Poppy Jamie – TV Presenter
“Since seeing Christopher, I can honestly say he has changed my life. My anxiety levels have been substantially reduced and I now have so many new thinking techniques that I use daily. I would encourage everyone to see Christopher because he has transformed my life.”
Alex Segal – Acting Agent
“My problem was flying. I’ve had it for 10 years and it was getting progressively worse and worse. I hate heights, so being that high up felt horrific. I’d rarely fly and if I did I’d cling on for dear life the entire time and I avoided work and holiday trips that included flying. I’d find any excuse to avoid it and I had just resigned myself to not being able to fix the issue.
I knew 2 people who had worked with Chris before and they got great results, however my concern was if it would work for me.
My session was relaxed, focused and really insightful. It opened my eyes to how we are not born with anxiety – we create it – so we can remove it.
Within weeks of seeing Christopher I flew to Los Angeles and back again. 20 hours of flying with no anxiety, no worries and no fear. It was one of the best flights (twice!). I was relaxed and even enjoyed it. It was unbelievable. I never imagined that it would be possible… and it was!
Thank you Chris. You made the seemingly impossible very, very, possible!”
Dr Naheed Rana – Epidemiologist, Geneticist and Public Health Intelligence Expert
“As a scientist I was sceptical, cynical and curious, but because I have explored the scientific basis around it, I found that Christopher’s methodology has the same chemistry and chemical changes as some of the drugs do.
He combines lots of different types of psychotherapies and behavioural therapies. He isn’t a one size fits all kind of person. All of the techniques that Chris has gone through and taught me has put this amazing confidence into me.”
Jennifer Howard-Dobson – Solicitor
“I had a fear of flying, heights and lifts. It made me feel extremely anxious and stressed when put in certain situations both in my personal and professional life. My life revolved around it. I would look up buildings on Google to see how tall they were and try and avoid going to them. I wouldn’t want to talk about going anywhere abroad because it would mean I would have to fly.
I tried psychotherapy, hypnosis and CBT. The first two were useless with no change. The CBT got me into a lift, but didn’t remove much anxiety in doing so.
I was worried that it wouldn’t work and that I was basically incurable.
Working with Chris was unlike anything I had experienced before. I felt a sense of relief when I could take the lift at the end of the session with no feeling of fear or dread.
I have been on two flights – to Berlin and to Rhodes and they were absolutely fine – I have never been so relaxed on flights. I have also been in multiple lifts.
An enormous thank you to Chris for helping me.
If anybody is thinking of working with him I’d say Just go for it!”
Toby McCartney – NLP Master Trainer
“Christopher Jones is one of the best coaches and trainers that I have ever seen. He takes the basic principles, right up to the really technical stuff and really does put them into action, not only for his clients, but in his personal life and I think that shows a true genius. I can honestly say if you are looking to make a change in your life, then I can only really recommend Christopher Jones.”
Arezoo Kaviani – UK’s Leading Celebrity Beauty Therapist
“I used to be terrified of turbulence when flying, then I worked with Christopher and now I get so happy when there might be turbulence, I actually look forward to it.”
Usha Ahir – Marketing Accountant
“I had a fear when I was flying. With skydiving I was extra fearful because it seemed like quite an irrational thing to do, but I wanted to do it because it was for charity. When I came to see Chris I hadn’t slept. The techniques he did during the session got me thinking about how I would be feeling when I was in the plane and when I was just about to jump. I was much calmer after that. On the day of the skydive I wasn’t scared at all, I just did it.
Thanks very much to Chris because honestly, I don’t think I would have done it.”
Suki Waterhouse – Model, Actress, Celebrity
“Chris is always there when I need help, his methods have had a positive effect on my wellbeing.”
Rosie Bryant – Musician
“The disorder that I have is renowned for being anxiety/stress driven and of all the different treatment options that I have explored to reduce levels of stress and to manage my condition, I’ve found Chris’s to be the most effective and the work that we have done has helped enormously.
It’s something that I think everybody should try. Personally, I would not go to anyone else now. I have come across lots of very accomplished practitioners who do similar things, but what Chris does is very unique.
He has blended an array of techniques and it’s very fast and very effective. I want people to hear that what he can do can have a huge effect on their lives; I am hugely thankful for the work he has done with me.”
Joseph McClendon – Motivational Speaker and #1 Coach for Tony Robbins
“I just want to take a couple of minutes to tell everybody your programme rocks and if you get the opportunity to check out Christopher then make it happen.”
Helen Davies – Pharmaceutical Key Account Manager
“I was diagnosed with rapid cycling bi polar disorder. In one session, we got to a fundamental issue. It was quite instant. I would definitely recommend Chris, it absolutely works.”
“CHRISTOPHER IS A GREAT THERAPIST!
He worked with me on my snake phobia. I no longer have a fear of snakes. He also helped me move past my own blocks around relationships and work problems.
Having started down my new life’s path, I am happy and enthusiastic about where my life is going and what I am doing.
I often recommend Christopher to many people and will continue to do so because I believe others can benefit from the great work he does.”
Jennifer Banavidez – Dance Instructor
“Since the last time I met Chris, I’ve travelled quite a bit and have done a lot of flying. Before I met him, when I felt turbulence, especially over water, I would think about drowning. Now I don’t think about that and I feel better about flying.
If you have something uncomfortable, you take it off and this is something else just like that. Life is meant to be lived in happiness and joy and it’s about getting rid of the problem.”
Maddy Malhotra – Speaker, Coach and Author
“Christopher really walks his talk. He has a vast variety of techniques/skills/tools and a lot of practical experience which I personally had many breakthroughs with. I got rid of fears and unwanted habits. Highly commendable.”
Louise Brown – Foley Artist
“I can’t believe it, I felt a massive relief. I could talk for hours on how scared I was flying, it was terrifying. I was slightly incredulous that Christopher could remove my fear of flying phobia, because I had that for a long period of time and it stopped me going on holiday so many times.
I could have gone because it was easily fixed. If it’s stopping you taking flights, I would definitely recommend working with Christopher, because I know it didn’t take very long but, I have been able to travel and now I really love travelling. The experiences I have had since have been invaluable.”
