Hypnotherapy helps panicky learner pass driving test

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Every time 35-year-old Nikki Durrant tried to take her driving test she suffered from panic attacks – until she received hypnosis.

Nikki, from Rowardennan in Scotland, found her fear of taking the test was so severe she would burst into tears as soon as she was behind the wheel. Each time she failed a test her phobia and attacks worsened – sometimes they left her barely able to breathe.

Nikki said: "It got to the point where on my third driving test I just froze halfway through and started crying. I turned the car around and refused to go on it... On one test the instructor even slammed the brakes on before I had got out of the car park. It was horrible."

However, after failing her fourth test her husband suggested she had a session with a hypnotherapist.

After just two hours of therapy Nikki felt she was ready to take her fifth test. It turned out to be her last as she passed with flying colours.

Hypnotherapist Caroline Tyler, explained how she helped Nikki.

"She was anxious so I took her through her driving test in her head so when she did come to take it again she could associate it with a relaxed memory." Tyler also taught her breathing exercises to see her through the test.

Nikki says that being able to drive has changed her life: "Hypnotherapy has worked wonders for me, I don't think I would ever have passed my driving test without it.

"I don't normally go in for that kind of thing, but now I use it whenever I am stressed."