Overcome


Your Driving


Fear


Phobia or 


Anxiety 


with


Michael J Stanhope



Expert Driver Trainer

&

Certified NLP

Practitioner



07496 184 021


0800 612 89 23


info@mjdrivingschool.co.uk




Some Comments From  Previous Clients



"This isTruly Transformational"



"My Fear has

Now Become a Pleasure!"



"The swift progress I have made from the benefits of the techniques learned has been exciting and wonderful to experience"



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"In no time at all, Michael's training sessions transformed my approach to driving in a way I didn't

think was at all possible!"



"A truly unique approach and a fantastic trainer and mentor whom I highly recommend to anyone!"


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"I carried a fear and anxiety in general which was massive with driving for nearly 40 years!

Now, after a few sessions with Michael I can happily drive anywhere, anytime and with confidence! My wife and family love it and they don't suffer anymore either. They have commented that I am much calmer, happier and more confident in general as well as happily and safely driving them all over England.

If you have any type or level of anxiety, fear or phobia take my advice and do this - it works! It has changed my life!

I love it! Thank you very much"



"Now...I actually 'like and enjoy' driving - and I never thought

i would say that!"



"Within no time

at all Michael changed my way of thinking about driving, has removed the fear of driving and actually made me happy about any journey and the prospect of driving"



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"I have gone from being a nervous driver to a relaxed driver, I feel confident and safe in all situations and driving is now a real pleasure"



"Michael fixed my fear of driving and at the same time he has addressed other confidence issues in my life, low self esteem and self doubt leaving me full of energy, confidence and finding my love for life again"





 

"Now, thanks to Michael's expertise I am 100% confident in my driving and have been offered another job that involves and requires driving - and I'm ready and happy!"

 


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"Michael is simply

by far the best driving instructor that I have had the good fortune to come across.

I wouldn't hesitate

to recommend him

to anyone with driving anxieties or phobias - he really will make a difference"


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"I cannot recommend Michael highly enough - give him a ring and you will never look back!"



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"I am amazed at how much I have changed with 4 sessions.

I was very skeptical

& could not believe that it would work

on me, but it did!

I am now confident, happy & actually enjoy driving!"



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"I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael to anyone who wants to be a great and confident driver"



"I wanted to thank you massively - I have now been happily and confidently driving for over 6 months now - everywhere!




"Your driving techniques, NLP and other techniques have hugely helped and I recommend you to anyone that wants any help with driving, anxieties or confidence building"


 


"I would recommend these sessions to anybody as they really work"


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"I had previously tried  everything from hypnotherapy and a course of CBT which didn't work and I became convinced of my restricted future.


I then found Michael on internet searches and in 6 sessions Michael properly identified the real issues (in my mind) surrounding the fears and anxietyies and he coached and trained me back to fast roads and motorways.


I am now driving confidently and I am practically a much better, safer driver"



Michael J Stanhope

 

BA(Hons)

 

DVSA Grade A

Driver Trainer

 

Certified NLP

Practitioner

 

Diploma in

Driving Instruction

 

DIA Diamond

 

DSA ADI Grade 6

 

IAM



Contact Michael:


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0800 612 89 23


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Overcome Driving Phobias, Fear of Driving, Driving Anxiety and Nerves

 

 

Are you looking for help with any fears, phobia, nerves or anxieties with driving?

 

 

Dont Worry! Dont Fear! Help is Here!

 

Changing Anxious, Nervous Drivers In To

Naturally Very Good, Confident, Safe Drivers

 

 

If you are suffering or have any issues with phobias, anxiety, fear of driving or nerves related to driving we will be happy to help you. We can provide help for any of the following:

 

Driving Phobias - Fear of Driving - Driving Anxiety - Panic Attacks while Driving.

Lost or Lack of Confidence with Driving. Problems or Lack of Confidence following a Motoring Accident.

 

We can also help with General Lack of Confidence, Anxieties, Low Self Esteem that is not connected to driving

 

Follow this link if your looking for help with driving test nerves

 

 

Our driving school has two specialist driving instructors who have studied and trained extensively driving, driving behaviour, the mind and how it works, anxieties and phobias, and have additional qualifications to help you achieve the change you need to become safe and confident driving, anywhere, anytime

 

We provide specialist training courses which are individually tailored to each persons issues, anxieties or phobias.

 

Both have additional qualifications in mind training, NLP, hypnotherapy as well as many additional qualities and experiences that have successful helped hundreds of people who were previously anxious or phobic about driving or related matters

 

Michael Stanhope BA(Hons)

DSA ADI Grade 6

Certified NLP Practitioner

DHP and DCMT

DVSA Grade A Trainer

Diploma DI

DIA Diamond

IAM

 

Liam Dent DHP, DNLP

DSA ADI

NLP Master Practitioner

Therapy & Hypnotherapy

Certified Wellness Coach

 

07720 396 100

 

 

info@mjdrivingschool.co.uk

 

 

Transformational Training

 

 

Read Some Recent Testimonials

 

 

We provide specialist driver training - two highly experienced and very qualified driving instructors that will totally transform how you drive and how you feel with driving, whether you are a full licence holder with experience and later gained anxieties and fears or a novice / learner driver who is very anxious or nervous about learning or while learning

 

We both use top quality expert driver training, along with using NLP techniques, hypnotherapy and mind training techniques, can massively help you overcome driving nerves, driving phobias, driving anxieties and panic attacks.  