Paul Crick – Management Consultant
“Christopher is one of the most skillful and pragmatic coach’s working in the UK today and his work with clients nothing short of outstanding.
It is fair to say that there are few others with the depth and breadth of knowledge that Christopher has accumulated, and this shows in his work with clients and the results that he helps them to achieve.”
Francesca Fowler – Actress
“Christopher Paul Jones is the person I turn to in a crisis. He is highly skilled, committed and far exceeds the standards of most. I can’t recommend him highly enough. There isn’t a problem that he can’t fix! Thank you so much Christopher for all of your help.”
Susan Lawton – Sales Manager
“I just wanted to thank you for changing my life for the better! When I came to see you I was struggling with a debilitating fear of flying that I had lived with for around 30 years! As someone who works internationally this was proving incredibly stressful and I was at the point of being forced into a career change.
I had previously tried hypnosis and airline Fear of Flying courses in order to try to alleviate my fear. I had spent over £1000.00 and sadly without success. I was not convinced you could help, despite seeing your very impressive results on You Tube.
After one hour with you I left feeling very ‘zen’ and content! On my next flight, to my great surprise, I felt so much better! I have flown tens of times since and each time I feel fine. You seem to also have cured me of my fear of heights – last week I holidayed in London and really enjoyed a trip on the London Eye with my family – I would never have got on before!
I feel more confident with life in general. Thank you so much, you have helped me beyond measure.”
“After working with Christopher on Live TV
I had a medical condition that a dentist needed to treat, but I was really bad around dentists, even the thought of going to see one made me cry, however, it got to the point where I couldn’t avoid going anymore.
I tried complete aversion which is not a very sensible and I tried self-hypnosis, but that didn’t work either.
I was skeptical at first, but I found I was hugely at ease with the whole process. The fact I can now go to the dentist speaks volumes, I’m not quite sure what Christopher did but it clearly worked. I didn’t have any of those physical or emotional reactions afterwards and in the past, I could create the fear just by the thought of going. The fear just doesn’t exist anymore.
I have been to the dentist and I’ve also been to the hygienist three times since and there’s no fear, no anxiety and I don’t cry anymore. I just want to say a huge thank you to Christopher, because letting go of this fear has given me a new lease on life.
If you have an issue that you need help with, and it doesn’t matter how long it’s been there, I highly recommend going to see him. It just gives you a new sense of freedom that you would not have had otherwise. I thoroughly recommended him.”
Kate Lloyd – Marketing Director at Vehicle Weighing Solutions Ltd
“I had a fear of flying that I’d been suffering with for over 15 years. The thought of flying would cause so much anxiety and I had been trying to push it to the back of my mind and avoid doing anything about it. Although my fear of flying had never prevented me from not boarding a flight, my holiday choices and business travel were being affected, as I would refuse to go on long haul journeys. As well as the anxiety that it caused me, it was causing a lot of stress for those travelling with me, including my partner. I was not able to enjoy any flights and in the weeks and months prior to our flight, I would become very anxious to the point of making myself feel unwell. I had never tried to face my fear of flying. I had almost accepted that it was an issue that I would have to deal with for the rest of my life.
At the end of the session I felt very confused. Considering I had gone into the appointment with a very clear idea about my fear, it was almost as though my fears had been reprogrammed into positive thoughts.
My session with Christopher was life changing. In just over one hour I fear that I had been living with and had been affecting my life significantly was removed. It’s as if I’ve been literally reprogrammed.
Just two weeks after my session with Christopher, I took a flight from London to Malaysia which lasted 14 hours. During the two weeks in Malaysia, I took three internal flights, two of which were on small light aircraft. The change in me was incredible. My partner, who usually witnesses the anxiety and stress I face, couldn’t believe the change. I was able to relax on the flight, enjoy the experience and the first step onto the plane was the beginning of our holiday. Since then I have taken many flights and I have suffered very little anxiety. In fact, on a recent holiday to Greece, even when the aircraft was diverted, I was able to stay calm.
Most recently, I have booked a business trip which requires me to take a flight by myself. The thought of this did not even bother me, which is a massive change from how I would have handled the situation prior to meeting Christopher. As well as allowing me to remove my fear of flying, I have noticed a number of other changes in the way I approach situations.
I’ve had a long-standing fear of needles, including injections and blood tests. Since my appointment with Christopher I have required both of these things, and have been able to face them with very little anxiety. My partner has commented on a number of occasions that my approach to anxious situations has changed and that I handle them in a positive way.
I would very much encourage people to work with Christopher. Since my appointment with him, I have recommended him to a number of my friends and colleagues who suffer with fears, phobias and anxiety. He has changed my life. I would like to thank Christopher for his help with what had become a long-term issue in both mine and my family’s life.”
Stephanie Buckley – Social Entrepreneur and Trainer
“As an NLP Trainer I look for the highest standards in those that I work with and receive coaching from. Chris combines many models that he has studied and developed over the years with fantastic results. He is approachable and intuitive and will get straight to the heart of your presenting problem, so be prepared for change. I highly recommend him.”
Sarah Howley – worked with Christopher on BBC Two’s Skies Above Britain
“After working with Christopher, my flight on Friday was a success! There were no tears or nervousness at all. It’s still hard to explain and I’m still trying to take it all in. The thought of going to the airport, going through security and waiting around bored me instead of making me feel nervous. When I got on the plane instead of a wave of anxiety, I felt a wave of confidence and excitement. We even had some turbulence towards the end of the flight and it didn’t bother me at all (I even smiled!!). My attitude has completely changed when turbulence happens now. If I think about turbulence I feel very laid back about it all, instead of fearing that it’s going to get worse.
After the session I think I still felt a bit confused about my thoughts on flying. I couldn’t decide if I really was feeling these emotions or if I was just making it up. Now I know for sure that I can feel confident getting on a plane and I just can’t explain how happy that makes me.”
Nick Cooke – Student of London Fashion
“Since I was young I have a had a fear of flying that had progressively got worse over years and had developed in to a living nightmare. Every time I attempted to travel somewhere that involved flying, I had found myself over recent years in such a state that I had contemplated never flying again.
