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Clinical Hypnotherapy For Aerophobia

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Despite hypnosis and hypnotherapy being hundreds of years old. It’s still incredibly misunderstood. Often confused with stage hypnosis, many feel that it involves surrendering control in some form and nothing could be further from the truth.

Hypnosis is a safe, delightful and natural phenomenon that the average person is guaranteed to experience daily. If you have ever been in a deep daydream, forgotten that you’ve been driving on a long road, or got lost in a really great movie. That’s a form of hypnosis, more commonly referred to as a trance.

It may feel at the moment that most of you wants to feel safe on a plane, but that another “part” is stopping you from achieving that. We simply use trance to speak to that “other part” so that all of you can safely move forward in the right direction to flying free.

The only two fears that humans are born with are the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. What this tells us is that all cases of the fear of flying is always one that is learned. Therefore together we can help you “unlearn” this fear using our safe and painless method.

How Can Hypnosis Help You Break Your Phobia?

In the context of a flying phobia, hypnotherapy works by helping individuals reframe their thoughts and attitudes towards flying. It targets the subconscious mind, which is where the fear of flying is deeply ingrained. Hypnotherapy can help individuals overcome the psychological and emotional feelings of flying by altering the subconscious thoughts that trigger the fear in the first place.

During a hypnotherapy session for phobia cessation, the therapist will guide the individual into a state of deep relaxation, often through breathing exercises or visualization techniques. Once the individual is in a trance-like state, the therapist will provide suggestions that are tailored to the individual’s specific needs and fears. This is done with the clients safety first. The experience is always relaxing and never triggers emotional states.

For example, the therapist might suggest that is no longer appealing to the individual and that they feel a natural aversion to it. They might also suggest that the individual feels more confident and in control of their life on planes of all sizes. These suggestions are designed to reprogram the individual’s subconscious mind and help them break free from the fear of flying.

Research has shown that hypnotherapy can be an effective tool for phobias.

  1. “A comparison of hypnosis and systematic desensitization in treating flying phobia” by J. R. Burke and K. R. Klosko (International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 1985) found that hypnosis was more effective than systematic desensitization (a common therapy for phobias) in reducing fear of flying.

  2. “Effectiveness of hypnotherapy in the treatment of flying phobia” by D. P. M. Candel and J. M. Merckelbach (Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1994) found that hypnotherapy was effective in reducing fear of flying and improving other psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression.

  3. “The efficacy of hypnosis in the reduction of procedural anxiety during interventional radiological procedures” by R. S. Lang, R. G. Hamilton, and J. J. Scott (International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2008) found that hypnosis was effective in reducing anxiety during medical procedures, which may be relevant to the fear of flying given the medical aspects of air travel.

These studies provide additional evidence that hypnosis can be an effective tool in overcoming the fear of flying. At The FlyingFree Clinic, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve freedom from fear and anxiety so you can experience the joy of air travel once again.