Monday, 16 July 2012

Which treatment is best - Counselling?

Continuing from our series looking at different things people have told us they have tried to beat their fear of flying.  As far as we are concerned, this phrase still applies:

'There is no best therapy - just the one(s) that work for you!'
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This blog, we are going to look at counselling.  Up front, we want to say this:  Counselling is such a small word for such a massive area - there are so many different types of counselling help and training available 'out there'. This blog will only scrape the surface in answer to the question, 'Which treatment is best - counselling?'


By the way, we have noticed that sometimes people have a negative view of cousellors as well meaning retired people simpering over you with a 'there there occasionally!'  This is far from the case.  The regulations and requirements to be a recognised counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy are very involved. You have to provide a lot of evidence of good practice to get 'signed off.'


Some people only consult when divorce, redundancy, bereavement or something shocking happens.  This is a more immediate and pressing need to be helped - but counselling is not a one session solution.    Here is a definition:

BACP Definition of Counselling

Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.
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There are many different forms of counsellor and we are not going to attempt to explain them all away in one blog! Like we said earlier, there are too many...  It takes counsellors years to train up. Although you may see counselling courses advertised for one year, that will only be to a certain level. In fact, it is never ending the learning journey of a counsellor as one course leads into another then another. Plus, a required part of the training is to receive counselling yourself.  Many members of the BACP may have received up to 5-10 years counselling themselves. 

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So how does counselling help with fear of flying?

Counselling can be enormously helpful for fear of flying provided you have time.  We find that a lot of our clients have other fears aside from fear of flying.  They may also suffer from general anxiety too. Counselling can help with anxieties as you will approach your problems in a thorough but more gradual fashion. It can help people to achieve a life free of anxiety altogether. Fear of flying can be part of a programme of treatment to help an individual face a whole host of self limiting beliefs and fears.   Also, as the counsellor has been through their own therapy, they tend to be very supportive and non-judgemental. 

We are going to look at a few other treatments we have heard about that people have tried before they come to us or in tandem with us.


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Announcement - refresher course:

We sometimes get asked by previous clients if they come back and see us again. They have been quite happily flying for several years and have noticed 'it' coming back.  We see beating a fear of flying as a process and there is no shame in getting a top-up.  We are offering a massively discounted one off special.  Next Luton 26th August, £120 inc VAT, refreshments and flight.  This is for people that have been to us before and can only be booked through the office on 01423 714900.
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Future dates:
London Luton 26th August
Birmingham 14th October
Manchester 11th November (Both adult and kid’s course)
Gatwick 18th November (Both adult and kid’s course)
Edinburgh 25th November
Southampton 2nd December
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Leeds Bradford 13th January 2013
Newcastle 3rd February 2013
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Take care

Paul & Richard

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