Is it possible to beat a fear of flying?

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It is estimated that around 10 million people in the UK have a phobia and a fifth of the population suffers from a fear of flying, and 10 percent of us won't fly at all. These people may KNOW that flying is the safest form of transport but this knowledge doesn't make the slightest bit of difference.

For most people they have never had anything ever happen on a flight and the vast majority of these people don't even know anyone who has ever had any problems of any significance on a flight but it just doesn't help to calm those nervous thoughts about taking to the skies.

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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! xread more
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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!read more
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Hypnotherapy could be a solution for your fear of flying

Hypnotherapy could give you all the tools you need to enjoy flying. I have treated clients at my hypnotherapy practice in Sheffield to help them to stop being afraid of flying. Some of these clients have noticed a reduction in symptoms which has made the journey by air much more manageable while others have noticed a significant reduction in their fear and worry regarding flying.

People tend to get stuck in thought patterns. They may know that flying is very safe but they just can't shift that fear that something might happen. This apprehension grows and develops into nerves then fear and then panic! The flight hasn't changed in any way.

The chances of there being an accident of some kind have not increased in the slightest but the perceived risk of flying has grown exponentially. Hypnotherapy helps by stopping this downward spiral of thoughts and fears.

Change how you think - Change how you feel

By employing breathing techniques, changing thought patterns and associations through neuro linguistic programming and by the use of metaphors and by giving suggestions while in trance many people can notice a marked improvement in their perceptions about flying.

I saw a client last week for this very issue and in just 10 minutes his thought patterns regarding flying had improved. Before the treatment started he gauged his fear at 9 or 10 out of 10. After using 1 NLP technique and just 10 minutes of his time that perception of fear had reduced to 3 out of 10.

Just because you have always thought one way doesn't mean you have to continue thinking that same thing.