Before working with Christopher I was at my worst with my fear of flying. My fear had taken over. It was intense and unbearable and I would have nightmares, panic attacks, cry, be anxious and have an overwhelming feeling of dread at the thought of flying.
The fear also meant that if I did book a holiday that involved flying, I would have to go through a lengthy process of mental and physical stress before leaving and it would mean that to be able to reach the destination, I had to overcome a huge psychological mountain beforehand and on the way back home.
Before approaching Christopher I had tried many different approaches to conquering the fear of flying, but it wouldn’t go away no matter how much I focused on ignoring it.
I had watched Christopher’s videos online and was very interested in his work.
My session was so refreshing. From the minute we started the process, I could feel change and things shifting.
The experience was an eye opener and to be able to open up and talk with clarity was so easy. My fear of flying had been broken down and it was strange, as I no longer felt this fear I had before the session, it had been removed.
I felt instantly lighter and from the moment I left, like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
A week later, I was due to fly to America. It was a nine hour flight, which before would have filled me with anxiety and dread. The most amazing thing was that I enjoyed the flight. Take off, mid air and landing had no impact on me and it was an exhilarating feeling to no longer have any irrational thoughts or fears. The flight coming home was also amazing, and I found myself taking in the breathtaking views from my window seat, which I would of never of done before, as looking outside the aircraft window used to really scare me.
My anxiety levels have also dropped in all aspects of my life. I have found more rational and clear minded thought patterns now and in general no fear. I am now in control.
For somebody thinking of working with Christopher, I would say that it has changed my life and from here onwards I do not have fear holding me back. He really gets to the root of the problem and finds a solution and a way to create movement and change in thought patterns, and for that I am truly grateful!”
Arlene Breau – Mother
“I had a fear of driving on highways for more than half of my life. I would get panic attacks when driving and felt out of control and I would have to get off the highway. I tried to deal with it by ignoring it and telling myself that this was not rationale or normal, but logic did not help. I found myself seeking back road routes to avoid getting the panic attacks. I got to the point where I couldn’t even get onto a highway.
I thought of seeking medication for this, but I didn’t want to be dependent on pharmaceuticals. I searched the internet for help and tried watching videos to help myself out of it, but again most were trying to apply logic to irrational fears.
I came upon videos by Christopher Paul Jones and decided to email him for help.
By doing Skype sessions with Chris I was able to dig deep and find the causes of what was going on for me. Now, not only can I drive on highways freely and without fear, I am actually enjoying it.
I am very glad that I did this for myself and would highly recommend Chris to anyone who wants to take control of their fears or phobias and wants to start to enjoy life more without all the stress and worry.”
Fredrik Preinfalk – Consultant, Sweden
“I came to Christopher with a fear of riding in elevators. I had the feeling of it breaking down/crashing down and every bump or sound made me tense up.
I really felt like every time I had to take the elevator would be my last day. It’s not a good feeling to have several times a day.
I tried to just keep telling my self that it will be fine, but the fear got stronger every time.
When I was thinking of working with Christopher, I was concerned as to whether it would really work on me and would it be less effective over Skype. But it was very easy and went really well.
When Christopher ‘cured’ my fear of elevators I felt so happy. It was the best feeling afterwards, like a ton of weight had been lifted of my shoulders. I have a much more relaxed state of mind. I feel like it is possible to get rid of your fear, what ever the fear might be.
Even small fears that me and Christopher didn’t work on have gone away. And that’s a nice bonus.
To get rid of fear in your life is the most awesome feeling there is.
Working with Christopher was great and I really like what he does. It feels so amazing to be able to do things I haven’t been able to do before. Living with fear is one of the worst feelings to have. It blocks you from living your life.
Robin Donaldson – PHD
“I was stuck in California with a severe flight phobia.
I had cancelled 4 flights shortly before reaching out to Chris. All 4 flights I had crippling anxiety, where I couldn’t even get out of bed on the day of the flight. My problem was severe claustrophobia, and at its worst I was very anxious even when going on a subway.
I couldn’t travel back home or go on any holidays. I’m also required to travel for my work and I had to cancel these trips! The anxiety of claustrophobia was creeping into my everyday life, and soon it wasn’t just flying that gave me panic, but also things like driving over a bridge, being on the subway, etc.
I had been using Valium for years but at its peak the Valium didn’t help. I think that the drugs can assist you with flying, but if your anxiety is strong enough, no amount of drugs can help.
I was thinking “Will this work?” and “Is it too good to be true?” I wondered how these (seemingly strange) techniques could conquer huge physical symptoms from flight anxiety, including inability to eat and insomnia in the days leading up to the flight, hot flashes, and so on, but the techniques get to the root cause and beliefs behind the anxiety, and give you tonnes of support mechanisms to combat the anxiety.
I used to dread going through tunnels, over bridges, going on the subway and of course flying. These events don’t punctuate my life anymore, and now, I don’t even think of them.
Christopher cured me after not being able to step on a plane for more than a year, I’ve since I’ve been travelling non-stop for the last 15 months, visiting 23 countries, over 40 flights, living out a suitcase,
and doing something I never thought before was possible. I’ve been twice around the world, and now I’m in Vancouver about to go over to Tokyo then Laos, Cambodia, Australia.
This *isn’t* too good to be true. It works,
Thank you SO much Chris.”
Sonal Patel – Marketing Consultant
“What makes Christopher different from other therapists is his toolkit and experience.
He doesn’t have that ‘I have a hammer so every problem is a nail’ approach that other therapists can have. The creativity and flair with which he can approach problems is second to none – which means he’s the right person to go to if you really want to get results. He’s able to quickly find out what you need to achieve, what you want and to get to the real heart of the issue.”
Jill Green – Blogger
“I had feelings of terror about an upcoming flight that seemed to come out of nowhere. I had always loved flying, though I had to admit it had become harder for me in recent years and I noticed I no longer loved it and avoided it whenever possible, even not going on vacations with friends and family. Flying felt impossibly horrendous in my mind, and I was ready to just skip my upcoming flight and miss the whole vacation. It was very distressing to be this panicked.
