Sixteen-year-old Joe Thompson was set to fly back from a holiday to Abu Dhabi with his family in June 2012. However, before boarding the flight home, the young rugby fan began to sob uncontrollably, terrified about the height the plane would reach when airborne.
Joe’s mum Pauline had no choice but to board the plane, as she needed to get home for work. Joe’s dad Tony however, remained abroad with his son, where he shelled out £40,000 in doctor’s bills and rent for the accommodation they were living in.
After four unsuccessful attempts to return to the UK by road and sea, as well as numerous visits to the hospital, Tony called in a hypnotherapist in a bid to help his son relax.
After three months of hypnotherapy, Joe eventually boarded a flight at the start of October and took the 7-hour journey back to Heathrow where he was reunited with mum Pauline and sister Chloe.
“I’m so happy to be home. I can’t believe how cold it is here”, said Joe.
While it is relatively common knowledge that flying is one of the safest modes of transportation, understanding the facts and appealing to an individual’s ‘rational side’ is likely to mean very little to somebody who is flying phobic.
In these instances where the phobia manifests on an emotional and psychological level, techniques such as hypnotherapy and NLP have a great proven track record for treatment – using the mind to overcome challenges and negative patterns of behaviour.
Whilst there are plenty of self-help books available on tackling a fear of flying, these are no substitutes for advice from a professional.
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