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Fear of Flying

Aerophobia, or the fear of flying, is an anxiety disorder characterised by intense fear or panic around air travel. It is often caused by traumatic experiences, media exposure, lack of control, and related phobias such as claustrophobia or acrophobia.

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Aerophobia, or the fear of flying, is an anxiety disorder characterised by intense fear or panic around air travel. It is often caused by traumatic experiences, media exposure, lack of control, and related phobias such as claustrophobia or acrophobia.
Odontophobia, also known as dentophobia, is a deep fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist or receiving dental procedures. This can lead to avoidance of dental care and consequently, deterioration of oral health.

What is Aerophobia?

Aerophobia, otherwise known as the fear of flying or aviophobia, is a type of anxiety disorder triggered by an extreme sense of fear, panic, or worry about air travel. Air travel is considered the safest mode of transport, yet many people experience anxiety when they fly or even at the prospect of flying. If you have aerophobia, you will often suffer from increased anxiety and panic attacks at the thought of flying, when in an aircraft, or you may even avoid air travel altogether.

What causes fear of flying?

Most people find air travel stressful, and certain aspects of flying, such as bad weather, travel delays, and take-off, can be particularly anxiety-inducing. It is difficult to discover the root cause of a fear of flying, but often this phobia is caused by various factors, including:

  • A traumatic flight or aircraft crash: Whilst airline crashes are infrequent, some people develop a fear of flying due to a traumatic experience with air travel. Perhaps you have encountered turbulence, mechanical problems, discomfort whilst flying, an emergency landing or been part of a crash. The psychological distress caused by these experiences could cause you to develop a fear of flying.
  • Lack of control: If you have aerophobia, it is likely triggered by an underlying fear of losing control of yourself. When you’re on a plane, you have no control over your situation or safety and have to put your full trust in the pilot and the cabin crew, which many people find very distressing.
  • Media exposure/hearing distressing testimonies: Often, your fear of flying will not be caused by a direct flight experience. Watching extensive media coverage of airline disasters can cause you to develop a fear of flying. Similarly, if your friend has had a bad air travel experience and then shares their distressing testimony with you, you will likely be more hesitant to use air travel. For example, many people developed aerophobia after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Parental influence: If your parents have a fear of flying and actively avoid air travel, you may develop the phobia too, as your exposure level will be extremely low. This is a particularly common cause in children, but it can affect many adults as well.
  • Other related circumstances: Your aerophobia may have also developed due to a different conflict in your life. For example, if your fear of flying develops soon after starting a year of study abroad, and you have concerns about language barriers or education, this could be the root cause of your phobia. Likewise, children who must fly frequently to visit divorced parents sometimes develop aerophobia as a coping mechanism for the trauma of the divorce.

Additionally, your fear of flying could be triggered by certain other phobias and anxiety disorders, such as:

  • Claustrophobia: If you have claustrophobia, which is the irrational fear of confined spaces, you will often experience a fear of flying due to the cramped seating area and lack of personal space.
  • Acrophobia: Having acrophobia, otherwise known as an extreme fear of heights, can make you develop a fear of flying because most commercial aeroplanes sustain a cruising altitude of around 35,000 feet above sea level.
  • Social anxiety disorder: Many people who have social anxiety disorder will find air travel anxiety-inducing because they must spend long periods of time with strangers who can initiate conversation throughout the flight.
  • Germaphobia: Germaphobia is the excessive fear of germs. Therefore, if you have germaphobia, it is likely that you will develop a fear of flying because you will be uneasy about aeroplane cleanliness.
  • Emetophobia: Unfortunately, some people can suffer from nausea and vomiting when they use air travel, particularly if there is turbulence on the flight. This can be triggering if you have emetophobia, which is an extreme fear of vomiting, feeling sick, or watching other people vomit.
  • Physical symptoms: Sometimes, if you have certain a physical disorder, this can contribute to your fear of flying. For example, if you have a sinus infection, cold, or vertigo, you may suffer from pain, dizziness, or a worsening ear blocking sensation during your flight. Also, if you are at a higher risk of blood clots, such as if you have cardiovascular disease, this can prompt concerns about developing a worsening condition during a flight.

What are the symptoms of Aerophobia?

