We jettisoned our flight fears
I was very excited to have my work recognised in a feature on Fear of Flying entitled ‘We jettisoned our flight fears” in the Sun newspaper. See below where the article shows how Sharon Glick of Edgware overcame her fear of flying through using my methods.
Sharon Glick, a 42-year-old part-time administrator and mum from Edgware in North London cured her fear of flying using a ‘tapping’ technique
“My problems with flying started when I was 7 when my family was coming home from Spain – I remember crying, telling my mum how I didn’t want to get in the plane.
Ever since then I’ve had massive problems with flying, but with lots of family who live abroad I just had to live through the absolute panic and anxiety every time I got a flight. Over the years I’ve resorted to have a couple of alcoholic drinks and in recent years I’ve used Valium to calm me down, but this never really dealt with the root issues.
Every time I even thought about getting on a plane I felt I couldn’t breathe, my palms would sweat, and my heart would race. I hated all the strange noises you hear on a plane, thinking something was going wrong – and I always panicked when the plane started to level off after take-off, thinking we were going down. My husband Haydn always had to hold my hand and do his best to reassure me. I just felt so silly getting in such a flap about something I knew shouldn’t be an issue.
We flew a lot more before my son Dylan was born in 2012, but as Dylan grew up I became increasingly worried he’d pick up on my anxiety and he’d develop the same fear. So last summer a good friend called me saying she’d met an amazing therapist called Lauren Rosenburg at a school fair who could help me. My friend bought me a session with Lauren as a birthday present, knowing I had a holiday to Spain the next month.
At Lauren’s Fear Busters clinic in North West London she asked me questions about my background, when the fear started, then asked me close my eyes and describe how I felt during each stage of a flight – as she did this, she sprayed calming essential oils over me. She then explained the key ‘tapping’ techniques I should use to release the negative energy I was storing up – using my fingers I would tap pressure points all over my head and face and then on my hands. I guess you’d describe it as like acupuncture but without needles.
While I did this she told me to repeat positive statements such as “I’m stronger” and “I’m positive”. In total I’d say I spent 3-4 minutes each time, and while I had some doubts about whether this would work, I’d heard great things about Lauren and knew I had nothing to lose.
As suggested, I practiced the tapping every evening for the following week, then we had to fly. I used the tapping as a first aid kit, doing it whenever I felt anxious – so at home before going to the airport, in the loos at the airport, then as the plane took off. I hadn’t packed any Valium and chose not to have a drink, so it was the only remedy I had.
I have to say I was amazed at how effective it was, how I didn’t have sweaty palms or any of the anxiety I’d had to tolerate for so many years. Haydn couldn’t believe it either. And I was so relieved knowing I didn’t have to hide my fear from Dylan.
I used the same techniques on the flight home, which worked brilliantly, and earlier this year Haydn and I flew to Venice and I honestly now feel like I’ve conquered my fear of flying.
I’m not entirely sure how it works – it could just be a useful distraction – but it does and I feel so free now. Needless to say I told my friend that was the best birthday present I’ve ever had!
Do you, or someone you know, panic every time you book a flight, let alone get on a plane. You are finding it hard to breathe, is this a panic attack…. you feel detached and faint, you try and rationalise the situation – it doesn’t work! All natural body systems seem to freeze, I can’t do this….. Then, with much trepidation, fear and terror, you climb the steps to the aeroplane – into the unknown!!! You are not on your own because statistically, every row of three seats on a commercial aeroplane contains at least one passenger who’d really rather not be there. Or maybe you are one of those people who worries a week before you get on a flight and then your holiday is spoilt because you are worrying about the flight back!! If you feel like this it is not the flying you are afraid of but it is your thoughts in relation to flying. In addition, if you avoid flying it can:
- affect your relationships, as your friends and family will want to go abroad on holiday
- affect your career, if your work involves travel
- prevent you experiencing the benefits of travel, discovering new cultures and enjoying the sights and wonders of the world.
So if you suffer from severe anxiety which prevents you from travelling or causes you great distress at the mere mention of an aircraft, do please contact me and I will let you know how I can remove this fear which will result in the freedom to fly to wherever your heart takes you ………… and always remember ‘The Captain of the plane wants to get home safely too!!!!’
An article which appeared on Mail Online on Monday, 2nd November, 2014 Could this therapist end your fear of flying in just three sessions? Phobia expert uses unusual treatment dubbed ‘acupuncture without needles’ to help aerophobics
- Therapist Lauren Rosenberg uses Emotional Freedom Technique
- Mrs Rosenberg has near 100 percent success rate helping aerophobics
- Also assists clients with OCD, food allergies and stress-related illnesses
By SIMON CABLE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 18:08, 2 November 2014 | UPDATED: 18:10, 2 November 2014 Getting on a plane for many people is an experience to be endured rather than enjoyed. But if you are among the estimated 10 per cent of the population who suffer from a fear of flying, help could be at hand. A London-based therapist specialising in anxiety disorders says she has a near 100 per cent success rate in helping clients overcome aerophobia – an extreme fear of flying – using holistic therapies and an unusual method called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Here is the link to read the rest of the article: