Hypnotherapy for driving anxiety – Regain driving confidence fast

by | Feb 24, 2022 | Anxiety Relief

You just want to enjoy the FREEDOM that being able to drive anywhere brings. I understand.

If you have developed a fear of driving then you are certainly not alone. Our roads are becoming busier and other drivers seem to be less patient and forgiving of others. This amongst a host of other reasons can lead an already anxious driver to become fearful of getting behind the wheel.

Thankfully hypnotherapy for driving anxiety is really effective in enabling you to overcome fear and drive anywhere with confidence.

Perhaps you were a confident driver and your current anxiety is related to a specific driving incident, such as a major accident. This trigger event will mean you will be experiencing an emotional reaction, with even the thought of driving leaving you in a state of panic. In this instance, you have developed a driving phobia.

Hypnotherapy for fear of driving – How has my driving phobia developed?

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A phobia can be described as an extreme, overwhelming, or debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, or feeling. When we experience a phobia, it can trigger an overwhelming physical and emotional response instantly engaging our fight/flight response.

In simple terms, phobias are our brains’ way of trying to protect us. If you have for instance been involved in or witnessed an accident, then your brain may register this as a threat. If your brain has perceived the situation as something to be feared, then a little disaster movie has been lodged in a part of your brain responsible for memory.

In an attempt to stop you from encountering the situation again, your brain will activate its fight/flight response. An overproduction of stress hormones will mean that you may experience several symptoms including; a churning stomach, flushed skin and an increase in your heart and breathing rate. This alongside your accompanying thoughts can leave you feeling panicked.


Hypnotherapy can help you to overcome your fear so you can drive with CONFIDENCE!

Driving anxiety hypnotherapy – Why am I anxious when driving?

It may well be that you don’t have a fear response to driving, but you just don’t feel confident behind the wheel.

It’s very common for people that I’ve worked with to have been able to drive along familiar roads. Their general lack of confidence behind the wheel, however, prevented them from driving on busier roads and exploring different routes.

They wanted to be able to be sporadic, but their fears and lack of confidence were keeping them from doing so.

Perhaps you too are finding your anxiety around driving restrictive. Is it stopping you from visiting friends or relatives in different parts of the country? Is it stopping you from applying for jobs further away or are you frustrated that you have to rely on your partner to drive?

Maybe you find that driving just isn’t a pleasurable experience. Even if you are driving a familiar route, you don’t have the confidence to drive quickly and keep up with traffic. You then worry about the impact this is having on other drivers.

So instead of having feelings of relaxation, you find that you are constantly on alert trying to second guess what other drivers are going to do.

You can become a calm driver in 3 easy steps

#01 Discover

You’ll learn and fully understand why you’ve been suffering with driving anxiety and be given the tools necessary to overcome it.

#02 Change

We meet every week over a 6 week period and use variety of methods and techniques to enable you to feel in control.

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#03 Success

No more driving anxiety. You’ve completely changed your way of thinking enabling you to be a calm, confident driver.

Details of calm drive hypnotherapy package to help overcome driving anxiety

Using driving anxiety hypnosis and NLP techniques you can overcome your fear of driving just like others have!

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A testimonal from a client who I helped to over come driving anxiety by using hypnotherapy
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Why have I created driving anxiety?

There can be several different reasons why driving is now causing you to be anxious which will be very individual to you. Usually, it will be related to negative driving experiences that you’ve had. It need not be related to one major event, but it can be a series of more minor events. Stalling at traffic lights, being honked at from behind and then being in a panic and not being able to start the car, or you might have been involved in a near miss, or been panicked when a lorry overtook you and got too close.

The culmination of these events has meant that you have a gloomy perception of driving, so your thoughts around it are always negative. It’s not driving that is causing your anxiety but the negative thoughts that you associate with it.

You can create anxiety as a one-off response to a life-threatening situation although it’s more common for it to build up over time. When this happens we tend to spend more time thinking from the primitive part of our brain, which thinks with emotion rather than logic.

The primitive brain – Your security guard

a child dressing up as a security guard

The primitive part of your brain is very negative and obsessional. It will always see things from the worst possible perspective. It’s essentially looking out to protect you so views driving as a threat.

Our primitive brain very often gets things wrong though. It is said to have the emotional intelligence of a 4 to 5-year-old child. If you begin to think about driving negatively, then it will start to enter your subconscious mind more often. This results in your primitive brain increasing it’s perception that driving is a threat.

In its misguided attempt to keep you SAFE your primitive brain will see driving as a THREAT.

