Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Fear of flying

The fear of flying is one of the most common phobias I deal with. For some people, the fear is of actually being up in the air; for others it is the fear of some kind of disaster or act of terrorism. Sometimes the fear is not actually about the process of flying itself, but of being locked inside the aircraft and having no way of getting out. Whatever the form the phobia takes, it usually has two aspects that need dealing with. These are first of a the actual panic that sets in when the sufferer is aboard the plane or at the airport; and secondly the dread that comes before the event itself. People often say that the "looking forward to it" is every bit as bad, if not worse than the travelling itself.

The cure can be surprisingly quick. Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) provides a set of tools that can deal rapidly with the thought processes behind the phobic response - meaning that in as little as one session, a phobic "panic" response can be removed. The client also learns how to deal with the negative internal imagery they previously associated with travelling by air to an extent that they can actually begin to look forward to it in a positive way!

If you would like to know more, feel free to contact me via my website or by calling 021 487 6072.