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Case Study 1: Client with a fear that planes can't really fly, so started to panic if up in the air for more than an hour.
A surprise gift of a trip to Florida the following week from the partner meant that the client couldn't see me over a few sessions, so we settled for one blockbuster triple session -
Case Study 2: Client wanted to feel in control but couldn't on a plane journey.
As for Case Study 1, relaxation exercises were taught and recorded, followed by a session in which they were reminded that they could cope with their partner driving and really travelling as a passenger on a plane was not so very different. Finally, we did some Regression work during which the client recalled that, when small, they were locked in a cupboard by a bigger brother and had felt angry that they couldn't control their situation.
Case Study 3: Client told by their partner that they were breaking up, immediately before a whole day's journey from Australia to UK!
The client was left with a whole day to sit with all the shock, upset, sense of loss and extreme anger at the way they had been treated. In addition, the partner had been a pilot and many near-
The client went away smiling broadly, luckily now with a new partner, no doubt to enjoy many happy holidays with flying as a mode of transport.
To me, the interesting thing about "fear of flying" is that, when I first began my work, I would get clients into hypnosis and then read from a script which provided therapeutic suggestions. The script for fear of flying would not have helped any of my clients so far. Also, sometimes a client had been OK with flying in the past, so clearly something triggered the phobia.