You just want to be able to book a flight and feel EXCITED and not fearful. I understand.

If you have developed a fear of flying, then you are certainly not alone. A recent article estimated that between 33% to 40% of people have some anxiety linked to flying. Hypnotherapy for fear of flying is a very effective technique to help relieve the stress associated with flying leaving you free to explore the world.

Perhaps you were a seasoned traveler and your fear of flying is related to a specific event. It might be that you experienced bad turbulence on a flight, or were a passenger on a plane that had a difficult landing. These triggers may now mean that you are experiencing flight anxiety each time you think about being on an airplane.

In this instance, you have developed a flying phobia (aerophobia). Using coping strategies and relaxation techniques on their own are unlikely to be able to take away the feeling that you’re not in control, thankfully using hypnotherapy for fear of flying can.


Fear of flying hypnotherapy – How has my flying 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/ mode.

In simple terms, phobias are our brains’ way of trying to protect us. If you have for instance experienced severe turbulence then your brain may register flying as a threat. If your brain has perceived the situation to be fearful, then a little disaster movie has been lodged in a part of your subconscious 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.

Thankfully it is possible to use fear of flying hypnotherapy to safely and quickly remove this irrational fear so you can feel relaxed whilst in the air.

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Hypnotherapy for fear of flying – Why am I an anxious passenger?

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It may well be that you don’t have a fear response to flying, in other words, you can board an airplane, but you just don’t feel comfortable for the duration of the flight.

It’s quite common for people that I’ve helped to have been able to bear flying short or familiar routes, but they have panicked at the thought of being in the air for an extended period. When they did reach their destination, especially if it was a short trip, they felt they couldn’t fully relax, as they knew that quite soon they would need to make the journey home. This negatively affected the enjoyment of their holiday.

Their general feelings of unease and a lack of confidence, however, stopped them from exploring new destinations more than a few hours away from them by air. They wanted to be able to fly long haul but they just couldn’t imagine being able to feel the way they did for hours on end.

Perhaps you too are finding that your flying fear is restrictive. Is it stopping you from visiting friends and relatives in different parts of the world? Is it stopping your family from booking holidays in far-flung destinations?

Maybe you find that flying isn’t a pleasurable experience and so it’s stopping you from booking numerous flights throughout the year. You just want to be able to enjoy the experience of booking a family holiday knowing that you don’t need to feel dread building up inside you as your departure date approaches.

Why have I created a fear of flying?

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There can be several different reasons why flying is now causing you to be anxious which will be very individual to you. Usually, it will be related to negative experiences that you have had.

Perhaps your parents were anxious flyers and you have subconsciously learned that flying is to be feared. One client I worked with told me how as a child she and her mum would take a separate flight to her dad and brother in case there was a crash.

Another client’s fear of flying was not directly linked to flying itself. She recalled seeing armed Police at an airport and this unusual event was enough to signal to her brain that flying was dangerous.

Possibly you watched a disaster movie that involved a plane crash and now your subconscious brain has registered flying as something life-threatening.

Maybe a culmination of more minor events has meant that you have a gloomy perception of flying, so your thoughts around it are always negative. It’s not the flight 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. Thankfully we can use hypnotherapy for fear of flying to remove your fear response no matter its origins.

The primitive brain – Your security guard

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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.

Our primitive brain very often gets things wrong though. It is said to have the emotional intelligence and rationale of a 4 to 5-year-old child. If you begin to think about flying negatively, then it will start to enter your thought processes more often.

Your primitive brain can then register flying as a threat. In its misguided attempt to keep you safe, the thought or act of flying can now be the focus of your anxiety.

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

How can hypnotherapy for flying stop these anxious thoughts?

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Hypnotherapy for fear of flying is a very effective treatment that enables people to overcome their fears by enabling them to access their subconscious mind.

The effects are increased when used alongside other forms of therapy which is why my CALM FLY HYPNOTHERAPY package uses hypnotherapy for fear of flying alongside several different therapeutic approaches.

Using several different approaches enables you to remove old memories, replace them with pleasant ones and allows you to think from the logical intellectual part of your brain which knows that flying is the safest form of travel.

What is fear of flying hypnosis?

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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 fear of flying.

How does hypnosis for fear of flying work?

Flying fear hypnosis is an effective way of helping people to overcome any flying-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 session, you will be talking about how you would think, feel and act when you are a confident flyer. 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. Hypnosis for flying phobia really is a natural, safe and effective way of changing your mindset and enabling you to be a relaxed, confident flyer.

You can remove your fears and become a calm flyer in 3 easy steps

#01 Discover

You learn what’s happening to make you feel the way you do and how hypnotherapy works to change your mindset.

#02 Change

We meet for 3 sessions and work through a variety of methods and techniques either online or face to face.

#03 Success

Relaxation achieved! You’ve completely changed your way of thinking and have become a calm, confident flyer.

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You too can feel RELAXED when you’re waiting for your flight!

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How I helped Dee overcome her flying phobia

In addition to fear of flying hypnotherapy what other methods can help?

As well as fear of flying hypnotherapy your CALM FLY 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. Each time you feel anxious when you fly, you’ll be adding to the ‘flying is dangerous’ file stored in your brain.

It then becomes a vicious circle, each time you feel on edge you’ll be adding evidence to the file in your brain, making the likelihood of you being a relaxed flier further and further away. At some point, many people just stop flying altogether as their anxiety gets too much to cope with.

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


Why I believe I’m the right person to use hypnosis for flying phobia to help change your mind set.

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 flying 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 hypnosis for flying?

If you would like to find out more about how together we can use hypnosis for fear of flying to enable you to fly with confidence, then please get in touch using this link, or if you are ready to book an initial consultation please use the button below.

I look forward to helping you fly with ease!

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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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