If you have aerophobia, you will often experience persistent and intense anxiety when you travel by air or even at the prospect of flying. You may also experience anticipatory anxiety, which is when you experience the fear of flying long before your scheduled flight. Additionally, you may feel apprehensive, irritable, overly emotional, overwhelmed, or stressed. However, aerophobia can also manifest with physical symptoms, including:

  • Chills
  • Chest pain, or shortness of breath
  • Hyperventilating
  • Difficulty concentrating, clouded thinking or disorientation
  • Chest pain, feeling tight chested, or choking sensations
  • Muscle spasms
  • Flushed skin, or feeling overly hot
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Increased heart rate or heart palpitations
  • Shaking
  • Sweating

In extreme cases, you may experience a panic attack, which is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers physical and psychological symptoms, such as heart palpitations, feeling like you’re hallucinating, having a heart attack, or even dying.

What treatments are available if you have a fear of flying?

If your fear of flying is having a detrimental impact on your life, you must get treatment for it. Hypnotherapy is a particularly effective and efficient complementary treatment for aerophobia, as it has little side effects and treats the psychological root cause of your anxieties so that they do not re-emerge later in life. However, patients often use this therapy alongside another form of talking treatment or medication, such as:

Talking treatments: talking treatments, such as counsellingcognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, have been very effective at treating aerophobia as they teach you sustainable coping methods that make your fear of flying more tolerable. However, one limitation of cognitive behavioural therapy is that often therapists will utilise exposure therapy by bringing the object that you fear into your sessions, which some patients find particularly anxiety-inducing. Therefore, if you believe that you would not benefit from exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy probably isn’t for you.

Medication: Sometimes, medications, including antidepressants, tranquillisers, or beta-blockers, are prescribed on a short-term basis to treat the severe effects of aerophobia, such as anxiety. However, medication isn’t usually recommended for treating phobias because it tends to have side effects, such as nausea, dry mouth, headaches, sleeping problems, gastronomical issues, and sexual problems.

There are also several self-help techniques that you can implement in your life to manage your fear of flying, such as:

  • Be honest: You may be embarrassed to speak up about your fear of flying, but the first step to recovery is acknowledging that your phobia exists. Once you can be honest with yourself, you will be more likely to communicate with others about your fear, seek treatment, and tackle your phobia.
  • Get educated and educate others: Educate yourself on what could be triggering your fear of flying. Do you have claustrophobia, or do you struggle with turbulence? You can look online to find coping techniques for your anxieties. Furthermore, you may find reassurance in learning about safety regulations and pilot training, as it will help you feel safer on your flight. You can also educate those around you, speak to your cabin crew, and air any anxieties you have before the aircraft takes off.
  • Set travel goals: If you have a fear of flying, you may benefit from setting travel goals that involve air travel. If you aspire to go to a foreign country, you will be more likely to tackle your phobia as your positive attitude towards your travel destination may overpower your anxieties and make the prospect of flying more tolerable.
  • Ask for assistance: If you’re anxious before a flight, you can always speak to your cabin crew, friends, or therapist about your worries. If you feel that you have a support network on the aircraft, you may feel less intimated when travelling. 

Why hypnotherapy is the best phobia treatment? 

Our phobias exist in our subconscious, and we learn the fear responses to them. Therefore, hypnotherapy is particularly effective at treating phobias because it can help you unlearn the fear response, build up your exposure to the phobia and, in time, ease the associated anxiety. Please read our blog to find out how you can use hypnotherapy for phobias.

Why use hypnotherapy for Aerophobia?

Essentially, aerophobia is a conditioned response, which means that every time you encounter your phobia (an aircraft), your behaviour reinforces and strengthens it. However, hypnotherapy for phobias could help you break this cycle as it treats its root cause, which will ensure that it does not resurface later in life. At Focused Hypnosis, your hypnotherapist will use guided relaxation techniques to help you achieve hypnosis, where you will become totally relaxed and usually more susceptible to suggestion. Your hypnotherapist will work with you to disassociate air travel with emotional distress and anxiety and help you deconstruct it so that it becomes more tolerable. Visit our blog to discover how does hypnotherapy work.