 

Using our combined driver training expertise, along with varying techniques gained from being a Qualified and Certified NLP Practitioner, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Complete Mind Training we can help you overcome your fears and phobias and become a successful, confident, safe and intuitive driver.  

 

The Reviews at the bottom of this page are for the specialist work of anxiety training - the Facebook linked to this website is just for the regular driving school learners 

 

We provide this specialist work for both full licence holders and learner drivers. Both full licence and provisional licence holders will work through the same type an style of sessions with me - a mix of driver training, NLP, mind training and hypnotherapy

 

We don't personally provide regular driving lessons for learner drivers due to the demand of this specialist work however if you do want good driving lessons by quality driving instructors trained by Michael follow this link:  driving lessons Leeds

 

 

We are fully Licensed Practitioners of NLP. Certified by “Evolve NLP” which is endorsed by “The International Institute for Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology and Hypnosis”.

 

We also hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (DHP) and a Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy (DCMT)

 

 

Help is Here

 

From our experience we find that a combination of driver training, coaching, NLP and mind training techniques plus hypnotherapy provides the most desirable outcome.

 

Whether you have been driving for many years or a novice to driving my techniques will overcome your fears, anxieties, phobias and nerves

 

By the time we have finished the act of driving, anywhere, will feel and

be as easy as walking down the pavement

 

Don't rely on some sort of treatment, such as CBT or hypnotherapy, for a fear or phobia in a room or surgery for your driving - instead to be individually assessed properly to establish causes, resulting states and desired outcomes and then plan a real course of phobia / fear treatment while in the environment that you would like to feel better in - the car!!

 

Combining our coaching skills, excellence in driver training techniques, along with NLP techniques (which are proved to gain high success at fear and phobia cures) and the use of hypnotic language or hypnosis (if required) and mind training techniques produces a far higher degree of success.

 

Once we establish the causes and states that require change or improvement we can build the mind training techniques in the car, while driving, until you (your subconscious) feels safe and confident. I have found the mix of in car driver training along with the NLP to have huge success for many people with fears, anxieties and phobias related to driving.

 

Many previous clients have undergone previous help such as CBT or hypnotherapy - this has usually had minimal affect as they aren't fixing your mind while in the car

 

Please Read Some Recent Testimonial Reviews Further Down This Page

 

 

From our experience many people who think they have a driving phobia actually don't!

 

For many previous clients simply changing the way they drive - mostly with how to use their eyes and brain correctly while driving changed their whole perspective and feeling while driving.

 

Quite often the way in which we were initially trained or style that we have got in to with driving your own brain isn't happy with it so gives you a feeling of not being in control or confident so with the combination of changing how you drive along with any additional techniques required the vast majority of people have become totally fixed - many didn't even have a phobia in the first place when they thought they did

 

Many instances, some of my driver training techniques have increased confidence alone, and then when you add coaching, NLP, mind training and hypnosis the result is amazing - often in only a few sessions!

 

Lots of previous clients have found the techniques and work done actually helps and changes many other aspects of their lives as well as their driving

 

Read some previous clients stories below to help you decide this will work for you

 

 

You Are Not Alone!

We have a very high level of bookings and clients benefitting from this specialist work, with clients coming from all over the UK - so you are not alone - however due to high demand there is currently a few week waiting time to get new clients started - so, don't delay any further - book in as soon as possible

 

 

 

Some common statements from previous clients when describing their issues or problems - if any of the following apply to you then simply get in touch

 

I feel nervous / anxious at the thought of driving or a particular journey

 

I Just don't have any confidence at all when driving

 

I don't like fast roads, dual carriageways or motorways

 

I can't go on routes or roads I don't know or been on before

 

I get so nervous on a driving test and fall apart and then keep failing the test

 

I worry about crashing, or other people on the roads

 

I've just lot my general confidence about driving

 

I think I am going to get it wrong

 

I can't pass the driving test due to nerves

 

I don't feel in control or feel really anxious all the time

 

I hate the thought of driving and avoid it as much as possible

 

I can only drive a really small car or with a sat nav

 

I worry for ages / hours / days before driving 

 

I won't or can't carry passengers or I'm even nervous as a passenger

 

I worry about where to go or getting it wrong or being in wrong place or lane

 

I am so scared of learning to drive

 

I can't park when I get to the other end

 

I can't drive at speed or fast

 

I have tried to learn but just feel anxious or panicky all the time

 

I can't cope with busy roads and all the other people around me

 

I can't drive under a bridge, over a bridge

 

I think or worry that I will go the wrong way

 

I don't like uphill or downhill, or wide open space, or enclosed or busy space

 

I don't like or can't drive with lots of other traffic

 

I feel so anxious I must have a phobia about driving

 

In truth all of the above statements are actually not true and you won't have the worries or fears once we have re-trained your mind and your driving style

 

 

How the Sessions are Usually Structured

 

We have found that most people need to go through the following changes for them to feel happy and confident again: Using my combination of skills (expert driver training, NLP, mind training and hypnotherapy) we get rid of the problems and build your mind to drive fantastically confident

