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Hypnotherapy and a Fear of Flying

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When a client comes in with an issue like fear of flying, I’m usually assured that the client also has anticipatory anxiety associated with the fear. When this is the case, the hypnotherapist must treat both conditions. If the client also turns out to be hypoglycemic, the therapist should place the client on a low hypoglycemic diet. Hypoglycemia triggers anticipatory anxiety and panic feelings, so the therapist needs to explain this to the client. Bad eating habits affect the adrenal cortex which causes the sugar level to drop. With varying levels of sugar the brain is affected in a negative way and causes low blood sugar. Low blood sugar causes many symptoms such as headaches and various other states such as dizziness and fatigue as anticipatory anxiety. People function the way they receive and perceive information, so if the person changes his or her eating habits and bring the sugar to a normal level without varying levels of sugar, the person is better able to function. The solution would be to change the eating the eating habits of the subject to a diet that limits certain sugars his blood sugar levels will stabilize and the subject will feel better and eliminate the instability of many health conditions. Anticipatory anxiety on the other hand, is a normal healthy response, which heightens sensations by the flight/fight mechanism to a known event. Hypoglycemia has to be dealt to make therapy more effective for many reasons. Often times a subject who has hyperglycemia will have anxieties and phobias as well as other conditions such as depression. People who have these conditions are unpredictable in that fears and phobias are irrational conditioning and don’t have to make sense. We feel that once the client changes their diet and the blood sugar levels are stabilized and the symptoms dissipate there is a good chance of improvement, but as long as the client’s diet is off or not improved, there will be no progress. We feel that once the client changes their diet and the blood sugar levels are stabilized and the symptoms dissipate there is a good chance of improvement. The fear of flying is a physical feeling caused by a sugar drop that precipitated into becoming fearful. In therapy desensitization is utilized and the diet is stabilized. The therapist has to bombard the client with a lot of logic and reason. It’s imperative that the client is reassured as he faces their fear. This is an irrational fear; it is not based on reality. The therapist has to explain to the client the seriousness of this reality. In hypnosis, the client is told to experience the fear, to create it. The hypnotherapist then reinforces the fact to the client that he controls the fear, not the other way around. During the sessions, the hypnotherapist offers the client back-up plans and alternate behaviors to utilize at any time the client experiences the onset of anxiety. As important, the hypnotherapist needs to stress the fact that the client has to change his diet. In addition the hypnotherapist would suggest and install new replacement behavior, each and every time you try and feel the fear or anticipation for example, you will become amused and a smile will start forming.

Hypnotherapy is completely confidential with adherence to the Ethical Guidelines of the American Counseling Association regarding conduct of counseling therapists. Copyright 2014 All rights reserved.



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