Conquer Your Fear of Flying With ASCENT

a unique flying with confidence course

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h2 NATURAL HEALTH provides a unique fear of flying course in Scotland: a two-phase approach to conquering flying phobia. 100% of our clients have successfully reduced their anxiety to manageable levels! 

The ASCENT programme of hypnotherapy & cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) deals with the underlying causes of a flying anxiety and can, for those clients who wish, be followed by a practical experience package at Dundee Airport, Scotland, that includes hands-on flying in a jet simulator and a real flight in an aeroplane! Both the psychological and flight experience courses are easily accessible to clients with a flying anxiety located in Perth, Dundee, Angus and Fife.

Fear of flying

Fear of flying (aerophobia or aviophobia) is one of the most common phobias, and flying anxiety unduly affects an estimated 20-40% of people at some time. On the face of it, such anxiety is irrational as statistics prove that flying is one of the safest forms of travel. In fact, 2015 was the safest year ever with a record low total of 16 fatal airliner accidents resulting in 560 deaths. Given that traffic exceeded 34 million flights, the fatal passenger accident rate was one per 4.8 million flights! 

For those affected, however, such fear severely limits their lifestyle, leisure and business opportunities as flying becomes more of an essential part of our lives. There are many aspects of flying that can cause anxiety, such as dreading an accident, claustrophobia, relinquishing control or fearing a panic attack. Even the early stages of booking a ticket can create a mild anxiety, which rises to abject terror when the plane becomes airborne. Symptoms include sweating, dry mouth, panic attacks, high heart rate, hyperventilation, nausea, blurred vision and muscle tension. 

Fear of flying can affect anybody, regardless of age, education, intelligence, gender or professional status and is not a sign of weakness or necessarily lack of accurate information about safety statistics. Luckily, help is at hand that can allow sufferers to reduce their fears to a manageable level and in some cases even enjoy flying!

ASCENT hypnotherapy for fear of flying course

The psychology sessions are conducted by Harry Holbrook, clinical hypnotherapist (and former qualified flying instructor) based near Blairgowrie in Perthshire (close to the border with Angus).

The ASCENT programme is customised to the particular needs of the client, but a typical course comprises three sessions of hypnotherapy and CBT during which: 

negative worries are examined and reframed into more realistic and positive thoughts 

causes of anxiety are progressively desensitised FofF testimonial

future effective behaviour is rehearsed 

sel-help tools are practiced 

the technical aspects of flying are explained and any concerns dealt with

Learning about flying and having a go

Want to take things even further? Consolidating the hypnotherapy sessions, and in partnership with h2 NATURAL HEALTH, Tayside Aviation at Dundee Airport offers nervous flyers a unique opportunity to boost their confidence! Under the personal supervision of Managing Director James Watt, Tayside Aviation (a long-established and CAA-accredited Flight Training Organisation) offers a customised ‘fear of flying’ course that can (depending upon the client's requirements) consist of the following: 

A briefing by an experienced pilot concerning the principles of flight and commercial flight operations during which all your technical questions are answered and any misunderstandings dealt with. 

A practical session in a jet simulator during which the operation of the aircraft is demonstrated andsimulator you take the controls to fly and (if you want) land the plane! If you are planning a particular journey, the simulator can be programmed to fly on that route and land at your destination airport. It’s enormous fun and a tremendous boost to your understanding and confidence. 

An air experience flight in a light aircraft around the local area where, if you wish, you can take the controls for real! 

Alternatively, if you wish, I can accompany you on a short commercial flight to provide confidence and support. 

For further details about any aspect of the ASCENT course, contact h2 NATURAL HEALTH today! Vouchers are available for both the hypnotherapy sessions and the air experience sessions with Tayside Aviation.

"I would just like to say a big thank you for your help …… I honestly can't remember the last time I flew feeling so calm and relaxed. Once again thank you for your life changing help"   D.B. Kirkwall