During a casual conversation at a party about 7 years ago (~2002), I mentioned my extreme fear of flying, something that I had to do regularly for my employment at the time. I would suffer anxiety and even nausea many hours before the flight, and during, making me a nightmare to trave with. Ann suggested I give hypnotherapy a try – I was an extreme skeptic, but what did I have to loose?
I took up Ann’s offer and attended just one hypnotherapy session at Ann’s premesis in Dingley Village. I did not go into a “deep sleep” nor was I asked to do silly things like “cluck like a chicken”, but I did get into a very comfortable state of relaxation, and I was totally aware of what was happening around me at all times. Ann’s methods helped me to concentrate on the various steps of preparing for a flight, with her suggestions putting positive spins on my feelings, helping me to believe that flying was an enjoyable experience. I would say that Ann “reprogrammed” my thoughts on flying, replacing feelings of apprehension with calm, controlled feelings. After the session, I didn’t believe that I felt any different – however – the proof came when it was time for me to fly once again to Brisbane. Whilst I was not exactly jumping out of my skin at the thought, I found I was noticably calmer leading up to, and during the flight. My fear of flying has now susided to where recently I flew from Melbourne to Brisbane, and not only was I actually looking forward to the flight, I even devoured the lunch they gave me on the flight – something I had never done before.
I must now admit that I am no longer a skeptic about hypnosis. If Ann can help me with my fear of flying after just one session, helping me to re-program my mind, then I’m sure she can help many other people with their fears, phobias and personal problems.