Benefits of using hypnotherapy to treat fear of flying

  1. Hypnotherapy sends you into a deeply relaxed state of mind and body, which can have a massive impact on your physical health. It can reduce your nervous system activity, decrease your blood pressure, slow your heart rate, and accelerate your body’s healing process
  2. Hypnotherapy for aerophobia empowers you to take control of your life, as it offers you the tools to deconstruct your fear and think about it more positively so that it becomes more tolerable when you meet it in real life
  3. Unlike many other forms of psychological treatment, hypnotherapy is self-led, as you can control the methods that your hypnotherapist will use, and you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state whenever you want to.
  4. By learning how to control your fear of flying, hypnotherapy offers you independence, which allows you to take charge of your self-management and self-care
  5. Hypnotherapy allows you to directly influence your future, as it delves into your unconscious to treat the root cause of your fear of flying so that it does not re-emerge later in life
  6. Hypnotherapy is all-natural and has little side-effects or complications
  7. Hypnotherapy is cost-effective and a cheaper option for psychological treatment, as it only requires around six sessions. Please read our blog to find out how much does hypnotherapy cost
  8. Hypnotherapy teaches you self-sufficient methods that can be practised and have effects that last for the rest of your life

Potential side effects

When hypnosis is conducted by a trained hypnotherapist, therapist, or health care provider, it is generally considered a safe, complementary, and alternative psychological treatment. However, hypnosis can sometimes cause adverse reactions, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness 
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety or increased stress
  • Creation of false memories

It is important to remember that all medical treatments cause side effects, and these are rare among hypnotherapy patients.

Additionally, hypnosis may not be appropriate for people with serious mental disorders, such as:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Schizophrenia

What happens during a fear of flying hypnotherapy session?

At Focused Hypnosis, your first flying phobia session will begin with your hypnotherapist explaining how hypnotherapy for phobias works. After that, you’ll agree on the methods that your hypnotherapist will use. When tackling phobias, some therapists use exposure therapy, which brings the thing or object that the patient fears into the room. However, many people find this anxiety-inducing, so if you believe that you would not benefit from this form of treatment, we will not use it.

Then, the hypnotherapist may:

  • Use guided relaxation techniques to help you achieve hypnosis;
  • Use your agreed method to achieve your goal. For example, advising that flying is the safest form of travel, so you should not fear it.
  • To conclude the session, your hypnotherapist will gradually bring you out of your trance-like state.

Does hypnotherapy for fear of flying work?

Hypnosis can be an effective, efficient, and accessible form of treatment if you need help tackling aerophobia. However, hypnosis is not the right form of treatment for everyone. For example, if you are not open to hypnosis, you will not achieve a trance-like state. Also, for some serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, hypnosis can have detrimental effects as it can create false memories.

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I found the experience here absolutely wonderful. Richard is very professional and brilliant at what he does. My sessions really helped me get over my fear of performing in public and Richard offered me a discounted rate when he realised I wasn't working. I'm still scared when it's a stage with things plugged in but I'm generally OK with small groups of people now and I would happily do some busking and jam sessions now. I'm still using the recordings from our sessions to continue hypnotherapy at home. I really recommend this place, you won't regret it!

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I found Richard online and was eager to find a professionally qualified hypnotherapist. His website gave me all the information regarding his services and MOST importantly his professional qualifications and affiliations. After my free phone conversation with Richard I attended for an initial consultation where we discussed my needs and problems. I wanted additional confidence in the work place and for my hobby of singing and performing at the Lyceum. I have now finished my last session (of 3) and feel a great improvement. After the 1st session I had an audition and instead of being petrified I sailed through and got the part I wanted. At work I have been able to perform a disciplinary procedure without doubting my ability or authority and I perform better under stressful conditions. I even found the deep relaxation helped a very painful back spasm!! All in all a winner. Richard is thoroughly professional and adapts his technique and mannerisms to match the needs of his patients. If you're a skeptic Hypnotherapy may seem a bit "far out" when compared to traditional science and healthcare but it definitely works and proves that it really is mind over matter.

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WOW.. I'm not sure where to begin.. Richard at Focused Hypnosis has honestly given me a life changing experience. When I initially saw Richard I asked him to help me with x 3 things- insomnia, a habit and the wish for my thoughts to be a reflection of the positivity that a big move to the other end of the country could mean. ..I am now in Cornwall and my journey with Richard was so much more than the above. He also helped me to be more confident in certain social situations and lastly has helped me literally make leaps and bounds in my fear of heights. The latter whereby I would actively avoid ladders, slides, crossing stepping stones across water and would in no way have entertained climbing or coasteering whilst on holiday. Richard seems to have a natural ability to put you at ease. At the same time he demonstrates a real depth of knowledge and passion for his work. I was a little apprehensive about the process of hypnosis but Richards calm, soothing voice and appropriate choice of language allowed me to relax. Everything felt 'heavy'- in a good way and I found the whole process very relaxing. Its difficult to really explain except to say that maybe its that feeling of being somewhere between being awake and asleep- like you're dozing off on the beach! Richard even accommodated my wish to take my fear of heights/ falling into a more practical scenario which I'm sure was invaluable to me. Richard records the sessions for you and there is 'homework' to do- and I like this because it feels like you are an active party in your progress. At the time of writing this I have now moved to the other end of the country with an even more positive and relaxed frame of mind. I now sleep better, can walk into a pub on my own AND I am reflecting on a morning of scrambling and jumping off rocks coasteering around the Cornish Coastline (2 weeks ago I struggled to climb up and down a ladder- there were tears!) If you're having doubts about whether hypnotherapy can help- ring Richard!!! Thank you Richard for all your help and guidance - I wont forget it and I'll keep up the homework! x

Thank you Richard!! I've smoked for the past year and after a few treatments I haven't smoked in 3 weeks. Small steps but can't see me smoking ever again!

I had suffered from panic attacks regularly in the past due to anxiety, it got to a point where I felt like I couldn't cope anymore. I visited Richard for an initial consultation where he gave me some tips on how to cope until our first session and even that was an unbelievable amount of help. I have had only one session with Richard and I feel as if the anxiety has near enough disappeared from my life. I finally feel like my old self again. Highly recommend, such a lovely man and so easy to get along with, felt like I had known him for years.

What a thoroughly friendly, relaxed and professional experience this was! I had never had hypnotherapy before but having heard good things about Focused Hyponosis I booked an appointment with Richard. I had tried other forms of counselling (which were very pricey) but was willing to try something new. After just one session I left feeling more confident, more relaxed and already looking forward to the next session. Richard put me completely at ease and was professional and understanding throughout the session. Open your mind to the possibility of this helping you - it certainly did for me. Highly recommended!

After having tried to loose two stones in weight, with no success, I decided to try hypnotherapy. I found Richard, at Focused Hypnosis, from searching on the internet. I have been amazed at the difference a few sessions has made to me. Not only have a lost 10lbs in a few months but my whole outlook on life is far more positve. The recordings made of the sessions is a very useful tool to take away and replay to help reinforce what you are trying to achieve. I have recently been on two all inclusive holidays and I only put on one pound! By December I aim to loose another 7lbs and I can see that this target is well within my grasp. Getting in touch with Focused Hypnosis has been a turning point in my life.

Liz Davis

So, I'm sat in a bar at the other end of the country- on my OWN, food ordered and Rattlers cider going down nicely. I'll SLEEP well AGAIN tonight and be both RELAXED and at the same time EXCITED about the adventures ahead of me. 2weeks ago I cried at the thought of scaling a ladder; last week I climbed a playground ladder and descended by the slide; TODAY I went scrambling round and jumping off rocks coasteering!! All this I'd say is testament to Richards fantastic work which has helped find more of 'me'. I now say 'I can'!!. Thanks Rich. I'm recommending you to everyone I know! :-D

I found listening to Richard's free Relaxation download extremely relaxing and soothing. I would recommend that anything one who has 30 minutes spare - to listen to it, and allow the stresses and strains of the day drift away. I felt refreshed, chilled and ready to face the rest of the day. I would imagine it would also be really useful for anyone who has problems getting to sleep. Thank you Richard

An amazing experience of hypnotherapy, I cannot recommend enough. I am quite sceptical but this actually works and changed my life, so pleased. Thank you!