 

The vast majority of previous clients who can already drive have reached the desired goal and level of confidence around 4 to 6 sessions - some have even been confident by end of 3 ....A new driver or learner driver will require more sessions to include the actual learning to drive

 

Session One:  

Understand the issues and causes of anxiety or nerves and begin to re train / re wire your brain to work correctly in relation to driving and how to deal with and change the anxiety - only a small amount of actual driving on this session however I find that this is one of the most important elements to begin the desired change. Starting to change how your brain works and percieves driving so it starts to see it in a different way

 

Session Two:

Change your driving style (or learn to drive if a new driver) to work differently / correctly with your newly wired brain - some people have needed totally retraining to drive properly as many of my past clients were not even trained to drive properly in the first place, which is often a big contributory factor to the issues and anxieties that became your problem - changing some driving styles and habits to work alongside your newly 'wired' brain so that your brain is working in  different way and sees and feels driving as a different experience from how it was in the past

 

Session Three:

Build both your driving and your brain patterns with fairly extensive driving in many situations to prove that the newly re wired brain and new driving styles (or newly learned driving skills) work in any area, any type of road, anywhere - this is where most people start to feel the confidence coming through

 

Session Four:

Building your confidence and belief in you and your own mind and driving ability and testing it to various situations while constantly improving your driving pattern / style and also how your own mind's patterns and associations with driving (subconsciously) - layering the new behaviour and patterns in your brain in order for your brain to fully believe and anchoring them there for the future

 

Session Five:

Further building your brain and driving and ensuring that any old patterns and behaviour are in the past - Release the old style, patterns, behaviour, fears and anxieties and leave them in the past and firmly anchoring the new and fully testing in any situations anywhere (or simply building your driving and mind in all other areas if new or learning to drive)

 

Additional Sessions: 

Purely to build belief and confidence and to ensure past behaviour patterns are now extinct and the new patterns are fully in place (or cover new areas of driving for the new driver)

 

Many past clients have told me that the techniques have also massively helped and improved their overall confidence and reduced many anxieties and stress in other areas of their lives

 

 

Alternative Remedies 

We have found over the years that many clients had previously taken on other forms of help prior to seeing me, anything from more normal driving lessons, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or hypnotherapy with not much success or change - realistically you need the mix of driving changes and mind changes at the same time, while in a car for the desired fix

 

 

 

ABOUT US  -  HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

 

We are highly experienced, highly qualified driver trainers and will use a combination of driver training and coaching techniques along with NLP, Mind Training and/or hypnosis techniques to assist you.

 

I am a fully Licensed Practitioner of NLP. Certified by “Evolve NLP” which is endorsed by “The International Institute for Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology and Hypnosis”.

 

I have been a fully qualified driving instructor for over 25 years. I am one of the very rare, top DSA Grade 6 / DVSA Grade A driving instructors (which is the highest standard of driver training in the UK). 

 

As well as being a Certified NLP Practitioner, Using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) I also hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy, so the mix of techniques along with my expert driver training and coaching techniques will allow your brain to be retrained to overcome your disposition.

 

If required, I will initiate your help with a phone conversation or email communication to assess your specific condition, needs and your desired outcome.

 

I am in huge demand for this work and have clients from all over the UK arriving in Leeds for this training so please plan ahead and book in advance

 

 

 

Specially Designed Training - That Works!

 

From successfully helping loads of people with these issues and worked varying patterns of sessions and training over several years I have developed training and mind changing sessions that provide the desired change with most people in around 4 to 6 sessions- even I am amazed with the results! A learner driver can expect to require more sessions

 

Each session is a minimum of 3 hours - I often run a little over time to ensure the right work is done at the right time

 

The first session aims to dig and work out the causes and start to rebuild / rewire the brain in order to allow the new training and techniques to properly build on subsequent sessions until you become a totally new driver

 

The first session alone can often begin the process of improvement and benefits may be witnessed at this early stage! 

 

Most people have said that they really start to feel and know the training is working by the end of the second session and they are starting to gain confidence

 

The vast majority of people have reached a huge turning point by the 3rd session and by the 4th or 5th can often be totally transformed, confident and even enjoy driving, although several have opted for a couple more sessions to increase confidence further and also because they find it helps in so many ways as well as driving alone - a learner or new driver will ecpect to require several more sessions

 

 

Areas Covered 

 

We can provide help for driving phobias, driving anxieties, fear of driving and other anxieties aside from driving in Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas.

 

Due to the very high demand for this work clients simply have to make their way to Leeds and if you don't want to drive your car we are happy to meet at Leeds / Bradford train station or other suitable location.

 

Many people have come to us from all over the UK

 

See further below for pricing structure

 

 

From experience and experimenting with previous clients I have found the sessions work the absolute best in 3 - 3:5 hour sessions  (pretty much half a day)- this provides adequate time for brain to make changes, practise some driving and to work on mind training exercises

 

Learner Driver: 3 hours for only £95

 

Full Licence Holder:  3 hours for only £120

 

Each session combines a mix of specialist driving training, mind training, NLP techniques, anxiety and nerves release, change of state of mind training and sometimes hypnotherapy 

 

Don't pay £150 - £200 per hour for just clinical assistance when you can pay far less for my treatment in the environment that you want the help - in a car!!

