Flying panic, or “aerophobia”, can place significant limitations on your opportunities in both personal and professional arenas. Although medications can help with one-off trips, wouldn’t it be better to get to the bottom of the phobia and leave it behind for good?

The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy are skilled in counselling and hypnotherapy techniques that may teach you to learn strategies that’ll put you back in control. You don’t need to tackle aerophobia on your own.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form for more information or book your initial session — online or in-person at our Highett clinic. We also offer downloadable self-hypnosis MP3 recordings for fear of flying that you can listen to at home.

If you’re reading this page, you’ve probably already acknowledged to yourself that you need help, which is a very important step. Our therapists are trained in a range of different treatment methods, including psychodynamic therapy, dreamwork, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Buddhist psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and other forms of counselling. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution.

After an initial consultation, your therapist will work with you to come up with the best combination of treatments to suit your goals and circumstances. We can see you either in person at our Melbourne clinic in Highett, or from the comfort of your home, via a secure online connection. All sessions are completely confidential.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Fear of Flying Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fear of flying is very common. Almost every commercial flight has at least one person sitting drenched in a cold sweat with muscles clenched throughout. Fear is a primal emotion that exists to protect you from harm. The fight or flight instinct kicks in to save you from the sabre-toothed tiger… one way or another.

However, it does not serve this purpose on a modern aeroplane, where neither of those options is ever likely to be useful or even possible. Claustrophobia can also play into anxiety for people who fear flying, as you’re confined to a cramped seat in a narrow space. And of course, aviation accidents do happen. But they are the exception. Thousands of planes take off and land worldwide every minute in perfect safety — but some people can’t shake their crippling fear of getting in a plane.

People who have aerophobia experience persistent and intense anxiety when they think about flying or travelling by air. The symptoms of aerophobia are similar to those of other specific phobias. Symptoms of the fear of flying may include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Tight chest
  • Desperately trying to distract yourself
  • Inability to sit still or remain calm
  • Muddled thinking
  • Digestive problems
  • Sweating
  • Sense of imminent death
  • Dizziness
  • ‘Hysteria’ or losing control of your behaviour, shouting or trying to get off the plane

The good news is that mindfulness therapy and hypnotherapy have been shown to be effective for many people suffering from this anxiety disorder. 

You can call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to find out more about how Bayside Psychotherapy may be able to help you.

Don’t let your fear of flying keep you stuck at home!

Everyone has different underlying causes for their panic disorder or phobia, so it’s impossible to say for sure how long treatment will take. Usually, after a couple of hypnotherapy or counselling sessions, your therapist may be able to gauge how the treatment is going. We may then be able to give you a clearer estimate of how much more therapy is likely to be indicated to effect lasting change.

If you have a trip coming up and would like to start hypnotherapy now, you can download our targeted self-hypnosis recordings for fear of flying. Our self-hypnosis recording may also help complement any ongoing treatments. 

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 to book a confidential appointment to see if we are able to help you work through your fear of flying.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we will rely upon your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.
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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain