, which is a completely natural feeling and something that we all experience regularly on a day-to-day basis.

Using hypnotherapy to overcome a phobia is a straightforward procedure because effectively it works with the client to help them remove the fears from their minds so that the therapist can help them find reassurance in themselves. In terms of flying, this generally means they can feel calm, confident, and relaxed on future flights.

It can be an effective method and can help people achieve their goal of going abroad without worrying about the flight out or, indeed, the flight back.

More than 72 million people passed through Heathrow airport last year with 35 million going through Gatwick, more than six million through Bristol, and just over 700,000 through Exeter.[iii]

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps people in a range of areas from overcoming phobias through to improving sleep patterns, reducing anger, assisting with weight management, easing general anxiety and stopping smoking.


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