I recently went to Richard for hypnotherapy because I was suffering crippling nerves and anxiety when attending job interviews. It was really affecting my ability to secure jobs at the interview stage because, although I was getting the interviews following what must have been good applications, I was not managing to get the jobs. I had three sessions and found them fantastic. In addition, Richard forwards his recording of the sessions afterwards in case anything has been missed whilst under hypnosis, and also giving time to reflect again and reaffirming what he said during the hypnosis. The interview I attended after the last session went well and I secured the job. I can’t say that I wasn’t still very nervous because I was, but I managed to calm myself using the techniques Richard recommended. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard and his hypnotherapy to anyone. If you are experiencing confidence or anxiety issues, I would say just go for it as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I came to focused hypnosis as i'd been suffering with anxiety and was having panic atacks.... I found the actual process of being hypnotised incredibly relaxing and Richard himself was extreptionally supportive and professional...he explained the process very thoroughly and i felt at ease.. Since the process i have seen and felt like the man i wanted to breathing is relaxed,i have a positive focus for the future and, the tools in place to deal with life again.... i cant recommend this process and this company highly enough.. It really is life changing...

*SPEECH THEREPY HYPNOSIS* Richard helped me last year to overcome a BIG fear of mine - delivering a speech at my wedding! I got married in September last year and I knew I wanted to tell a few stories and thank some special people. My determination to do it was there, but my confidence and anxieties about my how I speak and how I might come across, started to make me feel a little overwhelmed. I found Richard Henessy's details online. Just after the first phone call, talking about the techniques and my current situation, I already felt more at ease. At the end of my sessions with Richard, I felt calm and was actually very excited about delivering my speech. Come the big day - I absolutely nailed it and loved every second of speaking. Something I never thought I'd be able to do. Thank you so much Richard! You helped me a great deal, not just for my wedding speech, but being more confident when I speak in general.

I heard about Richard through someone I work with and she couldn’t thank him enough for his help. My nan has always struggled with eating chocolate to the point it’s affecting her health and it’s gone on since childhood so I thought Richard might be able to help her and which he did. It only took 2 sessions with him for her to stop eating chocolate all together, he’s changed her life around we can’t thank Richard enough for helping her and will always be telling everyone about him. You can tell he’s not about the money and he’s genuinely wanting to help people overcome their problems.

Going to see Richard for focused hypnosis was one of the decisions I've made. It has been life changing.

Why I considered hypnosis: I decided to consider hypnosis to find a way to tackle my problems with public speaking, which have caused panic attacks over many years. These episodes have affected my quality of life, causing general stress and anxiety, loss of self-esteem and mental health issues. My health suffered, from loss of sleep, shortness of breath, poor temper, tension and lack of concentration. At times I felt desperate and unhinged, despite knowing deep down the feelings were unfounded and irrational. I buried the problem for too long, choosing to ignore it and hope the problems would not repeat. After lockdown, I felt tension increasing and problems re-surfacing. So I decided I had to do something about it, and contacted Richard at Sheffield Wellness Centre to seek help. The process: I don’t like being the centre of attention, or talk about my feelings, so was originally concerned the setting might be strange or intimidating. However, I found the Centre welcoming and relaxing; a space to be able to open up and be honest. This was essential for the first session, which was to discuss my past problems. During the hypnotherapy sessions, I didn’t know what to expect, so was initially slightly nervous. But I relaxed into it quickly. The set-up was slightly unnatural - speech was slow and deliberate, and I just listened for 50 minutes. But there was nothing worrying about the situation. I felt in control the whole time, and not brainwashed like you might think from seeing hypnosis on TV. The first part of each session helped me relax and study my breathing, relax my body, be ‘present’ and ignore external distractions. Richard used carefully crafted words to promote positivity, which were specific to the problem, but which were also general enough to apply to other situations. Richard was totally understanding my problems, which showed his intuitive nature, bringing years of practice and experience. At some sessions I felt like I drifted into a trance. And on all occasions, I finished the session feeling totally energised and like I had experienced a factory re-boot, feeling completely relaxed, happy and sociable. The recordings have been really helpful. Having them available to me after the session has enabled me to re-enter the feelings I had in the Centre. They have helped me repeat key parts, or sections I missed the first time. By listening back, I have been able to practice and embed the positive messages in my head. The outcome: I met with Richard 4 months ago. We had 4 sessions in total over 3 months. After the 2nd session, I had to make three public speaking presentations at work. I am delighted that these went really well. Although stressed beforehand, I was able to control my nerves and be clear, coherent and engaging, which I hadn’t been able to do previously. I can’t imagine how disastrous and stress-inducing the presentations might have been without hypnotherapy. This positive experience gave me so much confidence and a real mental lift, and showed how powerful and valuable the process had been. I know that I am not miraculously ‘cured’ – I still need to invest regular time and effort to overcome my issues. Although I am very happy with progress, I will continue to work on what I have learned, and go back over the recordings to keep it up. I am really pleased I chose this path to seek a positive improvement in my wellbeing. Life is short; this issue has affected my health throughout my life, and I am glad I chose to confront it before causing more years of harm. I feel this has been an investment in myself. It has taught me to take things slower and make myself more of a priority; to give myself more downtime and space to recuperate. I would recommend this path to anyone else who feels they are in a similar situation. There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Natalie Fahy

