The fear of driving is one of the most common phobias. It can hold people back from leading a fully productive life professionally and socially. Thankfully, it is also very treatable through hypnosis. Whether you are hesitant to drive or have given up driving all together, a qualified hypnotherapist can help you make a full recovery.
What are the common causes of driving phobias?
A fear of driving often begins after a traumatic event like a car accident or an uneasy feeling when driving on the freeway. It can start by simply being a bit hesitant or nervous when driving and can develop into a phobia where driving is avoided. Many people with a driving phobia fear:
• Being stuck in a traffic jam
• Losing control of their vehicle
• Being involved in a car accident
• Taking part in vehicle manoeuvres, for example, overtaking and merging lanes
• Fainting while driving
• Vomiting while in the car
Which symptoms may be experienced?
As with other forms of anxiety, the symptoms of driving phobia are linked to the body’s fight/flight responses. These are the body’s natural responses to fear. When fearful of driving, a person can experience:
• Heart palpitations
• Shortness of breath
• Disorientation and confusion
• Dry mouth
How can the fear of driving be treated?
Through the use of hypnosis, a person can once again become a cool, calm and confident driver. By creating positive messages and retraining the subconscious mind, a hypnotherapist can help them recover from a fear of driving. With the help of specialised techniques a hypnotherapist can:
• Re-educate a person to see a perceived threat or danger in more rational and resourceful way
• Draw attention to particular images, thoughts, perceptions and feelings that change conditioned responses and behaviours
• Create “practice driving sessions” during therapy that encourage practical driving sessions with a skilled driver
How to Book an Appointment
Appointments can be booked by calling Jan direct on 1300 226 987.
Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full appointment fee unless we are able to reschedule within a fortnight.
Kraft T. MB., MRCPsych, DPM, Kraft D. (2004) “Creating a virtual reality in hypnosis: a case of driving phobia” Contemporary Hypnosis Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 79–85, June 2004