Clinical Hypnotherapy and the Fear of Flying

Clinical Hypnotherapy is an excellent, alternative and non-evasive way to handle phobias and fears.  It looks to help soothe the mind and find the root of the problem at the unconscious level.  It incorporates reframing and new ways of thinking, hoping to alleviate the tension and fear that arises when exposed to the stressor.   The fear of flying is no exception.  Thousands of individuals have an intense fear of flying and will avoid this use of safe and convenient travel due to this paralyzing fear.   Clinical Hypnotherapy can help reduce the fear at its core and help individuals learn to manage flights and eventually be able to find some peace if they need to fly to a destination.

Fear of flying can be paralyzing to modern life and travel. Please also review AIHCP’s Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification


The article, “Can Hypnotherapy Fix A Fear Of Flying? I Found Out” by Alicia Lansom reviews her fears of flying and how Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnotherapy helped alleviate her fear and allowed her to be able to cope with some of the issues associated with flying.  She states,

Lydia Johnson, clinical hypnotherapist and founder of the London Clinic of Hypnotherapy, says the process can be very effective in helping people combat issues with planes. “If you want to overcome a fear of flying, you may try everything consciously to do it, but you will still sustain the overwhelming fear, as long as your subconscious mind retains this terror,” she tells Refinery29. “Hypnotherapy can change and update your irrational deep-seated fears so it feels comfortable, even enjoyable, so there’s no white knuckling needed again.”

“Can Hypnotherapy Fix A Fear Of Flying? I Found Out”. Lansom. A. (2023). Refinery29.

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Have you ever experienced a paralyzing fear at the mere thought of boarding an airplane? If so, you may be suffering from aerophobia, commonly known as the fear of flying. Aerophobia affects millions of individuals worldwide and can have a significant impact on their personal and professional lives. In this article, we will explore the causes of aerophobia, traditional methods of treatment, and delve into the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in overcoming this fear. Through the power of hypnotherapy, you can conquer your fear of flying and embark on new adventures with confidence.

Understanding the Root Causes of Aerophobia

Aerophobia is a complex fear that can stem from various factors. For some individuals, it may be triggered by a traumatic experience related to flying, such as a turbulent flight or witnessing an aviation accident. Others may develop aerophobia due to underlying anxiety or control issues. Understanding the root causes of aerophobia is crucial in effectively addressing and overcoming this fear.

Traditional Methods of Treating Aerophobia

Over the years, various traditional methods have been used to treat aerophobia. These can include exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and medication. Exposure therapy involves gradually exposing individuals to flying-related situations, allowing them to confront their fears in a controlled environment. CBT focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns associated with flying, replacing them with positive and realistic beliefs. While these methods can be effective for some individuals, they may not offer a permanent solution for everyone.

Introduction to Hypnotherapy and Its Effectiveness in Treating Phobias

Hypnotherapy is a powerful alternative treatment that has shown remarkable success in helping individuals overcome phobias, including aerophobia. By accessing the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy aims to reframe negative thought patterns and create new associations with flying. Unlike traditional therapy, hypnotherapy targets the root cause of the fear rather than solely addressing the symptoms. This holistic approach allows individuals to experience lasting change and regain control over their fear of flying.

How Hypnotherapy Works in Overcoming Aerophobia

During a hypnotherapy session for aerophobia, a certified hypnotherapist will guide you into a state of deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, your subconscious mind becomes more receptive to positive suggestions and imagery. The hypnotherapist will work with you to identify and address the underlying causes of your fear, helping you reframe your perception of flying. Through visualization and repetition, you will begin to associate flying with feelings of calmness and confidence. Over time, these new associations will replace the old, fear-based responses, empowering you to conquer your fear of flying.

Success Stories of Individuals Who Have Conquered Their Fear of Flying Through Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis can help reframe situations, reduce anxiety during flight and help find the root of the problem at the subconscious level


Countless individuals have successfully overcome their fear of flying through hypnotherapy. One such success story is Sarah, who had been unable to board a plane for over a decade due to her severe aerophobia. After just a few hypnotherapy sessions, Sarah felt a newfound sense of calmness and control. She was able to board a plane without experiencing any panic or anxiety, and since then, she has traveled to numerous destinations around the world. Sarah’s story is just one example of how hypnotherapy can transform lives and open up a world of possibilities.

Finding a Qualified Hypnotherapist for Aerophobia Treatment

When seeking hypnotherapy for aerophobia, it is crucial to find a qualified and experienced hypnotherapist. Look for professionals who are certified and have specialized training in treating phobias. Ask for referrals from trusted sources or consult reputable hypnotherapy directories to ensure you find a hypnotherapist who can effectively guide you through your journey to overcome aerophobia.

Preparing for a Hypnotherapy Session to Overcome Aerophobia

Before attending a hypnotherapy session, it is essential to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Take some time to reflect on your fears and anxieties surrounding flying. Write them down and discuss them with your hypnotherapist during the session. It is also helpful to practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, in the days leading up to your session. By preparing yourself, you can make the most of your hypnotherapy experience and increase your chances of overcoming aerophobia.

Additional Techniques and Practices to Complement Hypnotherapy in Overcoming Aerophobia

While hypnotherapy is highly effective in treating aerophobia, there are additional techniques and practices that can complement this treatment. These can include mindfulness meditation, yoga, and positive affirmations. Engaging in these practices can help you further reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and reinforce positive beliefs about flying. Discuss these complementary techniques with your hypnotherapist to create a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Conclusion: Empowering Yourself to Conquer Your Fear of Flying with Hypnotherapy

If you have been living with the fear of flying, know that there is hope for a brighter future. Hypnotherapy offers a powerful and transformative path to overcoming aerophobia. By addressing the root causes of your fear and creating new associations with flying, hypnotherapy empowers you to conquer your fear and embrace the joy of air travel. Take the first step towards a fearless future by finding a qualified hypnotherapist and embarking on your journey to overcome aerophobia. It’s time to spread your wings and soar to new heights.

AIHCP offers a hypnosis certification for trained professionals who are looking to incorporate hypnosis therapy into their practice


Please also review AIHCP’s Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  Qualified professionals can apply for the four year certification to help individuals face phobias through hypnosis.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification.

Additional Resources

“Aerophobia (Fear of Flying)”. (2022). Cleveland Clinic.  Access here

“Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Flying, Why It Happens, and More”. Pointer, K. (2017). Healthline.  Access here

“What you can do to overcome a fear of flying, according to experts”. McInnis, K. (2023). CNN-Underscored.  Access here

“Don’t Let Fear of Flying Hold You Back – Try Hypnotherapy”. Himani. MantraCare. Access here