Fear of Flying
If you have a fear of flying then you know only too well the impact it can have on your life; ruining holidays, stopping you from going on holiday at all, or restricting you from seeing new places and experiencing new things. The fear may be around enclosed spaces (claustrophobia) or not being able to get off the plane (not being in control). Your fear may be associated with thoughts of the plane crashing, or turbulence.
Fear of flying is quite common and can affect people in many different ways. It may involve different aspects of flying; when booking a holiday or arriving at the airport, or when sitting on the plane getting ready to take off. Each person has their own triggers for flying anxiety. Some people usually tell me they can't face a flight without lots of alcohol, prescription 'calm down pills', or that it is so bad they just won't fly at all, meaning they miss out on family holidays.
While a natural feeling of 'nerves' or apprehension about your flight is perfectly normal, sometimes people can develop a real phobia - making them either unable to fly at all or completely ruining their holiday because of the extreme fear of getting there and back.
When we are scared of something, our brain triggers the natural 'flight or fight' response in which we release adrenaline and stress hormones ready to fight or run. Of course, sitting on a plane means we have all of those stress hormones rushing around our system going nowhere, and giving us the feelings of fear and panic. The anxiety we feel isn't allayed until we get ourselves out of the potentially dangerous situation. Sitting in that seat unable to get away for a length of time will then exacerbate this fear, as we feel stuck in it.
While flying might be a safe form of travel, if you have developed an inflated fear response to flying, your brain thinks you are in some sort of crisis or danger and it will step in to 'help'. No amount of reading about how flying is safe, or being told flying is safe, will actually help for long. This is because that fear is stored in the subconscious part of your mind, and will be activated before your conscious, rational brain. So, you tell yourself it's safe, to stop being scared; after all, you've researched how safe planes are and you know it's irrational - so you'll just be fine - right? Unfortunately, while you are telling yourself all this, your subconscious mind has already sprung into action and set off the 'let's get us out of this danger' response.
I have worked with many clients to resolve their fear - enabling them to enjoy their flight. You can see some of their feedback here on this page!
Zoe Holdsworth - client story shared with kind permission
Taking flying from an incredibly traumatic experience to looking forward to long flights and a wide range of destinations.
Zoe Holdsworth tells us in her own words how she went from overwhelming fear and panic to calm - in one session of BWRT.
“Before Claire, flights for me were an incredibly traumatic experience. The second the engines kicked in, so did my overwhelming fear and panic. I would cry for the whole flight, squeezing my husband’s hand until it was numb, imagining the worst, shaking, knee tapping, shouting things out - it really was the worst way to start a holiday. It was embarrassing for me and those around me but I truly felt as though that was it for me, just something I had to put up with...until I heard about Claire from a friend.
I visited Claire with much scepticism, truly believing it would not work for me. Claire was amazing! During the session, she allowed me to speak frankly and honestly about my fears and concerns without making me feel silly or ashamed. She listened to all my issues and quickly ascertained that I had a fear of losing control - something which very much mirrored my daily life!
Flying to Majorca
After just one session, Claire was convinced the treatment had worked for me...I remained unsure but proceeded to my family holiday 6 weeks later full of hope! I knew that my trigger was the engines starting and was fully prepared for the tears to come...but they never did. As the engines started and the plane began to move, I felt a huge sense of calm. There was no hysteria, no panic, no shouting. I looked at my husband who was equally as gobsmacked. We simply could not believe it! I looked out the window, I took my seat belt off, I went to the toilet. I enjoyed a drink because I wanted to and not because I needed to.
I spent the whole flight out talking to a man from Liverpool who was shaking and crying exactly the same as I used to. Having told him all about BWRT, he was also off back home to see if he could access the same treatment.
Looking forward to flying again!
I cannot thank Claire enough for her help in managing my anxiety - I even emailed her in the taxi on the way to my hotel in Majorca as I could not wait to thank her! Whereas before my flight limit was probably around 2 and a half hours, we have now booked Tenerife for next year and are looking forward to longer flights to a wider range of destinations with our family.
Anyone who is remotely scared of flying - go and see Claire! You won’t regret it! I only wish I had done it sooner!”
With thanks to Zoe
Andy Honeyman- client story shared with kind permission
Claire I have just returned from a fabulous holiday with my family made all the more special because for the first time for as long as I can remember I actually enjoyed the flight instead of having panic attacks before and during my holiday due to my fear of flying. After just one session of BWRT with you I wasn't sure if it would make any difference but I had no fear or panic attacks in the week leading up to the flight and more surprising felt the same in the airport. I did have a few nerves getting onto the plane but then began to actually enjoy the experience.
The flight home was much the same and I looked out of the window all the way home which I would never have dreamed I could do. It made our holiday so much more special and I am really looking forward to my next flight and thinking of booking a long haul flight. Thank you so much Claire this has not just helped me but also my long suffering family. I would recommend this treatment to anyone who wants to make a positive difference to any phobia that is effecting their lives.
Initial consultation & treatment - 90 mins - 2 hour session - £65
Further sessions if required - £55