How Rus­sell treated Ro­han’s pho­bia

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Ro­han pre­sented him­self as a boy of con­trast. He ra­di­ated con­fi­dence in all other ar­eas of his life. It just didn’t square that he would be afraid of fly­ing. I knew it had to be some­thing else and that I had to peel back the lay­ers of his ex­pe­ri­ences to get to the heart of the mat­ter.

In the cog­ni­tive be­havioural ses­sions we had, I used a tech­nique I have pi­o­neered in com­bi­na­tion ther­apy called so­cratic ques­tion­ing – a mode of prob­ing us­ing ques­tions to open up is­sues and prob­lems and to un­cover as­sump­tions. This en­abled me to tease out what was re­ally hap­pen­ing to Ro­han. This is cru­cial when deal­ing with any sort of anx­i­ety. Of­ten a suf­ferer will not be able to pin­point why they feel as they do, so be­fore any hyp­nother­apy takes place, it is es­sen­tial to get them to un­earth the true source of their fear.

I also used a range of cut­ting-edge anal­y­sis and hyp­nother­apy tech­niques to un­cover the ori­gin of his fear. Cog­ni­tive be­havioural ther­apy helped him to talk through the com­plex feel­ings that he as­so­ci­ated with the smell of air­line food. I then used pow­er­ful hyp­nother­apy tech­niques to re­place the smell of the food with the smell of Ro­han’s favourite af­ter­shave. Dur­ing his first flight, when the cabin crew brought the food out, all Ro­han could smell was the re­fresh­ing scent and this broke the link be­tween smell, sick­ness and panic that had been so de­bil­i­tat­ing. Through hyp­nother­apy, I was able to har­ness the pos­i­tive power of Ro­han’s mind to bring about this amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion. Rus­sell Hem­mings treats, among other con­di­tions, obe­sity, panic, anx­i­ety and con­fi­dence is­sues, fears and pho­bias and habits and ad­dic­tions. He also of­fers stress­man­age­ment tech­niques. He can be con­tacted on 04 427 3627/055 286 7275. Or visit www.rus­sell­hem­mings.co.uk or www.face­book.com/bridge­hyp­nother­a­py­clinic.

Rus­sell helped me get over my fear

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