Harness the power of hypnosis to sail through your driving test

In the UK, only 46% of learner drivers pass first time. And although the driving test is designed to make sure drivers are good enough to keep our roads safe, failing can have a devastating effect on a driver’s confidence, making it harder to pass on subsequent attempts.

As a clinical hypnotherapist, I’ve been helping drivers pass their driving tests since 2006 and even I have been amazed by the results. “I had four sessions with Lisa Jackson of Quiet Medicine Clinical Hypnotherapy in order to try and pass my driving test after five failed attempts,” wrote one of my clients, “and I’m pleased to say that I passed my test four days after my last session!”

So how exactly does hypnotherapy help learner drivers pass? Over the years I’ve used a range of techniques with my clients, depending on what they find most challenging about driving.


When learner drivers experience a lot of anxiety behind the wheel despite their instructor assuring them that they’re a competent driver, I use hypnodesensitisation to break the unhelpful link in their mind that driving equals anxiety, and instead instal new beliefs that they feel calm during all the different driving situations they may find challenging (negotiating roundabouts, crossing junctions, reverse parking etc).


If a lack of confidence is the issue, I use visualisation techniques to rehearse a successful test. I ask my client to spend time in self-hypnosis visualising all the preparation they’ve done for the test, the lessons they’ve had and the positive things their instructor has said about their driving. I also suggest they visualise their ideal test – that they see themselves responding to the examiner’s instructions, other road users and pedestrians in a calm and confident manner – and also the elation they’ll feel when they pass and call their friends and family to tell them the good news. This creates a blueprint for success in their mind that replaces the ‘disaster movie’ they’ve probably been unconsciously playing in their head, meaning they start mentally rehearsing success, not failure.


I teach all of my clients a stunningly simple breathing technique that instantly switches off the ‘fight or flight’ response and helps them feel calm when they’re behind the wheel.

STOP technique

If my clients find that they’re constantly thinking unhelpful thoughts about their driving (“I’ll never pass”, “I failed before, so I’ll fail again”, “I’m not a good driver even though my instructor says I am”), I teach them an effective way to eliminate these thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones (“I will pass”, “My previous tests gave me the experience I needed to pass this time”, “My instructor is right: I’m a great driver and deserve to pass”).

So if you could do with a confidence boost, or want to make sure you have the very best chance of passing your driving test, feel free to get in touch: I offer free, no-obligation 20-minute phone consultations so that you can get to know me and decide whether hypnotherapy will benefit you. For most clients, three sessions is all it takes to feel calm, relaxed and in control of yourself as well as the car – and be fully prepared to pass. For more information, visit qmhypnotherapy.co.uk.

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