I used the 60 Second Panic Solution, but needed more help. I bought SOAR- a book about fear of flying. The book helped when the flight was months away, but wasn’t comforting to me in the 2 weeks before the flight, when the panic overtook me. I also purchased a Fear of Flying audio from Hypnosis Downloads. But it still didn’t make me feel “safe” after I was done doing it; only while I was doing it.
I considered Christopher’s method, but thought it wouldn’t work. Not that I thought he was unqualified, but I thought my anxiety was that big and monstrous.
However, I also felt I had nothing to lose. After working with Chris, it was wonderful, I felt so empowered. I have had to deal with anxiety and panic attacks and fear issues since childhood. So for me, I had many opportunities to practice these skills. My flight to Aruba was wonderful, it was such a delight to fly.
Absolutely, go for it, without hesitation. He is wonderful and he knows his stuff very well. ”
Vanessa Hook – Riding Centre Manager
“I had been scared of flying since my first flight aged 3 (30 years ago). Although I was able to get on a plane, it was getting to the point where I wasn’t sure how many more times I could do it. It was influencing my decision to travel. I would make excuses to not go on holidays or visit family. If I did fly, it was a seriously dramatic event for me with near unbearable levels of anxiety in the run up to the flight and during it.
I didn’t think anything could really help me. My only concern was that I was going to pour money down the drain and still be terrified of flying!!
I really enjoyed the session with Christopher, it was very relaxing and nice to spend time focusing on myself rather than others. Afterwards I felt incredibly calm and very sleepy. I have flown to Cyprus and back and behaved like a different person during both flights. I actually enjoyed the experience. I was very surprised by how easily I managed to control my anxiety. I also feel as if I could apply the same techniques to my fear of snakes. I would highly recommend Christopher and tell people to embrace his techniques because they really do work!
I only wish I had met Christopher sooner because he has changed my life for the better, and I will be taking flying lessons soon.”
“I had Fear of Flying for 31 years, which appeared after the birth of my first child.
Living in Australia with a daughter living in London, we need to travel. My husband and family love to travel, often going on numerous flights every year, so I was always living with dread of the next flight. There were 3 instances I got to the airport but couldn’t get on the plane, so everyone went without me and I went home. The photos from those trips still hurt because I wasn’t there with them. Every flight I did manage was filled with anxiety and fear. I once said to my husband that “getting on that plane was like walking in front of a firing squad”.
I had tried QANTAS FOF courses twice, saw a Psychologist for months, tried Hypnotherapy, read numerous books, listened to tapes, watched DVDs, tried tapes and even prescription drugs and alcohol. I used relaxation exercises and breathing (which helped me relax but didn’t last), and while one of these helped me get on the plane but I was always anxious on the flight looking at my watch every 2 minutes. I was often crying for most of the flight, having panic attacks and having to take very strong sleeping tablets to knock myself out. I felt there was no hope for me being able to beat it, so I was constantly living with this black cloud. I was preoccupied with ‘my Fear of Flying’ because it was a huge part of my life.
I had tried so many things over the years I was sceptical anything could work, however my session with Christopher was empowering.
I was amazed how I was conscious, talking to him and taking on board what to do, but also felt like I was in another state of mind. I was very peaceful after the process, and I realised my feelings towards flying had changed. I hadn’t felt like this since my 20s, when I used to get excited by travel and flying somewhere new.
Now, I feel a lot calmer with a new level of energy. My sister and other people have commented on me being happier. I laugh more. I am enthusiastic about things I have been putting off. I have booked flights and trips (something I would always leave up to my husband and pretend it wasn’t happening) and I am not at all worried by them, but instead I’m looking forward to them.
If you have a phobia or anxiety that is interfering in your life and stopping you from enjoying life, Christopher can help you to overcome it.
I know it worked for me after trying everything, because I couldn’t even think about flying without getting physically sick. I have now booked flights and I’m actually looking forward to them and planning more. My mindset is totally different from before my session with Chris. I no longer have the weight of the next flight in front of me all the time.
This was the first time in 31 years I flew without fear, anxiety, panic, nausea, crying or any of the other horrible experiences I always associated with flying. I was actually laughing!!
Thanks, so much Christopher, you’ve changed my life.”
W.Kissinger – USA
“I had a fear of flying and having panic attacks on a plane and I felt like I would never be able to overcome it. I wanted to visit different places with my family but was always reluctant because that would mean flying. I had tried so many things to get over it including fear of flying courses, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and medicine, but nothing lasting effect.
After working with Christopher over Skype, I felt very relaxed and absolutely amazing. I felt so different in a good way. Now when thinking of flying, I no longer get nervous at all and in addition I have noticed my generalised anxiety has significantly reduced.
If you have tried other things and found limited to no success, then you have to meet with Christopher. I’m blessed to have met him.”
Mandy Collins – Holistic Therapist
“If you agree and accept that the conscious and subconscious minds are two separate things, read on. Since working with Chris, I have gained insights into me as a person and a better understanding of myself. I am very analytical, I guess that’s why I find dealing with certain things hard. I have to be able to understand and reason. The methodology that Chris uses, means that my logical mind cannot get involved with the process and this in turn is platinum dust, because my ability to analyse is neutralised.
Chris is approachable, non judgemental, empathic, very easy to talk to and you get the sense immediately that you can trust him. This was important, as for me a least, my fear was not about what I originally thought, it was something completely different and being able to open up and speak freely was really paramount in facing the fears I had.
He has a knack of asking the right questions and challenging the way your thought processes work. His unique approach and level of knowledge is unquestionable and all of the techniques he employs come together to bring amazing results in a ridiculously fast time.
Quite simply…….IT WORKS!! In my personal experience, the most surprising thing is that I cannot even remember the details of why or what I was actually scared of in the first place.
Chris adapts to you, as opposed to you having to adapt to him. His aim is to get to the root of the problem as fast as possible and deal with it, and that is exactly what he does.
I have worked with counsellors and coaches and I can honestly say that I have never even come close to getting the outcomes and results that I have had working with Chris. My experience has been unlike anything I have ever done before.