 

The sessions are conducted in our fully insured vehicles and sessions can be booked Mondays - Fridays either 10am - 1pm or 1pm - 4pm, Some evening or weekend sessions can be arranged however these are quite rare

 

I often over run the 3 hour and can end up working with you for even longer especially if I find that a new pattern or change is developing - so if you are time restricted please do point that out to me

 

 

Pricing

 

 

Learner Driver:

 

Three (3) Hours Session:-  £95

 

 

Block Booking Discount:

 

For a 4 full sessions course - paid individually in 4 x £95 sessions would normally total £380

 

*Save £20 - purchase a Full 4 Session Course in One Payment for Only £360*

 

 

Full Licence Holder:

 

Three (3) Hours Session:- £120

 

 

Block Booking Discount:

 

For a 4 full sessions course - paid individually in 4 x £120 sessions would normally total £480

 

*Save £30 - purchase a Full 4 Session Course in One Payment for Only £450

 

 

 

3 hourly sessions may sound a long time however when we are combining my work on your thought processes, driver training, NLP techniques, hypnotherapy, mind therapy and coaching methods plus driver training the 3 hour goes quickly and everyone has been amazed how the time was used, how quick it felt and the methods and outcomes - even I have been amazed with the results I have seen

 

NOTE: I have recently been filmed by ITV for a forthcoming TV programme assisting a driver with serious OCD issues - so my already high demand will only increase - so I must warn you I am very booked up and you need to plan ahead

 

Due to the intesnity of the work and that the sessions are very demanding and extremely exhausting from my own perspective I can only do one session per day 

 

Sessions are conducted in my fully insured manual car Monday - Friday most weeks

 

 

 

What is NLP?

 

NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming - an understanding of the brain and how it works - NLP is a safe, simple, practical and extremely effective way of enabling the human brain or mind to change quickly so that they begin to generate new patterns of behaviour - which subsequently overcomes the phobia or fear.

 

I am a fully Licensed Practitioner of NLP. Certified by “Evolve NLP” which is endorsed by “The International Institute for Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology and Hypnosis”.

 

 

Recent Success - Testimonials:

 

 

"This is a truly transformational training course!

 

Having passed the driving test after several attempts many years ago, by the end of that process my confidence in driving was almost zero and I totally hated driving.

 

After a few brief attempts to drive I realised this was not improving and I needed to overcome the fear of driving I had built up over many years and thankfully I found Michael at MJ Driving School.

 

The Positive Mind Training and Driver Training that totally simplifies driving Michael delivers in such a light hearted, friendly and professional manner have absolutely transformed my attitude, skill level and approach to driving.

 

The training course is unbelievably brilliant and you will really surprise yourself at just how well you too can actually drive, anywhere

 

Thank you so very much - the sessions have been excellent and my fear has now become a pleasure!"

 

Hayley Bedford, Leeds

 

 

 

After passing my driving test I drove for a couple of years but then got increasingly anxious, which culminated in me only driving 3 times in the past 4 years. I stopped altogether because I was so scared & anxious that I didn't want to put myself & others in danger.

 

I never thought it would be possible for me to get better but it got to a point where I needed to improve because it was taking over my life - I was constantly thinking about it & I felt so disappointed in myself.

 

I am amazed at how much I have changed with 4 sessions. I was very sceptical & could not believe that it would work on me, but it did!

 

I am now confident, happy & actually enjoy driving! I also feel like I'm a better driver because Michael improved my driving technique as well as getting rid of my anxiety & all the over-thinking I did (about driving & in other aspects of my life too).

 

I would recommend these sessions to anybody as they really work, make you feel completely at ease & are very enjoyable. Thank you so much for all your help!

 

Nicola T, Leeds

 

 

 

"I used to feel a crippling anxiety just at the thought of driving, especially for driving on any unfarmilar routes, main roads and motorways which had restricted my lifestyle, career choices and my self  confidence far more than I had cared to admit to myself.

 

After a few sessions with Michael, my relationship with driving has completely changed from being fearful to finding it really much more intuitive, pleasurable and a feeling of being in control, all the time.

 

The process and techniques Michael uses has also given me tools to free up other areas of my life too... So, all in all, this a priceless course worth so much more than every penny!

 

Gayle, Sheffield, S Yorks

 

 

 

"I hated and avoided driving for many years and it was preventing me from being able to go places and do what i really wanted to. The level of anxiety caused by driving or even the thought of driving was so overwhelming and had begun to affect other areas of  my life too!

 

I took on the help of Michael - his well considered approach begun a structured plan of action which is totally tailored to suit your particular issues, anxieties, driving, all done with kindness, humour, honesty and total understanding with brilliant results

 

If you have any issues get yourself booked in with him - you will be amazed at the difference it will make to you, your driving and also other areas of your life.

 

Before starting I was convinced it would not work for me, especially after trying lots of other methods, help, therapies however I was wrong!

 

It is amazing and has made a total difference! I now drive all over the place, and drive very well and with confidence - plus have huge improvement in other areas of my life too!

 

I just wish I had come across Michael for help years ago!  Many thanks :)

 

Janice S, Leeds

 

 

"I just passed my driving test on first attempt! Totally amazing as I was previously extremely anxious about driving and for years even the thought of driving petrified me!

