What is Fear of flying?
Fear of flying is not a seldom condition. In our clinic, we see patients with this disorder almost every week. Bear in mind that if you have a fear of flying or being on an aircraft, you have a clinical condition that falls under the umbrella of “anxiety disorders”. It come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes but commonly holds the following characteristics, which have been adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
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- Excessive, persistent fear of a given object, situation or thing. (Example: Fear of flying)
- Exposure to the object, situation or thing brings on excessive fear and in some, panic.
- A recognition that the fear is irrational and excessive
- Avoidant behaviors related to the feared experience (avoiding flying, airplanes or helicopters)
- Fearful behaviors are not part of another mental health issue (examples: OCD, PTSD)
People who have an extreme fear of flying are considered to have a situational type of fear, which makes perfect sense when you consider the situation itself involves “taking flight”.
Hypnosis for fear of flying
There is a good chance you are hoping that you can visit a hypnotist and have your fear of flying magically gone away by undergoing a clinical hypnosis session. If only this were the case. Sadly. This misbelief is part of the larger collection of hypnosis myths (be sure to read our common hypnosis myths here).
The good news however is that for some people, hypnotherapy as part of anxiety counseling may yield positive results according to some published research. Remember, hypnosis is not “therapy” itself but instead, an adjunct to therapy as offered by a licensed psychotherapist. That’s why at Philadelphia Hypnotherapy Clinic we have licensed acupuncturists, herbalists, and homeopaths to make a treatment approach more effective.
Hypnosis for fear of flying – How does it Work?
If you are seeking hypnosis for fear of flying, you probably are wondering how the process actually works. Each hypnotherapist is different but generally speaking, there are a set of universal activities that take place as part of the dynamic.
- An initial appointment to discuss your fear of flying that includes an assessment of your personal health history (medical, mental health, etc.).
- A potential referral to your physician to rule out medical causes for anxiety, such as a physical condition or; medications that may be causing you to experience fear, stress and worry.
- A determination if hypnosis for fear of flying as part of psychotherapy is appropriate for you.
- Cognitive rehearsals through guided imagery, which is a mainstay of hypnotherapy.
- An assessment of how your anxiety has been reduced through therapy using Subjective Units of Distress (SUDS).
The key feature of hypnosis for fear of flying is creative visualization and guided imagery whereby the clinical hypnotist (hypnotherapist) mentally guides you through various flying scenarios. In this way, you become aware of your fear but not necessarily “afraid”. Calm distance is created between the various things that amp up your fear when flying, such as:
- Sudden, unexpected noises
- Changes in cabin pressure
- Flight deck announcements
- Common, aircraft specific aircraft noises
Quite frequently fear of flying has to do with subconscious issues of control or hidden childhood memories that you may not even be aware of. After all, if the fear was actually based on the likelihood of you being in an accident you would actually be 29 times more afraid of driving (to be statistically accurate). Using Clinical Hypnotherapy to uncover the hidden subconscious reasons for your fear, along with a few other powerful techniques, allows hypnotherapist to quickly eliminate your fear of flying with our hypnosis program. If you suffer from a fear of flying, want to use hypnosis, live in Philadelphia and want to enjoy your time on airplanes call us today and take advantage of our experience and expertise in quickly eliminating fears and phobias.