After our sessions finish I can actually feel the void in my mind, it’s like a computer memory that has had a virus removed and all of the corrupted files have been deleted. I have worked with Chris over a number of sessions. Some people have one issue, for others it’s like peeling an onion. I am the latter. One thing I am absolutely certain of, with each layer that is permanently removed, it takes me one step closer with getting to the core what my real issue is.
Chris speaks fluent subconscious, he is a master!!”
Emily Margaret Austen – Talent Agent
“I had a few problems that I wanted to work out with Chris. The first was a fear of flying and the second was anxiety that derived from a stressful job. I was highly strung and experiencing panic attacks that I couldn’t control. It was beginning to affect my working life.
I was terrified of getting on a plane. I was beginning to psych myself up more and more about the idea of having to get on a plane. Journeys were incredibly uncomfortable, and I was on edge the whole time. I was unable to control my mind and kept running away with worst case scenarios.
Anxiety was preventing me from being able to do my job properly. I was constantly fearful that something was going to go wrong and I was finding it increasingly difficult to make decisions about really small, seemingly insignificant things, because my mind was so clouded. I was isolating myself and feeling worried and anxious all the time and was really unhappy in my life. I really wanted to fix it, but I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen. I was caught in a cycle of feeling depressed about everything.
Seeing Chris was the best thing I ever did, because I think I was using excuses to mask certain things. The time with Chris forced me to remove the mask and confront things head on; it felt like a cleanse or a detox.
I used to look at planes in the sky and feel sick, but I don’t have that sensation any longer. Chris taught me techniques to stop me getting to a point where I was on the way to having a panic attack. He has also been a constant source of support.
He is trained and experienced at what he does. The most reassuring thing is that Chris does not tell you what your problems are. He has numerous techniques that allow you to reach the destination of your problem yourself.
Chris has actually changed my life. I’m so grateful to have met him, and I honestly wish more people had the chance to work with him. I am so much happier now, and I’ve learnt a huge amount about why I respond to things in the way that I do. Self discovery is important, and Chris has been instrumental in helping me realise that.”
Helen Cuthbertson – Teacher
“After working with Christopher, I felt 100% fine about the lead up to my flight. All was well and I was even able to grab a nap! I was there and was relaxed enough to take a shot whilst enjoying the view. The weekend was lovely in Denmark and I didn’t once dread the flight back. I appeared calm and relaxed according to my husband, and didn’t once look worried and once landed, I felt 100% happy to book another flight and do it all again!! It was my first flight in 10 years and it felt fantastic. I could visit countries again (beyond France ). Thank you so much – I honestly could not have done it without you. Hugely appreciate all your efforts, it’s changed everything for myself and my family and our future holidays!”
“I had been married 2 years, but hadn’t had a honeymoon because of my fear of flying.
Chris is a fantastic and genuine man who truly helped me. I had a huge phobia of flying and since seeing him last year I’ve travelled 3 times, and will be going abroad again very soon. I done a lot of research and was very sceptical at first, but quickly realised that Chris was genuine. Thanks Chris, you’re brilliant at what you do.”
Emmy Griffiths – Hello Magazine
I have never liked flying much, but after an especially bumpy journey last year my usual discomfort developed into a full-blown phobia. Although my rational mind knew I was completely safe, the anxiety I felt as I sat on the aircraft was a feeling I never wanted to experience again. As such, even the shortest flight became a deeply unpleasant experience for me as I anticipated that terror hitting me, a feeling I am certain many others who feel uncomfortable flying are very familiar with. As such, ahead of a 12-hour flight, I booked myself to have a two-hour session with celebrated fear coach Christopher Paul Jones, the Breakthrough Expert, in the hope that he could help me out. This is what I learned, and how it can also help you learn to control your fear on flights ahead of the holidays….
Just four days after my session with Christopher, I boarded a 12-hour flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flight would include two hours gliding over the Atlantic Ocean, before flying over Canada and the whole east coast of the US before eventually landing at my destination for my week-long trip. In the days leading up to the flight, I will admit I let my head get the better of me. What if it didn’t work? What if I totally fell to pieces on the flight? The next morning at the airport though, I felt an unusual sense of calm going through customs, took my seat quite happily and chatted away with my friends as the flight took off (which I didn’t give a second thought about).
During the journey, I watched films without pausing them (something I usually do so I can listen intently to anything going wrong), didn’t freeze while turbulence bumped us as I usually did, and didn’t have to try not to think about what could go wrong as I usually did, because I simply wasn’t thinking about it at all. In fact, I met the whole journey with a state of calm that I wouldn’t have been able to manage on a one-hour flight three months ago. There was one bit of a bumpy ride when a slight dash of panic washed over me – but it was tame, so tame compared to what I used to be like that I couldn’t recommend reaching out for help with your fears more!
Can hypnotherapy cure anxiety and panic attacks on the Tube?
Liz Connor – London Evening Standard
Two years ago, when I boarded a Piccadilly Line train from Earls Court to Leicester Square at rush hour, half way between Knightsbridge and Green Park, the packed tube train pulled to a standstill in a section of the tunnel.
As we patiently waited for the train to move along, the driver announced that a passenger had been taken ill on the train in front of us, explaining that we may be stuck in the tunnel for some time while the paramedics dealt with the situation.
It was only a minute later when I felt the train switch off around me, and I became acutely aware of the fact that we were underground with very little space to move.
Before I could register my own thoughts, I felt a sudden surge of panic swell through my body as I became all too aware of the fact I was trapped underground, in a busy crowd of strangers.
I struggled to breathe, my hands started shaking and it felt as though the train was closing in around me. In one minute I’d gone from calm to having an uncontrollable panic attack.
I had lived in London for nine years and been on countless trains that had pulled to a standstill with no problem, so as you can imagine, this overwhelming loss of control came as a distressing surprise to me.
If you’ve experienced Tube panic before, it can feel like you’re the only person that’s suffering and even worse, like you’re going crazy. With the additional fear of panic, the basic act of journeying to and from work can be an exhausting and unbearable ordeal.