 

I am so pleased I came across Michael - in just 3 months he got me feeling confident, made it easy, totally calmed my head down and his techniques made it work!

 

If you ever feel as if you doubt yourself and your own abilities - don't worry because Michael will train you how to succeed, in exactly the right way!

 

The skills I have learned don't just apply to driving but all aspects of my my life have improved dramtically - confidence, control and self belief!

 

Thank you very much!

 

Faye Wiggins, Yeadon

 

 

"I had struggled with driving for years thinking that my problem with driving was just one of confidence, but everything I tried to do to fix my driving just seemed to make the problem worse!

 

When I read the page on anxieties and, phobias and nerves with driving on the MJ Driving School website I was able to consider that my problem was more about anxiety rather than lacking experience.

 

Within the first hour of the first session I felt that Michael's techniques were going to work, and he had already corrected some of thinking about driving. With Michael's help I learned to see everything and once Michael trained my mind I learned to trust my subconscious so it really becomes just like walking. In addition Michael taught me how to avoid the many things that were increasing my anxiety, in particular my thought process.

 

I have already done lots of trips that would have totally avoided in the past and I feel like I have got my freedom and confidence back! "

 

Thank you Michael for 'fixing me!'

 

Sophie Barker, Leeds

 

 

"Because of fear and anxiety I hadn't driven for over 20 years and never thought I would ever again! However, I decided to give this a go.  

 

I have to say the whole experience has been totally amazing!  

 

Michael has re taught me to drive properly and confidently plus totally re wired my brain in relation to driving and I actuilally enjoy driving now and feel confident too - that much I am picking up my new car tomorrow - so exciting! Thank you very much - my life has changed!

 

Debbie McGee, Wakefield

 

 

"Having approached Michael with huge anxiety and fear of driving and general anxiety in my life I can now confidently say that thanks to Michaels help I feel awesome!

 

The techniques and process is simply life changing for me!  I really do simply go with what I see and trust my own mind to get it right - and it does! Over thinking, worrying and stressing really doesn't help - I won't be doing any more of that! Thank youvery much - I am now confident in driving and feel awesome in general"

 

Tara, Pontefract

 

 

"I just wanted to say how grateful I am to you for getting me back on fast roads and motorways.

 

After a minor incident 2 years ago I developed a complete phobia of driving fast, in particular on a motorway or dual carriageway. Due to my job as a salesperson not driving is not an option so i found myself taking weird and long routes which made my life very difficult.

 

I had previously tried  everything from hypnotherapy and a course of CBT which didn't work and I became convinced of my restricted future.

 

As a lest resort, I found Michael on internet searches and in 6 sessions Michael properly identified the real issues (in my mind) surrounding the fears and anxietyies and he coached and trained me back to fast roads and motorways.

 

I am now driving confidently and I am practically a much better, safer driver.

 

I cannot recommend Michael highly enough to anyone who has similar problems or issues as I got the point of giving in and lost all hope but in no time he changed my life - thank you so much"

 

Sarah, Hemsley, North Yorkshire

 

 

"If you are reading this and have a fear, anxiety or phobia at all, or related to driving, it could NOT be any worse than I was!

 

I carried a fear and anxiety in general which was massive with driving for nearly 40 years! Now, after a few sessions with Michael I can happily drive anywhere, anytime and with confidence! My wife and family love it and they don't suffer anymore either. They have commented that I am much calmer, happier and more confident in general as well as happily and safely driving them all over England.

 

If you have any type or level of anxiety, fear or phobia take my advice and do this - it works! It has changed my life! I love it! Thank you very much

 

Roy, West Yorks

 

 

"I can't recommend Michael highly enough!  I had previously had around 18 months worth of driving lessons without many progress because I was terrified of driving!

 

Michael's methods of training were totally different and I could feel improvement. Before I knew it I was feeling relaxed and confident. Passing my driving test and enjoying driving has transformed our family life, not least that i can now take my disabled daughter to school every day

 

Michael has completely different way to training driving and changing how your mind is in relation to driving - fantastic - don't hesitate to contact him if you are struggling to learn or don't like driving - he will change you!"

 

Fiona C, Leeds

 

 

"Michael is simply by far the best driving instructor that I have had the good fortune to come across. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone with driving anxieties or phobias - he really will make a difference

 

I was initially taught to drive badly, with two different instructors, numerous lessons and four attempts to pass the driving test, and found driving so stressful that I then didn't drive for 10 years. When I moved to Leeds, I had a few 'refresher' lessons with a national driving school, which were technically a little helpful but they didn't address my underlying anxiety with driving. I still made every possible excuse not to drive, and turned down invitations if driving was involved. i was getting increasingly embarrassed, and frustrated with myself and finally plucked up the courage to really do something about it

 

I was intrigued by Michael's use of NLP.  .He sussed out quickly what my issues with driving were, and I quickly trusted him to help me put them right. Over our sessions we worked on tweaking and improving my driving technique but, equally importantly, worked on my over-thinking, over worrying brain to reduce the negative associations that I had built up around driving. 

 

Michael was patient and very encouraging, and the sessions were surprisingly great fun too!

