Aeroplane with people boarding - fear of flying

Fear of Flying

Hypnotherapy to overcome Aerophobia

The world is now more accessible than it has ever been, with flights now travelling to even the most remote parts of the earth. Long gone are the days where a holiday involved a 10-hour drive down to the coast. But for an individual with fear or flying (aerophobia), even the thought of booking a holiday can be debilitating. Hypnotherapy alongside a range of NLP techniques can help to overcome this fear for good.

How can hypnotherapy help you get over your fear of flying?

Hypnotherapy utilises relaxation and the imagination to communicate with the unconscious mind (the part that houses thoughts, feelings and behaviours). As the human brain can not tell the difference between something that has happened and something that has been vividly imagined, a fear/phobia can be overcome without ever having to be put into a situation that causes anxiety.

When an individual is put in a situation with the stimulus that causes the phobia, they will react with the fight/flight response and try and get away as soon as possible. However, if the individual were to wait then their anxiety would peak and then become to come back down. As the anxiety comes back down, the individual realises that the stimulus that causes the phobic response isn’t as bad as they believed. Utilising hypnotherapy, the individual can face situations in their mind (in the safety or the therapy room) allowing the anxiety to pass and reprogramming the unconscious to feel calm instead.

How are the fear of flying sessions planned out?

Session one: Getting to know you, taking a detailed history, creating a scale of anxiety evoking responses in relation to your phobia (Known as a SUD scale)

Session two: Working through the created SUD scale from session one utilising hypnosis to help reprogram the unconscious mind to respond with calm in each situation.

Session three: See what success has come about after the first two sessions, continue the SUD scale if necessary, teach you techniques to bring back calm whenever it is needed


Conducted the day before the flight in back to back sessions:

I just wanted to let you know that yesterday was incredible! I wouldn’t have believed how calm I was compared to usual – to the point that I helped another fearful flyer across the aisle by talking to her all through the landing, whereas I would normally be clinging on to my husband and son’s hands. Can’t thank you enough. Ashleigh