Are you terrified at the thoughts of driving a vehicle? Do you make arrangements based on the availability of public transportation? If you or someone you love suffers from a driving phobia, you know how difficult it can be and how it can make even the simplest plans seem more challenging. Even choosing to live close to work does not always solve the problem as public transportation is not always dependable. However, the pounding in your chest, shaking, nausea, and overwhelming tension that occurs while you are behind the wheel makes it simply impossible to drive.
Some people only have trouble driving in rush hour traffic, while others are not even able to put the key in the ignition switch. Phobias are generally caused by one of three things; how you were raised, a traumatic experience, or being in a truly terrifying situation. A phobia can trigger the body’s natural fight or flight response making your symptoms even worse. No matter where or how it strikes, you can overcome your phobia through hypnosis.
A driving phobia can be caused by many things, maybe you were in a car accident when you were young and it left you traumatized. Maybe you do not even know why you are afraid. Do you tell yourself that you will not be afraid, only to have the anxiety return? This is because you are dealing with your conscious mind but the fear lies within your subconscious mind, and that is where it must be addressed.
Your subconscious mind stores everything you have ever been exposed to along with every thought and feeling you have ever had. Sometimes your subconscious will fixate on something from your past, and amplify or exaggerate the thoughts or feelings connected to it. Therefore, you may feel your phobia is irrational when in fact it may be just a memory that has been blown way out of proportion.
Hypnosis will help you identify the underlying source of your phobia. Through specific techniques, a certified hypnotist will guide you into a trance-like state that will allow them to interact with the deepest reaches of your subconscious. This natural state of being is very much like what you experience when you get “lost” in a movie or in the words of a book, and you lose track of time and are unaware of your surroundings.
While you are in this state of hypnosis, your powers of concentration are heightened which your hypnotist will use to guide your focus inward. Your hypnotist can then identify what causes your fear. Your hypnotist will then plant positive suggestions in your subconscious that will change how your mind perceives that fear.
Your hypnotist will reprogram your subconscious so that the traumatic event from your past will no longer influence your life today. In doing this, your subconscious will begin to understand that it does not have to trigger a fear response when you want to drive. Through positive suggestion and visualization techniques, hypnosis will allow you to be free from your fear of driving completely and allow you to truly enjoy the full experience of the open road.