 

Within a couple of months, my driving improved so much, and I have driven loads more recently, plus to places that I would never have dreamt of driving to than I have in years. I am also feeling confident and proud now rather than frustrated"

 

Alison Moore, Leeds

 

" A big thank you for the massive help and encouragement you have given me with driving and anxiety.  Your no nonsense approach to training along with the clever techniques to re wire my brain with what my mind needs to be doing for driving has made the whole task enjoyable and rewarding.

 

Instead of worrying and getting anxious, I now look forward to and enjoy days out driving and not thinking - just letting my eyes give my brain all the information my brain needs, at the time.....A joy!. Thank you again"

 

David, Yeadon

 

 

A few crashes in quick succession put me off driving. I convinced myself that I couldn’t drive and I’d get anxious and physically upset at the thought of getting behind the wheel again. After more than 20 years I wanted my independence back but was terrified at the thought of driving again.
I saw this website, read the comments, and finally plucked up the courage to contact Michael to discuss my circumstances. I don’t like discussing my thoughts and feelings, and initially found this difficult but Michael was very understanding and confident that he could help.
Throughout the process he was patient, encouraging and helped me to think differently about driving. I’m really glad I took this huge step and would like to thank Michael for helping me to get back out there. 
Michelle, Leeds

"Don't live with your anxiety, do something positive about it to make a big change, very quickly....... Michael has made that big change for me, very quickly and made a huge difference to my life and driving!  Don't hesitate - just do it"  I was amazed how quick the positive change was - with amazing techniques ...Thank you very much Michael"

 

Julie B, Keighley

 

 

 

"Before my training sessions with Michael, I was getting ready to sell my car because I was too anxious to drive it and had also turned down a great job offer due to needing to drive.

 

In no time at all, Michael's training sessions transformed my approach to driving in a way I didn't think was at all possible!

 

Now, thanks to Michael's expertise I am 100% confident in my driving and have been offered another job that involves and requires driving - and I'm ready and happy!

 

A truly unique approach and a fantastic trainer and mentor whom I highly recommend to anyone! Thank you very much"

 

Jen Humpheson, Bradford

 

 

 

"Before Michael started working on me "I hadn't really been driving for well over a year, never really enjoying driving and often made excuses to avoid driving before I completely stopped driving altogether

 

The not driving affected my career and made me choose alternative roles and jobs involving no driving. My whole life was being held back by not driving and being mobile

 

I will be honest - I was a little sceptical of how Michael could cure my fear and overall dislike for driving. However, within no time at all he changed my way of thinking about driving, has removed the fear of driving and actually made me happy about any journey and the prospect of driving 

 

Not only that but at the same time he has addressed other confidence issues in my life, low self esteem and self doubt leaving me full of energy, confidence and finding my love for life again.

 

Now...I actually 'like and enjoy' driving - and I never thought i would say that!

 

Thank you so much Michael"

 

Jennifer Whitfield, York

 

 

 

I had anxieties and issues with driving that had massively affected my confidence with myself and my driving and it got so bad I simply stopped driving.

 

Now, 6 months later, after my training sessions with you (Michael) I wanted to let you (and anyone else thinking of getting help) know it has all worked brilliantly - I have no driving issues at all plus my overall general confidence is massively up

 

I am happy driving anywhere anytime and feel confident on motorways and also driven to loads of places I have never been before.

 

I want to let you and any other people know that your driver training, NLP and other techniques really do work and have massively helped me - both with my driving and with helping me to make changes in my life and career too.

 

I highly recommed you and your training to anyone who has any problems or lack of confidence - do not hesitate - do it - it works!"

 

Charlotte Thomas, Leeds

 

 

 

"For a number of reasons, I recently developed a serious driving anxiety which was impacting my life and independence in ways that I could never have anticipated.  I have a brand new car that has hardly been used as my anxiety has escalated. I understand why I was anxious but I couldn't control or rationalise it

 

I've recently had 3 sessions with Michael and have re-learnt to drive physically and mentally.  The NLP and Mind Training techniques he uses combined with learning/re-learning how to drive have been very helpful and highly effective. In a short time there have been positive changes and enjoy driving - I now look forward to going out more instead of dreading going anywhere

 

My message to anyone reading this website is, you don't have to live with anxiety/phobia about driving.  Michael can and will help.

 

Thank you Michael.

 

Jacky Butler, Bradford"

 

 

 

Having spent 2 years trying to learn to drive and pass a driving test I became so anxious and stressed - about driving, me and test. Having failed 6 tests I was just getting worse and more and more anxious and wound up

 

I  tried several driving instructors and then contacted Michael . Within a short time he totally transformed my driving, my mind and I easily passed the driving test on the next time with just 4 minor faults.

 

I really feel and am a confident and competent driver and I can assure you there is no better driving instructor and confidence builder than Michael - I tried several others before and noticed the huge change very quickly. If you are struggling with driving in any shape or form I recommend you contact Michael - well worth the money!

 

Catherine Porter, Kippax

 

 

"After 13 years of not driving a car I decided to take some driving lessons before going back on the road. I was looking for a driving instructor who can help me overcome the anxiety and lack of confidence in driving.

 

Then I came across Michael and what he has to offer (through his website) sounded very promising.

