Fear of Flying Course

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Fear of Flying

Fear of flying (aerophobia or aviophobia) is one of the most common phobias, and flying anxiety unduly affects an estimated 20-40% of people at some time. On the face of it, such anxiety is irrational as statistics prove that flying is one of the safest forms of travel. 

For those affected, however, such anxiety severely limits their lifestyle, leisure and business opportunities.

 

What is Flying Anxiety?

There are many aspects of flying that can cause anxiety, such as dreading an accident, claustrophobia, relinquishing control or fearing a panic attack. Even booking a ticket can create a mild anxiety, which rises to panic when the plane becomes airborne. Symptoms include sweating, dry mouth, panic attacks, high heart rate, hyperventilation, nausea, blurred vision and muscle tension. 

Fear of flying can affect anybody, regardless of age, education, intelligence, gender or professional status and is not a sign of weakness or necessarily lack of accurate information about safety statistics. Luckily, help is at hand that can allow sufferers to reduce their fears to a manageable level and in some cases even enjoy flying!

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The Course

The online sessions are conducted by Harry Holbrook, senior clinical hypnotherapist (and former CAA-qualified flying instructor and RAF Air Training Corps instructor).

The programme is customised to the particular needs of the client, but a typical course comprises three sessions of hypnotherapy, CBT, NLP and technical training. During the  sessions: 

  • negative worries are examined and reframed into more realistic and positive thoughts 

  • causes of anxiety are progressively desensitised

  • future effective behaviour is rehearsed

  • psychological techniques are practised that can be used to instantly quell anxiety

  • the mind is trained to inhibit the release of stress hormones on a flight

  • the technical aspects of flying are explained and any concerns dealt with