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A flying phobia is inconvenient, limiting, frustrating, painful when panic sets in, and causes stress, arguments, withdrawal, and embarrassment. An awful situation.

Missing a great family holiday, not seeing far-flung family, under-achieving by not being able to fly to business meetings?


A flying phobia lingers in the mind in family relations but is normally tested only occasionally.

Phobias can seem to have a life of their own and expand so mysteriously so that even leaving the home becomes to feel unsafe. It’s not surprising to learn that depression enters the picture in some instances if the phobia has become that severe.

There is an endless list of phobias and fears, some more common than others. In modern times the list is ever increasing! Some phobias are of certain places and some are based on fear of situations. In some instances, a phobia or fear can relate to animate or inanimate objects.

Healthy anxiety is beneficial to keep us alert and safe. But a phobia is an extreme fear, and most patients would admit an irrational fear. In some cases, the sufferer feels they may die, certainly humiliate themselves publicly should they taste the fear. All phobias impact horribly on life.

Whether it is a fear that you ‘cope’ with or a phobia that you don’t: hypnotherapy can help.

“We are born without fear, but can later acquire fears, either because something frightening happens to us and the fear becomes ‘imprinted’ in our subconscious mind. Or because we learn to be afraid of something, like,  flying, because our mother is afraid of flying. Another factor is personality. That’s why one child will copy the mother’s fear and the other won’t.”


Missing a great family holiday, not seeing far-flung family, under-achieving by not being able to fly to business meetings could become a thing of the past!

Vera Peiffer has been in full-time practice as an analytical hypnotherapist since 1986, has worked at Chichester Natural Health Centre for four years. Previously she ran a successful practice on Harley Street.  She is also a qualified psychotherapist and health kinesiologist. Vera is an international speaker and the author of a number of self-help books on positive thinking, fears, stress control, and hypnotherapy.

Vera is available at the Chichester Natural Health Centre on Thursday afternoons. The cost of an initial consultation is £40, and the hypnotherapy sessions are £70.

If you are interested in booking in, there is always a warm welcome for you at Chichester Natural Health Centre – so why not call in or telephone to find out more? Our reception is covered six days a week. 01243 786946

Chichester Natural Health Centre, 5 City Business Centre, Basin Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8DU

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