 

I must say I did not regret my decision on the choice of driving instructor. Michael is TOP. He has catered for my individual needs to become a good driver again by giving me brilliant advice and enough time to practise.

 

His teaching and learning methods are ones that will make every person become an excellent driver in a short period of time.

 

I have had so much fun on my journeys and can highly recommend Michael as the BEST driving instructor!!! Thank you, Michael :-)"

 

Marcella Mueller, Leeds / Germany

 

 

 

"If you want to be a safe, confident and excellent driver, Michael is most definitely your man!

 

The swift progress I have made from the benefits of the amazing techniques used has been exciting and wonderful to experience.

 

I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael to anyone with any issues, problems, lack of confidence or anxiety who wants to be a great and confident driver"

 

Andy Roberts 

 

 

"Having not driven for over 10 years, and feeling nervous about driving again, I needed some help and a course of refresher lessons and someone mentioned Michael’s name.

 

Over a couple of months he has totally transformed my driving.

 

I have gone from being a nervous driver to a relaxed driver, I feel confident and safe in all situations and driving is now a real pleasure.

 

I cannot recommend Michael highly enough - give him a ring and you will never look back!"

 

Adele Barraclough, Leeds

 

 

 

"I had got myself in a bad place with driving and would only drive local routes or roads I knew and even avoided that as often as I could. It became annoying and was getting me down, especially as there is a car parked on my driveway most days that i could have been using.

 

The whole problem was getting bigger and more noticeable and affecting my general confidence as was avoiding going places and meeting friends or doing things I could have been doing - I found Michael and thought - give it a go!

 

It was most definitely the best thing I did. Michael totally re-wired my brain and thought process plus hugely simplified driving and made it so easy. It wasn't long before my confidence and approach totally changed and now I drive anywhere, anytime and without even thinking about it.

 

On top of repairing my driving I feel that Michael's techniques and work has changed my generally over thinking anxious mind in to a much calmer happier mind - this training really is unique and nothing like regular driving lessons at all - I was amazed, and now happy and confident

 

June M, Hull

 

 

You Are Not Alone!

I have a very high level of bookings and clients benefitting from my specialist work - so you are not alone - however due to high demand there is currently a few week waiting time to get new clients started - so, don't delay any further - book in as soon as possible

 

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something. Although we usually find it unpleasant, anxiety is related to the 'fight or flight response' – our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.

 

We all know what it’s like to feel anxious from time to time. It’s common to feel tense, nervous and perhaps fearful at the thought of a stressful event or decision you’re facing – especially if it could have a big impact on your life. For example:

  • sitting an exam or test (eg driving test)
  • going into hospital
  • attending an interview
  • starting a new job
  • moving away from home
  • having a baby
  • being diagnosed with an illness
  • deciding to get married or divorced
  • driving or certain areas of driving

In situations like these it’s understandable to have worries about how you will perform, or what the outcome will be. For a short time you might even find it hard to sleep, eat or concentrate. Then usually, after a short while or when the situation has passed, the feelings of worry stop.

 

 

What is the 'fight or flight' response?

 

Like all other animals, human beings have evolved ways to help us protect ourselves from dangerous, life-threatening situations. When you feel under threat your body releases hormones, such as adrenalin and cortisol, which help physically prepare you to either fight the danger or run away from it. These hormones can:

  • make you feel more alert, so you can act faster
  • make your heart beat faster to carry blood quickly to where it’s needed most

Then when you feel the danger has passed, your body releases other hormones to help your muscles relax, which may cause you to shake.

 

This is commonly called the ‘fight or flight’ response – it’s something that happens automatically in our bodies, and we have no control over it. In modern society we don’t usually face situations where we need to physically fight or flee from danger, but our biological response to feeling threatened is still the same.

 

 

Fears and Phobias

 

Fears, phobias, panic attacks and anxiety are fairly common and experts believe that approximately 1 in 10 people in the UK suffer at some point in their life.

 

Phobias and fears related to driving in some way is one of the most common.

 

Whether it is a fear of the driving test, a fear of learning to drive or driving fears and phobias such as motorway driving, dealing with bridges, overtaking, to a total fear of driving, or if you are suffering lack of confidence driving following a motoring accident or just a long absence from driving there is help available for you.

 

 

As well as being one of the most experienced and highly qualified driving instructors in the UK who regularly uses coaching and NLP techniques in every day driver training with fantastic results, I am also a fully qualified and certified NLP Practitioner and have developed some highly successful techniques to assist drivers with any phobia or fear, panic attack or nerves.

 

 

Phobias are wonderful things as they perfectly illustrate your capacity to learn. Most phobias are created in an instant, yet last a lifetime. We never forget to have an emotional response when exposed to the subject of our phobia and it takes no conscious effort to retain such a powerful connection. This is learning at its very best, and illustrates how immensely powerful your subconscious mind is.

 

When we develop a phobia we are creating an association between a stimulus, the object of the phobia, and a response, usually fear. Using NLP techniques, it is possible to break that association very easily, thus eliminating the phobia. It is not necessary to know how, why or when the association was made in the first place and the process used to break the association is fast and easy.

 

 

WHAT EXACTLY IS A PHOBIA?