How can hypnotherapy for driving anxiety stop these anxious thoughts?

man holding a stop sign representing using hypnotherapy for driving anxiety to stop negative thoughts

Solution focused hypnotherapy uses a combination of talking therapy and hypnosis. This combination is an extremely effective way of enabling you to achieve freedom from your driving anxiety. It is very outcome-focused. There is no need for you to visit your past and try to analyse when or why your driving anxiety started.

Our talk is focused on how you want to feel, think and act in the FUTURE!

You may find that other aspects of your life are contributing factors to your driving anxiety. All negative thoughts will create anxiety and will contribute to you thinking from the primitive, emotional part of your brain as opposed to the intelligent, logical part.

Solution focused hypnotherapy is included in the CALM DRIVE HYPNOTHERAPY package as it will enable you to think from the intellectual part of your brain. This part knows that you have the confidence and ability to drive on any type of road in any condition.

The INTELLECTUAL part of your brain is under no illusion that driving is a part of your life that can bring BENEFIT and enjoyment.

In addition to driving hypnotherapy what other methods can help?

As well as driving hypnotherapy your CALM DRIVE HYPNOTHERAPY package includes several Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques.

Your brain predicts how you will feel in any given situation based on experiences from the past. If, for example, you feel anxious when driving on motorways then each time you do you’ll be adding to the ‘driving on motorways is dangerous’ file stored in your brain.

It then becomes a vicious circle, each drive where you feel on edge will be adding evidence to the file in your brain, making the likelihood of you driving with confidence further and further away. At some point many people just stop driving on major roads all together as their anxiety gets too much to cope with.

NLP enables us to quickly and effectively change the make up of the memories. In effect we corrupt the files. As the memories are corrupted, there is no longer any evidence that you are a nervous driver and you no longer create anxiety in the same situation.


Through using driving anxiety hypnotherapy and NLP you too can experience the joy of feeling free from your anxious thoughts.

Can hypnosis work for driving anxiety?

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Hypnosis is an effective way of helping people to overcome any driving-related anxiety. During hypnosis, our brain waves alter. When we are awake and especially if we are anxious our beta waves are predominant. However, when we experience relaxation during trance this activity lessens. Our theta waves become more influential which enables us to visualise and then come up with solutions to our problems.

During your solution focused hypnotherapy sessions, you will be talking about how you would think, feel and act when you are a confident driver. By going into a state of trance directly after this, you allow your brain to work out how it is going to make this future a reality.

What is hypnosis for driving anxiety?

You will probably have heard of both the terms hypnosis and trance. They can be thought of as being interchangeable, as they both describe a time when you experience a shift in your conscious awareness. It’s often described as being in a daydream.

You may recall a time when you’ve been in a conversation and tried to remember the name of something. No matter how hard you try when you are consciously thinking about it you can’t recall the name. It’s only later when you are daydreaming that the name pops into your head.

During the daydreaming state, your conscious and subconscious minds have worked together to give you the answer you were looking for. Hypnosis is a great problem-solving state that we naturally go into many times during our day.

It’s also possible for me to guide you into this relaxed daydream-like state. During this time your subconscious mind is receptive to new ideas and open to trying new ways to help you overcome your driving anxiety.

Why I believe I’m the right person to use driving anxiety hypnosis to help you overcome your fear.

I have spent my working life helping people to reach their potential. I get enormous satisfaction from helping people to change and become the best version of themselves.

I am a qualified hypnotherapist and a member of a number of awarding bodies which means I have to adhere to strict codes of conduct and continue to develop myself professionally. You can be sure your mental health is in a safe empathetic pair of hands.

I am one of the most highly reviewed hypnotherapists in the UK because I get results for my clients.

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How can we work together?

We can work together by Zoom, so no matter where you are located I’ll be able to help you overcome your driving anxiety. If however, you prefer to work face to face you can visit my clinic in Fairfield, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of online hypnotherapy, please use this link.

Based on the RESULTS I achieve for my clients and the standard of my work I have won several nationally recognised awards.

Hypnotherapy Practise of the Year Winner
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Best Hypnotherapy in Stevenage

How do I find out more about using NLP and hypnotherapy for driving anxiety?

If you would like to find out more about how together we can use NLP and driving hypnotherapy to enable you to drive with confidence, then please get in touch using this link. If you are ready to book an initial consultation please use the button below.


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Author: Ian Murton HPD DSFH AfSFH Reg NCH Reg CNHC Reg is an award-winning Solution Focused Hypnotherapist running sessions via Zoom from his home on the Bedfordshire/ Hertfordshire border

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