Unwilling to be deterred by this debilitating new development, I decided to see if Hypnotherapy could help.
I’d read that Christopher Paul Jones, a Harley Street Hypnotherapist, had positive results working with people who had a fear of travelling Underground, and could relieve my anxiety in just one or two sessions.
I had no idea what to expect and if, like me, you’re a newbie, you’re probably imagining swinging pocket watches and being put into a deep sleep. Neither of these things happened.
What Chris does is scramble the brain’s thoughts using a combination of CBT, EMDR, clinical Hypnotherapy and NLP practices. Doing so he creates new, healthy patterns of thinking that stop anxious thoughts from taking over.
The sessions themselves last around an hour, starting with a brief chat with Chris about my fear and where it might have begun. The process of mental training that follows is bizarre, confusing and strangely calming – almost like being in a trance.
As we move through the exercises, Chris asks me to rate my fear on a scale of 1 to 10 and each time I revisited the scenario, the fear surprisingly becomes less palpable.
I’ll admit, I was sceptical at first, but hypnotherapy seems to have agreed with me. I can take the train every day now and no longer feel like I have to avoid the Underground.
How I Overcame My Fear of Needles Without Having to Go Near One
Morgane Le Caer – PopSugar Magazine
I have had a phobia of needles ever since I was a little girl. The mere thought of them would make my heart rate increase, give me panic attacks, and make me faint. Over the years, I’ve been told countless times to stop “acting like a baby” and “toughen up,” but the truth is, getting over a phobia simply doesn’t happen overnight — and being shouted at and mocked definitely doesn’t help either.
I’ve thought numerous times about going to see someone to help me “cure” it, but I never really knew where to start. Was it even possible? When I was approached by Christopher Paul Jones about the possibility of curing my phobia, although I was sceptical and cynical, I was also incredibly curious.
All I knew about him and his technique was that he wouldn’t be forcing me to be exposed to needles, and that was enough for me to agree to a meeting. After all, I had nothing to lose.
With his method, Christopher helped me pinpoint where my phobia was coming from and gave me tools to help reduce my anxiety levels.
I was relieved to see that his office didn’t look anything like a doctor’s surgery. During our two-hour appointment, Christopher used a combination of advanced skills from a number of methods of coaching, therapy, and change work. He helped me pinpoint where my phobia was coming from (which he calls a trigger point), and he also gave me tools to help reduce my anxiety levels. But what perhaps struck me the most was that Christopher never made me feel like a fool for being scared of needles.
While I didn’t have to actually come face to face with needles, the session brought back painful childhood memories, which is something that I hadn’t anticipated. I cried a lot, but Christopher was very patient, and finally addressing those feelings was absolutely worthwhile.
Needles don’t seem to paralyse me the way they used to, however, I still feel uncomfortable at the idea of going for a blood test.
The whole process was eye opening, and finally understanding where my phobia comes from has been a huge help in trying to control it. I was also able to leave with some great tools that have come in handy whenever I start to panic, and although the process was emotionally draining, I wouldn’t think twice about doing it again.
Tried and Tested
Liz Parry – Your Living Health
Our tester visited Christopher Paul Jones, also known as The Breakthrough Expert, to seek some help with her anxiety. Here’s how she got on.
As someone who struggles with anxiety, I jumped at the chance to try out a sample session with Christopher. Having seen a video of him curing a woman’s flying phobia in just seven minutes I had high hopes when I met with him at his Harley Street office.
Christopher put me at ease straight away as we chatted about my anxiety and how it affects my everyday life. During our two-hour consultation he used a mixture of different techniques to get to the root of my issues and his approach was professional yet fun. I often found myself giggling at the strangeness of some of his methods but afterwards they made a lot of sense.
Using hypnotherapy, Christopher guided me into a light trance and asked me to recall my earliest experience of anxiety. A memory from my childhood immediately popped up. He then encouraged me to relive the experience in full detail, recalling the emotions and feelings it triggered. Then, using different techniques such as Neuro Linguistic Programming and Emotional Freedom Technique, he worked at removing the emotional stressors that trigger my anxiety. When I was asked to relive the experience again I was fascinated to realize that I felt none of the original fear and panic.
After bringing me back from the trance, Christopher explained that his approach is to identify the body and brain “wiring” that leads to the creation of negative or unhelpful thinking patterns. It’s these negative patterns that reinforce real or imagined threats in our neurology. Once the emotional stressors have been altered, the body no longer reacts the way it used to, effectively removing the stress or anxiety.
Travelling home after our consultation I felt notably relaxed and calm. Christopher had given me a whole range of techniques to use if I felt myself getting anxious again and I now feel a lot more confident and prepared to deal with life’s challenges.
Read the full article here (page 50)
What happened when I tried to cure my haemophobia
Sarah Williams – Netdoctor
I had a phobia of blood. As a vegetarian since the age of six, a rare steak and talk of raw meat at the dinner table had been enough to do it, but so had simply being told a gruesome story.
In between those moments are shades of fear; apprehension that kept me from attending certain events, the near misses and daily flinches at stimuli as small as walking past a butcher’s or reading a blood-filled paragraph – the anxiety manifesting as physical pain in my body.
Technical terms aside, sitting in Chris’s office is a mental whirlwind. It’s intense – but at the end of the session I feel lighter. Layers of physical tension have peeled away, and the heavy memories that had lurked just below my vision seemed somehow dispersed. The tears too were gone. While at the start I was choked with emotion just describing my fears, afterwards I found myself talking calmly about the potential stimuli I could encounter, which no longer seemed to frighten me.
For me, the greatest realisation was accepting that my phobia stemmed from a real, very scary encounter as a child, but that my response back then need not govern my reactions today. I left Chris’s office I felt bolstered. So am I cured? I think I might well be.
The sting has been removed from many scenarios that would have scared me. That doesn’t mean I now love the sight of blood, and I’ll not be visiting an abattoir any time soon. But now when I stare that steak squarely in the rib eye, it doesn’t hurt me. I’m safe. And it feels great.
Can you cure a lifelong phobia?