Emetophobia - a fear of sickness or illness, It had a name and i never knew, but thanks to Richard it is now a name i don't associate with me and it is all down to the power of hypnosis .One session of just talking then 4 sessions of hypnosis and now i feel able to do things without having bad thoughts. Cannot thank Richard enough. I first saw Richard in March 2015 since then I have travelled abroad 6times(3 more to go ) something I wouldn't have thought possible especially as I travelled by coach, at the age of 65 a world of travel is something I really enjoy and as I have said before it's all down to Richard thanx again

I met Richard at one of my training events and not only is he a nice person and a knowledgable Hypnotherapist, I discovered he is also an expert on web site and web optimisation (SEO Search Engine Optimisation). I wanted to achieve more with my own web site so engaged the services of Richard. He speaks in an easy to understand language (You know what I mean) and he explained what I should do from my "end" and what he would do from his "end". Richard then did what he does and I have the result I wanted and he made it easy. If you wish to improve your site ranking in web searches then engage Richard, reasonable pricing and great value for money.Thanks Richard, all the best. John Dewar @ John Dewar's School of Hypnotherapy.

The hypnosis completely turned around my mindset in just one hour - I couldn’t believe how effective it was! I had got very panicky about my driving test and when I broke down in a lesson a couple of weeks before my test, decided to get some help. Richard instilled me with confidence and I left feeling amazing, drove great and went to the test calm and prepared :) He put so much energy into his voice and used how I already think to tailor the session to me. Thanks Richard for helping me pass my test!

I’ve had four sessions of hypnosis, which was prompted by a new job, anxiety and feelings of imposter syndrome. I found Richard to be enthusiastic and able to explain hypnosis and the mind in an accessible way, and I feel like I learned a lot. The sessions themselves were peaceful and relaxing, with recordings provided to listen in between and afterwards. I’ve noticed big improvements in my general levels of anxiety, my sleep pattern, and confidence, which is amazing. I also felt like the decision to continue and/or stop sessions was completely up to me, there was never a feeling of pressure to do either which was great.

I got in contact with Richard because I was struggling with confidence and anxiety around my placement as a student paramedic. I had previously been having CBT sessions, which were okay but not impactful enough for me. Whilst having an occupational health check, I was encouraged to try hypnosis, and a Google search later, I came across Richard. I was a little dubious at first, because I thought that I would not be able to go into trance and that it wouldn't work for me. But Richard had no doubt about the former. He talked me through all my questions and concerns and reassured me that if it wasn't for me, I would get my money back. He also highlighted to me that hypnosis is not a magic wand, it doesn't solve the problem for you; it gives you the tools to help you help yourself. Listening to Richard is like being immersed in honey; his words and the way he speaks makes you feel safe and calm. Being in a trance is like that period before you fall asleep. And it was so easy to get there. I was aware of everything at the time, but now I look back on it, I wouldn't remember the things that Richard was saying to me. If I wanted to move, I could have done, but I was so relaxed that I didn't even want to move my hand to scratch my nose. After every trance, I awoke feeling absolutely amazing and so good about myself. I don't feel like hypnosis particularly helped me when I think about it. However, it must have done, because I have since become a qualified paramedic. My mentor said that the change in my behaviour and confidence was profound. Maybe my conscious mind is unaware of the changes in my subconscious and that's why I don't feel different? I don't know how this stuff works, but I suppose it did! So, thank you Richard, you've helped me open the door to my brand new career. The only reason why Richard doesn't get 5 stars is because he forgot about one of our appointments and turned up 15minutes late, and I wasn't emailed a copy of our second recording session and was therefore unable to listen to it in my free time.

