A FORMER air stewardess-turned clinical hypnotherapist has launched a new course which offers tips to nervous passengers as Brits start to think about holidaying abroad following the easing of restrictions.
Victoria Ann Spencer-Kibble, owner of Derbyshire-based VASK Therapy; who spent 13 years working on aircraft, has launched a new ‘Fear of Flying’ session for those who may have worries about boarding a plane again.
The 49-year-old, from Kings Bromley in Derbyshire, underwent intensive training organised by travel giants TUI following the 9/11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
After leaving TUI following the tragic death of husband Carl Spencer, who was leading and filming a diving documentary commissioned by the National Geographic on board the ill-fated HMS Brittanic, Victoria received RTT; a hybrid form of Rapid Hypnotherapy Treatment, which aims to quickly identify deeply embedded blocks and beliefs that stand in the way of living a healthy and vibrant life.
Impressed by the way in which RTT transformed her life, Victoria decided to train as a therapist herself and, during the most recent coronavirus lockdown, she has been helping people around the world deal with stress, anxiety, fear and addiction.
Now, as Brits start to think about taking a well-deserved summer holiday abroad, Victoria is offering sessions for individuals and groups – including those working in the travel industry – who may be feeling nervous about flying.
She said: “We do need to get back to some kind of normality after a turbulent year or so and thousands of people will be looking forward to a much-deserved holiday abroad again as soon as it is safe to do so.
“The economy needs us to start travelling more – there are still those who may need to travel abroad for work – and, having worked in the industry for 13 years, I know that the aeroplanes which have been grounded for so long will have been stripped down, everything will have been taken apart and scrutinised, making sure that they’re fit to fly again with ultimate safety.
“They (the travel experts) can’t afford for anything to go wrong and aeroplanes will be one of the safest places to be, once travel resumes.
“There will be, though, anxious people – including those who were frequent flyers before the pandemic – preparing to take to the skies again. The sessions I am holding will help overcome those anxieties; I’ll aim to break that looping thought, the overthinking, that fearful feeling of dread and make them feel comfortable and confident about flying again.
“I’ll use a combination of therapies including techniques and coping strategies which I learned and developed following the terror attacks in New York. We learned a lot about how important body language is – 55% of how we communicate is through body language – and things like how sucking your thumb means that you’re worried about something.”
Victoria is particularly keen to help children. She said: “I used to work on the First Choice flights to Lapland – it was one of my favourite flights, something which I’d look forward to every year.
“To help children overcome their fear of flying, I would carry a jar of fairy dust; glitter and tiny, shiny stars, which I would sprinkle into their hands if they were feeling nervous. Because happiness is held in the palm of the hand, it would provide a great distraction and they would feel like they were in control.”
For further details and to book a session contact Victoria on 07540 279126 or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VASKTherapy for details on how to book an appointment.
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