Nikki Garnett – Midlife Chic
For as long as I can remember I have been afraid of birds. Even if I am in an open space, my heart pounds, I go hot and my hands tingle. If I am in a more enclosed space such as an alleyway, I have a complete adrenalin reaction which is usually flight (ironic) rather than fight. It causes endless embarrassment to whoever is walking with me and great entertainment to passers-by.
The idea of being in a completely enclosed space with a bird is unthinkable. Each Spring, nesting jackdaws come down our chimneys and luckily, I have never been in the room. If I had been, I truly believe that my heart would have stopped. It is something I start to worry about from February onwards. However, the most limiting part of my phobia has always been the fact that it extends to eating birds. I don’t eat chicken, turkey or anything else that was originally feathered.
That session with Christopher took about 2 hours and at the end of it we went into the square across the road to test my progress. I managed to walk through the pigeons without flinching. It was very odd. Later that evening I noticed that I didn’t even react when a pigeon flew up in front of me in the enclosed space of Paddington Station.
… and yes – I did eat chicken, here’s the proof!
Do I recommend the experience?
Yes I do wholeheartedly. As you have seen from my experience, you need to be open to uncovering memories and feelings that have been buried for a long time. Like me, you may even find that you actually have two phobias that are connected but need to be treated separately.
The whole experience has been really interesting and taught me a lot about myself. It has made me think a lot about how busy I always am and the impact it might have on my own family. I’m vowing to be more ‘present’ even when I have a lot on.
Talking Through Therapies
Jackie John – Mum’s and Dad’s Magazine
When a quarter of all people seem to have anxiety, a whole culture of services and personnel appear, who want to rush to the rescue of us poor sufferers. It becomes impossible to distinguish between the genuine professionals and the charlatans, which is a source of worry in itself.
The waiting lists for CBT which is available on the NHS, have become so long that you’re likely to have died of natural causes before you can even have an initial consultation. Of course, even if you are one of the lucky few who finally manages to tear their way through and gain access to an NHS-provided or private ‘talking therapy’, (an umbrella term which covers methods such as CBT and mindfulness), the therapy you receive is likely to be delivered by an exhausted or indifferent counsellor, who presumes you will fit ideally into their mould of a mental health patient, and fires their own ideas at you until you wearily concede that you feel much better.
That was always my experience anyway, and after spending several years on the Mental Health Hamster Wheel of strictly followed protocols, generic platitudes and ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatments, I decided to try something a little different. So, I found myself on the first sunny morning of February navigating my way to Harley Street, historic home of medical excellence.
I was on my way to see Christopher Paul Jones.
I settled myself into a Freudian-style armchair, and prepared to be unimpressed, as I usually am. I had come, ostensibly, to have my fear of flying cured.
The Breakthrough Expert is well known for providing almost impossibly fast relief from specific phobias such as flying, spiders, and lifts. I had decided to let this be the focus of our session, not wanting to throw my whole cocktail of phobias and anxieties all over someone who only had an hour to work with me.
It was clear to me that, whatever else he might be, Christopher was a supremely intuitive people-reader, something which I had felt was severely lacking in any other therapist or doctor I had seen.
As anyone who’s ever sat in that slightly uncomfortable position opposite a therapist, counsellor, GP, psychiatrist or other breed of ‘curer’ will tell you – the first step towards building any kind of confidence in the person whom you hope will provide you with a magic cure to your problems, is simply believing that they understand what on earth the problem is. Christopher was the first person to really fill me with this confidence. After that first ‘eureka’ moment, I decided to trust whatever obscure treatment he thought fit to thrust at me.
Christopher’s methods are as unconventional as the man himself. Curled over in a chair which feels much too small for his larger-than-life personality, he eschews the more traditional protocol of CBT in favour of a whole cocktail of techniques, which lead to the name of his method – The Integrated Change System. Of course, there are still elements of CBT there, but there is also clinical hypnotherapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (which involves blending the emotional and logical halves of your brain until they essentially get confused and let go of the worry), timeline techniques, and positive associations.
Every session is uniquely tailored to the person on the metaphorical couch (it’s actually a particularly cosy recliner) – and if a particular method seems to be working well, then more time is spent on that, and if something clearly doesn’t work it is quickly ditched.
I had never expected to be told to imagine my ‘anxiety voice’ as that of Donald Duck – and I absolutely loved it. I agree wholeheartedly with Chris’s notion that you can’t be afraid of the ridiculous. Making your fears ludicrous and laughable really does help to get rid of them. In fact, the whole approach of throwing humour at a problem to make it go away was one which hugely appealed to me, and I was overjoyed to find a professional who supported and embraced my own way of looking at my anxieties with an element of entertainment.
About halfway through our time, the idea of yoga was mentioned. Of course, it was. Involuntarily, I executed my well-practised eye roll which I always whip out at the barest mention of third wave coping strategies.
“I didn’t think you’d like that,” came the genial guffaw, “You’re a bit of a cynic, aren’t you?” said Christopher.
Not any more, Christopher, not any more…
How I Conquered my Fear of Flying
Bazaar’s deputy editor Lydia Slater tackles her phobia head on.
For my daughters, our forthcoming trip to Botswana was a source of such excitement, they could barely sleep for weeks. I was unable to sleep either; but from terror rather than anticipation. The possible joys of seeing lions and leopards in their natural habitat paled in comparison with my dread of flying overnight in economy on a notoriously turbulent route.
My nightly fits of panic became so bad that my husband urged me to cancel the trip. I used to be an intrepid traveller who relished long-haul journeys; but ever since having children, my fear of flying had grown steadily worse. I sought professional help with hypnotherapy sessions and even went on BA’s flying course. Both times, my symptoms receded, only to reassert themselves with even greater force.
Any flight would be preceded by weeks of worrying; I obsessed about travelling on unlucky dates or sitting in the wrong seat. As I boarded, my palms would be sweating, and the slightest jolt would have me weeping in terror, or self-medicating from the flight trolley. I never slept on an overnight flight in case me shutting my eyes would be the cue for the pilot to do the same. And I could feel my world shrinking around me, as I obstinately opted for staycations and turned down work opportunities because they involved international travel.