 

Phobias are fears. Fear is a normal part of life, and there are many things in life which can be dangerous or painful - such as wasps, muggers, car crashes and having operations. Anyone might be afraid of such things - or at least anxious about them. This is normal. Sensible people take precautions to avoid being hurt or injured by things that are genuinely dangerous.

 

In this sense, anxiety is very useful. It warns you when danger is threatening. Severe anxiety - fear - can also be useful. When we find ourselves in a situation of real danger - like being faced by a robber in a dark alley - the fear reaction is just what we need.

 

It releases adrenaline and other chemicals into our blood, and these speed up our heartbeat, sharpen our senses and heighten our physical powers. These changes prepare us for what is called ‘flight or fight’ - either to fight for our lives, or to run for them.

 

A phobia is a disorder in which the body reacts in exactly the same way, and we experience exactly the same feelings of anxiety and fear - but in situations where there is absolutely no need for ‘flight or fight’. It is as if our body and mind have lost all sense of proportion, and internally scream ‘danger!’ at the least little thing - like crossing a footbridge, encountering a cat, or driving across town. But no matter how harmless the feared thing may be, for a phobic person the fear reaction is every bit as real as if the cause was really life threatening. People with phobias usually realise all too well that their reaction is irrational, but this makes no difference to its effect.

 

The level of the symptoms that people with phobias experience varies a great deal, from mild anxiety to very severe panic and terror. While some people simply feel a bit nervous when they have to drive, others can barely cope with the anxiety.

 

But there are also people who have full-scale panic attacks at the wheel, and soon give up driving altogether because of the terror that grips them when they try to do so.

 

In fact these frightening feelings are exactly the same thing that ‘normal’ people feel in situations that really are dangerous. Soldiers in a battle feel exactly that way. The only thing different about a phobia, is that there is no logical reason for the fear.

 

But phobias aren’t just severe anxiety: the anxiety is turned into a phobia by avoidance.

 

In the early stages of a driving phobia, the person affected sometimes tries to overcome their fears head on, by brief ventures into the feared situation, usually retreating instantly when anxiety arises. This avoidance brings a reduction of the tension, and rapidly becomes a habit, so that the next attempt becomes more difficult, and so on until the attempts to face the problem stop altogether. Avoiding the situations that make us feel frightened makes us more sensitive to those situations, and ‘conditions’ us to fear them even more.

 

Avoidance is like retreating from an enemy. We may feel safer to begin with, but we’re letting the enemy get us on the run. And we have to retreat further and further, until we find that a huge slice of our world has been grabbed away from us.

 

This is why phobias can be such a big problem. Because we tend to avoid the things we fear, the fear can worsen very rapidly. To recover, we need to put that process into reverse.

 

The fear reaction is virtually automatic, and very difficult to control. In the early period of human development, it was a useful survival trait: as a soft bodied species surrounded by predators, we needed an instant response that would get us out of trouble, something that would not allow our inquisitive brains to let us linger looking for the cause. However, humans learn quickly and we can train ourselves to respond positively to threats, and not to react with terror to things which prove, with experience, to be harmless. Lion tamers, tight-rope walkers, scaffolders and firemen have all learnt to handle potentially dangerous situations safely. If this were not true, we would still be cowering in the backs of caves!

 

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PHOBIA?

 

Like other phobias, driving phobia can produce the unpleasant physical symptoms of ‘normal’ fear:

 

  • heart palpitations
  • feeling sick
  • chest pains
  • difficulty breathing
  • dizziness
  • ‘jelly legs’
  • feeling ‘unreal’
  • intense sweating
  • feeling faint
  • dry throat
  • restricted or ‘fuzzy’ vision or hearing.

 

In severe cases, people may feel certain that they are about to die, go mad, or lose control of themselves and injure someone, or do something disgusting and humiliating. Most of all they feel an overpowering urge to ‘escape’ from the situation they are in. They also develop an acute fear of repeating these very unpleasant experiences, and this is what really gives the phobia its power.

 

Of course, these are feelings, not reality. The plain truth is that even the worst panic attacks do not cause any long-term ill-effects, and people simply do not die, go mad, or cause mayhem as a result.

 

If you need help with your driving, driving nerves, anxieties, phobias and fears, whether you are a full licence holder or learner driver contact me anytime by text or email to discuss your own individual situation and I will happily call you back when I am free - contact details below

 

For some info on driving test nerves see Driving Test Nerves page on this website.

 

For info on regular learning to drive driving lessons Driving Lessons Leeds

 

 

For more information or assistance contact me on 07720 396 100 or email info@mjdrivingschool.co.uk

 

All  work and communication is completely confidential

 

 

Michael J Stanhope BA(Hons).

DHP & DCMT

DSA ADI Grade 6

Certified NLP Practitioner

DVSA Grade A Driver Trainer

Diploma in Driving Instruction

DIA Diamond Advanced Driver

Institute of Advanced Motorist

Association of Complete Mind Therapists

 

 

I am a fully Licensed Practitioner of NLP - Certified by “Evolve NLP” which is endorsed by “The International Institute for Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology and Hypnosis”.

 

I also hold a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psycotherapy (DHP) and a Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy (D.C.M.T) and a Full Member of the Association of Complete Mind Therapists (ACMT)

 

 

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