Richard was very helpful in helping me understand what may be causing my recurrent nightmares. Even after the initial consultation on the phone and then in person just by talking about the issue and having his input I felt I could control them more effectively. The hypnotherapy was something that I hadn't tried before and I found relaxing and interesting. It has been helpful to go back over the recordings of the sessions again. Richard also had some very sensible suggestions for improving my work life balance and skills / tips to decrease the things that cause me stress to do with my work. Thank you very much Richard.

Richard has helped me manage stress, which has in turned helped manage my migraine condition. I'm now medication free and migraine free.

I found Richard to be very professional and friendly. He helped my feelings of anxiety in just a few meetings. It really made a difference in my life. Many Thanks

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My problem was weight loss and not having the motivation to do anything about it. I contacted Richard Hennessy and after one chat and one hypnosis session I was on my way. The actual hypnosis was nothing like I imagined. I thought I would go into a trance like in the movies!! I was totally aware of everything the whole time and at the end felt completely relaxed. Before hypnosis I would eat because it was meal time regardless of whether I was hungry, but after, I only eat when I am hungry and I can leave food on my plate instead of clearing it - a flashback to childhood days when you couldn't leave the table until your plate was clear. I had one more recording from Richard, because I couldn't get to another appointment, and don't feel I need anymore. If I feel as if I am slipping back into old ways I listen to the recording and feel fine again. Richard provides a recording of all sessions to take away with you so its not like he is pressuring you to going back again and again. I would fully recommend him to anyone. Thankyou Richard!!

Liam Pond

Anyone who suffers with anxiety or panic attacks I would really recommend you go for a session or two! Completely changed my life

Fay James

During lockdown (Covid 19) I barely used my car. When restrictions were eased I travelled to see friends using the motorway which had suddenly become a very frightening, stressful place for me. Everything seemed so busy with lorries thundering past and I had a complete panic attack whilst on there. I really thought I would never be able to travel on there ever again which limited travel for holidays and social events. I spoke with Richard at length both on the telephone initially and then face to face at the first consultation. He listened carefully to everything I said and was so reassuring. At the first session I was a bit nervous but he soon relaxed me and I listened to his voice, unaware that I was actually in a trance - it didn't feel like I had lost control or anything - it was just like listening to music and relaxing. During the following session he made things personal to me and had clearly spent a lot of time tailoring the session. He gave me useful techniques to practice in between sessions and then it was time to put it all into practice. I did it!! I went on the motorway for one junction and back again. I was calm and in control. I then progressed over a few days to travelling further and overtaking the lorries I had been so freaked about before. I was absolutely buzzing and I cried with relief as I can now get on with my life and visit friends. Richard has taught me how to iron out the daily stressed of my life as well as the issues I was having on the motorway. He has changed my life and I can't thank him enough for it. I went into hypnotherapy with an open mind and I came out a calmer, happier person.

After suffering a very severe recurrence of hives (urticaria) which medication wasn’t controlling, I sought Richard’s help to manage my condition. I’ve had one consultation and four hypnosis sessions. The hypnosis, for me, was very deeply relaxing and that has helped me to let go of anxieties I didn’t even realise I was holding on to. Richard has also taught me techniques to re-focus my thoughts and see things from a different perspective. The hives are now significantly reduced and I can now sleep through the night without being constantly woken up with itching, burning skin. I have also managed to halve my medication and I am continuing to gradually reduce this. I returned to Focused Hypnosis for a second time, after struggling with pre-exam nerves in which I hit the 'panic button' and went into overdrive. Through hypnosis, Richard helped me to re-frame my anxieties & provided me with some useful 'tools' to help me manage my nerves. On the day, I was still a bit nervous but not paralysed with fear. I actually found I quite enjoyed both the assessment & receiving the feedback afterwards & I'm pleased to say I passed. For me, hypnosis is a very gentle & deeply relaxing experience in which you learn to tap into your own resources to regain the 'control' you have within yourself & I would highly recommend it.

