Fear of Flying Case study. Client suffered from air travel anxiety since childhood. Symptoms included severe anxiety and disturbing dreams up to several days before the flight, inability to relax on the plane or enjoy the flying experience. Additionally, her severe fear of flying impacted her travel companions. "I just want to go on a flight and be normal." "My fear of flying impacts my work because I can't travel to conferences, training, and other important events."
The client was serious about change as evidenced in her words and actions. To prepare for change and prior to starting hypnosis sessions with me she watched educational videos and also read articles relating to her fear of flying. Additionally, she scheduled air travel, that purposefully included layovers, two months out from the start of her sessions.
Our sessions occurred weekly and the client attended four hypnosis sessions prior to air travel. The strategies used were tailored to her specific circumstances and desired outcomes. She was receptive and invested in the process.
After returning from her planned travel, the client gave a positive report that she 'enjoyed' four flights (2 going there, 2 coming back). The client was able to sleep and read on the jet and even her spouse noted a remarkable difference in her demeanor from previous flights. The client then 'fessed up' and told her spouse she had visited a hypnotist to address the fear.
Approximately one month after the air travel, the client returned for a final 'capstone' session to further compound the work she had done and also further cement this new found freedom of air travel in her subconscious mind.
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis.