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Help for a Driving Phobia

Posted By: stevenik on November 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Driving Phobia Getting You Nowhere?

A driving phobia can develop in anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are a learner, novice or experienced driver, we can all develop anxiety associated with some aspect of a journey when we drive. In fact it’s true that any of us could develop a phobia associated anything. In this example we will be focusing on a driving phobia.

Most phobias have a specific names such as arachnophobia for a fear of spiders. with a driving phobia there can be different names relating to the specifics of the phobia responce. Here are a list of phobia names and a description that suggest a link to driving phobias:-

  • Amaxophobia- Fear of travelling in a car / lorry / bus etc
  • Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents
  • Hodophobia- Fear of travelling by road
  • Motorphobia- Fear of cars
  • Ochophobia- Fear of vehicles
  • Tachophobia- Fear of speed
  • Traumatophobia- Fear of injury


What is a Driving Phobia?

driving phobiaA driving phobia is when someone experiences anxiety, panic or fears either whilst driving or in anticipation of some aspect of driving. As with any phobia different aspects of the experience affects people in different ways. You may find that you dread driving over small country-side bridges but are okay with motorway flyovers (or vice versa). You may fear driving over 50 mph on a motorway and have to stay in the inside lane.

Here are some driving phobia aspects that people have suffered with:-

1) Overtaking or being overtaken by a truck, lorry, juggernaut

2) Coping with roundabouts or a specific roundabout

3) Going through tunnels

4) Having  a passenger or driving solo

5) Driving up or down hills

6) Being first at traffic lights and feeling under pressure when they go green

7) City traffic when cars seem to come from all angles

8) Busy junctions

9) Bridges, flyovers

10) Lack of a hard-shoulder, lay-by or services on a motorway

11) Feeling stuck when a traffic jam occurs

12) Road rage from other drivers


How Do You Get a Phobia of Driving ?

Sometimes the cause of driving phobias is clear cut.

Mary had a car accident 5 years ago. She had some minor injuries but has recovered and has been driving since this experience and has been fine. Then 4 months ago she had a near-miss. An accident almost happened and she experienced a panic attack. Now when she drives she is fearful of having an accident and particularly when approaching a roundabout where the near-miss occurred. Driving is something she will avoid doing if she can.

It’s interesting that it wasn’t the accident itself that led to a phobic reaction to driving. Mary’s phobia only happened after the near-miss but clearly the accident and the near-miss of contributed to the driving phobia.

With other people’s driving phobia the cause may not be as clear-cut as in Mary’s case. Sometimes the cause can be something that seems unconnected like a relationship issue or security issue that manifests itself as a phobia of driving. We are all different and events that lead to a phobia in one person will leave another person unaffected.


Hypnosis, NLP, EFT Helps Overcome Driving Phobia

One of the fastest methods for releasing and resolving phobias is hypnotherapy  (Kraft & Kraft 2004). Having said that hypnotherapist’s often use a combination of hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to help someone overcome their driving phobia. Steven Harold an experienced London hypnotherapist has seen many people over the years and helped them resolve their driving phobia.

You may be surprised to know that a driving phobia can affect anyone and even those people whose career involves a lot of driving. Steven had helped police officers, fire truck drivers, ambulance, truck, lorry and juggernaut drivers as well as those that drive buses and coaches. You are not the first person to have a fear of some aspect of driving and like others you can get over it and drive confidently again.

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Research: Kraft, T., & Kraft, D. (2004). Creating a virtual reality in hypnosis: A case of driving phobia. Contemporary Hypnosis, 21, 79–85.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Hypnosis and Healing

Posted By: stevenik on November 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hypnotherapy and Healing

Hypnotherapy comes from a combination of two Greek words ‘hypnos’ ( sleep ) and ‘therape’ (healing ). This is a misleading use of ‘hypnos’, as the state achieved in hypnotherapy is a trance state rather than sleep. Once the trance state is achieved, the healing process can start. Here, it is not magic, but waking up the immune system, that causes the healing.

Throughout history people have gone to shamans, witches, and herbal healers, in addition to doctors, for healing. Some of these were effective, some were not, it was sometimes a matter of belief. But biochemists may use the knowledge of the ancient healers in knowing which plants to imitate, in preparation of synthetic drugs. When healing is unexplained by science it is commonly referred to as miraculous. In the Bible we are told that Christ told people that it was their belief that healed them. But it is a long process for the church to declare something as a miracle.

In 1858 the young girl who was to become St Benadette had a vision of of a lady in Lourdes. The Catholic Church eventually declared that this vision was one of the Virgin Mary. Ever since then millions have visited the shrine in the hope of a miraculous healing. And miraculous healings do take place because of belief in the power of place. This creates a change in the mindset that allows the natural power of the immune system to take over and restore health.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

chronic fatigueI refer to the above event to give an example of how the belief system can be helped by modern healers. Therapists and coaches can help people to create a healing mindset, which seems to be essential in dealing with Chronic Fatigue. The blockages to creating this mindset may be removed with the help of talking therapies, such as counselling and hypnotherapy, or meridian therapies, such as EFT and TFT. The science of nutrition may also help in creating the conditions for optimum health, and hands on therapies, such as massage will help to remove toxins.

As therapists we have got systems to help with healing in cases that scientific medicine may have difficulties with. Not only Chronic Fatigue, but  also immune diseases come in here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Hypnosis

I signed up to train as a Chrysalis Effect Practitioner this year in order to be part of a team of complimentary therapists that would help to coach people through a year of recovery from Chronic Fatigue, back into a state of health and well being. I have the resources of Counselling , Hypnotherapy and meridian therapies and can refer to other experts too in helping your recovery from Chronic Fatigue.

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Location: Ealing, Hillingdon, Uxbridge

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