I saw Richard during the course of four sessions to help me get my weight under control without going on some magic diet. Richard is a lovely, friendly, and knowledgeable person, who made me feel at ease from the word go. The sessions where highly enjoyable and allowed me to explore the inner knowledge and strength that I already possessed but wasn't aware of, by being nudged in the right direction. I immediately saw a change in my eating habits which have resulted steady loss of around 1 kg per week (16 kg in total so far) without much change in what I eat. Through the sessions, I have learn to regain control of my eating and to allow myself to enjoy food again. If you are serious about losing weight and need someone who you can trust to help you, I can HIGHLY recommend hypnotherapy with Richard! Many thanks :)

First off this place is amazing, I went without knowing what I was getting into but Richard is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I went here for hypnosis sessions due to my anxiety and left with a renewed mindset and tips to help me deal with my problem day to day. For those questioning wether you should go, don't hesitate. Richard knew more about my problem than I did and made me feel incredibly comfortable. Would definitely recommend!

I sought help from Richard with regard to anxiety and depression. I was looking for help to clear the 'chatter' in my mind so that I can more easily focus and make progress towards goals that are important to me. I found the deep mindfulness I gained from the sessions helped to clear my mind and give me tools that I can use in everyday situations. I am more able to calm myself for work presentations and better focus on what is needed for my family. I feel like I have tapped into the core of who I am and can now channel my inner energy for postive outcomes for me. The recordings of the sessions were great in helping me continue my practice after my sessions with Richard and his nuturing and assertive style made me feel very comfortable and at ease.

I am living a super happy life with Richard's professional and friendly help. I came to Richard when I was confusing about the meaning of life and happiness after some awful things happened. Then I felt I was hurt deeply and I couldn't make it through and I wanted to remove the unpleasant memories using hypnosis. Richard told me that it's impossible to remove the memories but he's able to help me with changing the attitude towards those memories. It really make sense to me and bring the tough me back again. The process of being hypnotized is a sweet dream that can relax me deeply and help me to think about life. Hypnosis is a sweet dream that can impact positively on my life. I do enjoy my sessions with Richard and hope people need help can sort their difficulties out. Please ignore my bad grammar and wrong usage of words and catch my sincere recommendation.

I found the experience here absolutely wonderful. Richard is very professional and brilliant at what he does. My sessions really helped me get over my fear of performing in public and Richard offered me a discounted rate when he realised I wasn't working. I'm still scared when it's a stage with things plugged in but I'm generally OK with small groups of people now and I would happily do some busking and jam sessions now. I'm still using the recordings from our sessions to continue hypnotherapy at home. I really recommend this place, you won't regret it!

I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him. We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my unique requirements. The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want! Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does. I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I've flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn't have been able to do this before seeing Richard. Thank you so much Richard!

Richard may have saved my life! I was smoking 60 cigarettes a day and had no other way to quit. There was not a single thing I wanted to do without smoking and not a single emotion that I didn't associate with smoking. Richard sat with me and talked about all the triggers and issues that I felt, he spent a long time before the session started. Then in the session he made me feel relaxed about everything and confident that we were going to beat the habit. When I came out of the the session, I didn't smoke, and I haven't for over 7 months now. I had tried everything else previously, and he is the only person who has made me feel truly like a non smoker. I hang out with smokers, I go to smokey venues, and I just don't need it myself. He is truly a miracle worker and I am so impressed and grateful for what he did. Thank you Richard, please keep changing people's lives for the better.

Richard was very professional and kind in offering his advice and support for my situation. He is the type of person who would go the extra mile for you. I would recommend his services to anyone.

The Rooms are so cosy and welcoming. A great place to meet clients

Brilliant I didn't know what to expect but from the minute I meet Richard I felt at ease.Iwanted help with diet issues I'd been dieting most of my life and I'd had enough of not eating proper food ,counting points felling fed up tierd hungry not even wanting to have food as I'd lost intrest it was boring to me.But not anymore after 4sessions with Richard Ive opened up a new chapter in my life no more points being normal in what I eat were and when it's a great feeling anyone struggling with their diet should try this , Richard makes you feel at ease comfortable and the best bit he dosnt judge you he helps Ive noticed a big difference in myself I'm happy enjoying my life without constantly thinking of my diet Ive really enjoyed my session so a big big Thankyou richard.