Hypnotherapy for driving anxiety – Regain driving confidence fast

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Driving anxiety can really hold you back.

It stops you from being spontaneous and just getting in your car and driving.  It’s inconvenient.

It’s so time-consuming. You either need to find alternative travel or use the back roads.  It’s annoying.

It knocks your confidence and you start to believe that things will never get better.  It’s demoralising.

It makes you feel inadequate and you worry about being judged by others. It’s frustrating.

It stops you from applying for new working opportunities outside your local area.  It’s restrictive.

You have to make up excuses as to why you can’t give friends or colleagues lifts. It’s embarassing.

No one should have to live with driving anxiety. You deserve the freedom and feeling that being a confident driver brings.

Here’s what being a confident driver may look like for you

Enjoying impromptu trips with colleagues, family or friends. 

Visiting new places without the restrcition public transport brings.

Driving your family to days out without having to plan the route.

Feeling calm, relaxed and at peace no matter what route you drive.

Driving along the motorway to start your new job.

No longer relying on others, having a sense of independence. 

Hypnotherapy for driving anxiety – Contents

How common is driving anxiety?

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.

A survey conducted by the AA revealed that as many as 1 in 7 drivers had some anxiety related to driving.

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

What is hypnotherapy for driving anxiety?

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Hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that uses the natural state of hypnosis to bring about positive changes.

As it works directly with the subconscious mind its results are very fast and effective. Your driving anxiety is located in your subconscious mind, that’s why you can’t consciously control it.

 

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.

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Hypnosis is a great problem-solving state that we naturally go into many times during our day.

I can 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 fear of driving.

What is driving anxiety?

Like many types of anxiety, crafting a specific definition for driving anxiety is quite difficult as it affects different people in different ways. For some people, their fear may stop them from driving altogether. For others, it may mean they can drive but are constantly worried about what effect their driving is having on others.

Some may feel fine driving on familiar roads but don’t feel comfortable driving on major roads or motorways.

In a broad sense driving anxiety could be described as an excessive worry about driving or being a passenger in a vehicle.

Do I have driving anxiety or a driving phobia?

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Driving anxiety is an umbrella term that refers to any type of anxiety that is a direct result of driving. This can include a phobia.

A phobia typically arises from a specific triggering event and results in an intense reaction to it.

Driving anxiety itself tends to build up gradually over time and can lead to general feelings of unease. The symptoms tend to be less severe than that of a phobia.

What is a phobia?

A phobia can be thought of as a distinct type of driving anxiety. It tends to happen as the result of a specific triggering incident. A phobia can be described as an extreme, irrational, overwhelming, or debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, or feeling.

How do I know if I have a driving phobia?

Determining if you have a phobia can sometimes be unclear, as often people don’t think their fear is severe enough to qualify as a phobia. Rather than trying to associate it with extreme terror, it’s often more useful to think of a phobia as an irrational fear.

One way to gauge whether your fear aligns with a phobia is by comparing your feelings to those of your family and friends. If they don’t share the same level of apprehension towards driving, it may suggest that your fear is irrational.

However, the label of having a phobia isn’t important. What truly matters is whether your fear impedes your ability to live the life you want. Thankfully whatever type of driving anxiety you have hypnotherapy for driving anxiety can enable you to get in a car and drive with confidence.

Why has my driving phobia developed?

Perhaps you were involved in an accident as either a driver or passenger or had a panic attack while you were driving. Every time you feel anxious when driving you are confirming to your brain that driving causes you anxiety and so your phobia strengthens.

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A panic attack often occurs due to the cumulative build-up of stress. If you are already an unconfident or anxious driver, you are more likely to experience a panic attack while driving compared to those who are not.

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A panic attack could have occurred at any point during your day, but because it happened while you were driving, your brain links the two events. This association can lead to the development of a phobia.

Panic attacks feel more intense and frightening when driving because there appears to be no escape, so you are unable to fulfill your natural reaction to flee. You must also try to maintain control of your vehicle to avoid causing an accident, which can heighten the fear.

 

My driving anxiety is stopping me from living my life, why can’t I control it?

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When your driving anxiety is stopping you from doing the things you’d like to, it can be hard to imagine that your brain is actually trying to help.

As illogical as it may seem your brain is doing its best to try and protect you. It has viewed driving as a threat and so is now doing all it can to keep you safe from it by activating your fight/flight/freeze response.

 

Will my fear of driving go away on its own?

Unfortunately, if your fear of driving is severe it’s unlikely to disappear on its own accord. Your driving anxiety is serving a purpose. However, this doesn’t mean you have to live with it permanently. Hypnotherapy for driving anxiety is an extremely effective way to help you overcome your fear.

 

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How effective is hypnotherapy for driving anxiety?

Using hypnotherapy for driving anxiety is an extremely fast and effective way of helping you to overcome any driving anxiety that you may have. Your driving anxiety is located within your subconscious mind, which means that you have no control over it and you can’t reason with it.

Your subconscious mind always has a positive intention but its outcome isn’t always positive. It’s trying to keep you safe but in doing so it means that you can’t live the life you want.

By using hypnosis it’s possible to influence your subconscious mind so that it no longer believes that it needs to keep you safe from driving. Using hypnosis means that you are able to drive with confidence and not be held back by self-limiting beliefs.

Getting you from where you are now to being a confident driver is simple. Here’s how we achieve it

#01 Consultation

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

#02 Change

We meet either online or face-to-face and use a variety of techniques to get you feeling back 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.

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Driving anxiety success stories!

It’s important to remember that your driving anxiety is located in your subconscious mind. Most techniques to try and build up your confidence such as positive self-talk or taking more driving lessons usually fail because these try to affect change in your intellectual, conscious mind.

Your driving anxiety isn’t there. If it was then they would work and you wouldn’t be here now!

Hypnotherapy and NLP enable your subconscious mind to be positively influenced so that it no longer views driving as a threat. By combining these therapies I enable my clients to achieve a complete mindset shift. I’ve shared some of their amazing success stories below.

 

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Get to live the life you want!

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Are you thinking “hypnotherapy won’t work for me?” – Most of these clients initially thought that too, now they’re living life free from their problem!

How will your life be different without driving anxiety holding you back?

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When you’re ready please reach out as I’d love to help you overcome your fear of driving.

I’m Ian a qualified hypnotherapist and a member of several awarding bodies which means I have to adhere to strict codes of conduct. You can be sure your wellness 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 and go above and beyond, all the reviews I’ve received are 5*.

 

Professional Accreditations.

Anxiety UK Approved Therapist
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I’m just a down-to-earth person who will pull out all the stops to get my client results.

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How can we work together?

Hypnotherapy is equally effective whether it’s online via Zoom or face-to-face. Using an online approach means that I can use hypnotherapy alongside other techniques to enable you to overcome your driving anxiety no matter your location.

However, if you live within travelling distance of Fairfield, Hitchin, Hertfordshire you also have the option to come to my therapy room for face-to-face sessions.

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Based on the results I get 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

Driving anxiety doesn’t have to ruin your life. There’s a simple solution available to you now!

If you would like to find out more about how together we can use NLP and hypnotherapy to enable you to drive with confidence, then please feel free to call me on 07855 759533.

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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