“I used to fly everywhere, to see my parents in Hong Kong, to where I lived in Turkey and then one day in 1997 I couldn’t. I don’t know what happened but I just knew I couldn’t get on a plane.
The thought terrified me but I couldn’t really put my finger on it. I wasn’t scared of crashing, I just didn’t want to be trapped inside with a load of strangers, not in control and not able to get out.
So I managed my life around it, quite successfully actually. Well if you count never going on holiday, avoiding tubes and having to walk up countless stairs to avoid going in a lift successful.
My job as a freelance production manager often meant turning jobs down that would film abroad, there was no way I could get on the plane with clients incase I freaked out. On the very rare occasion that I had to go on holiday I did myself proud by winding myself up preflight into a stupor.
I remember having to fly to Edinburgh (a 55 minute flight) about 4 years ago and I cried every night for 2 weeks beforehand, I had got myself into a right mess. I even tried a fear of flying course but nothing worked.
Then a couple of years ago I turned my hand to travel photography, interesting hobby when you can’t actually fly anywhere. I drove to Italy, took a 3 day train journey to Turkey and a 55 hour / 7 train journey up into the Arctic, all because I just couldn’t bring myself to get on a plane. Then in January, a job I was working on in London suddenly had to be switched to Cape Town because of our terrible weather.
I decided now was the time to attempt to conquer my problem but not knowing whether I actually would. I did some research on the internet and Paul’s name kept coming up with good testimonials so I made an appointment to see him a week before I had to fly.
The first session was funny, I remember feeling relaxed a lot, laughing a lot and feeling extremely exhausted afterwards, but something had shifted, even the receptionist at work the next day said I ‘seemed’ a lot lighter. I booked my flight there and then. I had one more session before I flew which kind of ‘sealed the deal’ as it were, and two days later I was on my first long distance flight in 19 years!
I did it, even the air hostesses could not believe the problems I had beforehand, they said I seemed so relaxed.
I absolutely used to love flying and I am not saying that I have that feeling again, yet. But the most important thing for me is I did it and I could only have done it with Paul’s help.
I have no idea exactly what you did Paul but I am writing this testimonial from Austria and yes I flew here and next month I am off on a job to Barcelona! So something worked!!! Thank you for helping me ‘see’ in a different way, of course now I have to work a lot more so I can afford all the holidays I have planned!!
Oh and by the way I get in the work lift at least 4 times a day without a care in the world.”