I was determined not to waste the thousands of pounds we had spent on our flights to Africa, so as a last resort, I turned to Christopher Paul Jones (aka the Breakthrough Expert) who has a Harley Street-based practice, where he uses a combination of techniques to tackle persistent phobias.
By this stage, my fear had become so acute that I didn’t even want to discuss it and put off the sessions several times. When I did finally make it, I found myself crying as I described my problem. Part of what made it so distressing for me is that I was fully aware, thanks to the BA course, of how statistically safe flying is, so consequently, as well as being terrified, I also felt stupid.
Chris asked me to think about a bumpy flight while looking from left to right and back again, following the motion of a pen he was holding. The oddest, and most effective intervention, however, was when he asked me to stand up and allow my subconscious to indicate to him that it was listening – I was not to do anything consciously. I stood there, feeling rather silly, but gradually felt my body swaying forwards to indicate ‘yes’, and back for ‘no’. He then asked me to re-live a flight from Russia, taken when I was seven years old, that I had previously never thought of as particularly traumatic. However, the holiday itself, in pre-glastnost Moscow, had been highly stressful and Chris believed that this might be the source of my phobia. Once again, as I imagined the events as if from above and behind, he attempted to persuade my childhood self that the plane was a refuge, rather than a source of peril, and that it would be taking me back home to a place of safety.
Had it worked? My body swayed forwards. Were there other flights we needed to think about? I felt myself leaning backwards. I wanted to giggle, but my subconscious self had spoken, so who was I to argue? I left feeling euphoric about the prospect of seeing big cats in the wild. The next day, we all flew to Botswana. The flight was pretty bumpy. In fact, the plane ran into three storms on the way; but I wasn’t aware of them, as I slept through the night. No big deal for most people; but for me, it was a minor miracle, and it’s still working.
See full article here
Oh Comely Magazine
By Alice Snape
Working Christopher Paul Jones
Fear, pigeons and letting go; could hypnotherapy really cure a life-long fear of birds?
I am the girl who is scared of pigeons. I have always been that girl, as far back as I can remember. Who would I be without I be without that fear? My fear of pigeons is so ingrained in my being, that without it I could stumble across all sorts of trouble. My fear keeps me safe. It envelops me, it helps me negotiate my world.
All these thoughts are rushing thoughts my mind as I sit down in the hypnotherapist’s chair in a simple white room. Just me and him, and the two chairs. You know the kind that look like they are made for a therapist’s room.
That morning, I was tired and reluctant to go – even though I’d been thinking about hypnotherapy for years. Now it was about to happen, I just wasn’t sure I could deal with the consequences.
“What is the best possible outcome of this session?” he asks me. His tone is soothing, I instantly feel calm – I am okay.
“I want to be able to walk down the street without having to cross the road, or else embarrassing the people I am with by screaming. I live in London; they’re unavoidable – those rats with wings – and I’d love to be able to sit calmly in a park and eat my lunch, not cower indoors. But I don’t – under any circumstances – want to be a bird lady. I don’t want to seek them out,” I tell him. “That person, that is not me.”
I tell him about my earliest memories of being terrified of pigeons and when I start recounting a moment when my best friend Danielle pushed me into her aviary and locked me in, (I was about six years old) – my hand unintentionally lifts up to my face. “Is that the bird?” he asks. “I think so,” I tell him. I hadn’t even realized my hand was aggressively hovering by my face. My whole body is tense, rigid.
The light of his pen starts moving back and forth. My eyes try to keep up. I struggle to keep
that tired feeling away. “Don’t fight it,” he tells me. I briefly panic about losing control, but
then my eyes flick shut and my head flops on to the back of the chair.
I’m in a strange semi-awake state. I know where I am, yet, as he tells me to go back to that moment, I am also my six-year-old self standing in that aviary. I am terrified. He asks me to float above myself, and talk to my child self. I can feel the words coming out of my mouth; they flow out and I can’t stop them. I am in some strange dreamlike trance: “There’s nothing to be scared of, nothing’s going to happen. There’s nothing to be scared of, nothing’s going to happen.”
The therapist made me realize that what I had felt back then was fight or flight panic. As a six year old, I thought I was in real danger and my body reacted as such. And that’s when all the so-called truths of my life slowly started to unravel, realized that most of my fears and anxieties have been based on that one moment in my life, when I thought I was in danger. How absurd it seems to base all of your truths around what you believed to be true when you were just six years old. Fear, for the most part, isn’t based on reality. A moment that I’ve never really thought about properly has shaped the person I have become.
The whole session lasted around two hours, and my memories of it are hazy. I revisited many different moments from my life when my fear has taken over my rational mind, and re-assessed, rising above myself and telling myself that it would all be okay. I left that room without my fear. I’ve had Cognitive Behavioral Therapy before, but what Hypnotherapy made me realize is that my anxieties are not based on logic. Being formed in my irrational mind, to rid myself of them, I needed to travel to a different part of my brain. It revealed so much about me and all my past experiences. It was really such a liberating experience.
After the session I sat on a park bench, not truly believing that I could share a space with those birds. But I could. I heard a pigeon flap by. That wing flap and coo that used to fill me with dread now takes me to a happier place. I even smile as a bird flies over my head.
Now – weeks later – my indifference is a relief. My dread has been replaced by hope. Hope that my path will cross a pigeon to test my new self. Will I scream, shout and cross the road? No! I can now sit on a bench as one scuttles by my feet. I can watch it fly overhead without ducking. I can eat my lunch in the park.
Yesterday, I felt sympathy towards a bird trying to eat something off the floor in the station – I can’t believe I am inside with a bird and I am fine. I even saw fear in its little eyes, a poor small pigeon who just wanted its lunch. And, dare I say it, his face looked rather sweet. Removing my own fear has made me see theirs – they’re scared of us, and those birds are not out to get me as I used to believe.
Now, I am still not saying that I want to be the lady in the park covered in birds, I don’t think I want one eating out of my hands, but strangely I enjoy their company.
Alice Snape was hypnotized by Christopher Paul Jones in his Harley Street clinic.