Hypnotherapy for Habits and Compulsions

Break the Habit with Hypnotherapy in Edinburgh

Habits are a part of life, and good habits make life much easier as they stop us wasting time and energy on having to consciously think about everything we do. The way we dress in a particular order; cleaning our teeth each night before we go to bed; setting the dishwasher before going to work for example, are useful unconscious habits, just notice how much thought and energy a young child has to put into those actions we find second nature.

Many people have a habit they would like to stop, but find, that willpower and making New Year Resolutions don’t last. Habits develop when the primitive, emotional part of the brain creates a link between a feeling and an action. You feel need a break at work so go outside for a cigarette; you feel stressed and find biting your nails calming or you feel a bit down and reach for the comfort food. If we do the same thing often enough that thought pattern imprints itself on our mind. From here it slips into ‘automatic’ and starts to control us!

Hypnotherapy for Bad Habits in Edinburgh

Hypnotherapy to Help Overcome Unwanted Habits

Compulsions often help us have some relief from a particular anxiety; the drawback is that we feel compelled to perform them over and over again. The frequency and severity of our ritual is often linked to the scale of our anxiety. Therefore they can become very addictive, and in turn necessary, for us to find relief.

Hypnotherapy can help you break a habit or compulsion that you don’t want anymore; by helping you change the relationship between the emotion and the action. We will work together at a level deeper than willpower.

I believe that we all have the resources required to change any unwanted behaviour. With hypnosis I will help you find these inner reserves and help you maintain the habit free life you desire.

Some common habits and compulsions include:

  • Nail biting
  • Hair pulling
  • Comfort eating
  • Eating disorders and issues
  • Worrying
  • Smoking
  • Uncontrollable drinking
  • Excessive gambling
  • Compulsive shopping and spending

These are just some of the behaviours I can help with; so please contact me if you would like more information and to discuss your specific need.

Hair Pulling

Imagine your hair, looking good, shining and lustrous as you run your hands through it proudly, sweeping to the very ends easily, one smooth motion; styling it any way you choose, showing off your best feature; complimenting your appearance every day.

Hypnotherapy can help you achieve this using a combination of aversion and positive images at a subconscious level helping to ensure you no longer find yourself tugging the hair out of your head in times of stress or without even knowing that you’re doing it.

Nail Biting

See your hands in your mind’s eye in the future; your nails looking really good, looking at them proudly, a lovely oval shape with a healthy surface and feeling so nice and smooth; proud to show them off, being admired for them, looking wonderful, a credit to you.

Hypnotherapy can help you achieve this using a combination of aversion and positive images at a subconscious level helping to ensure you no longer find your hands in your mouth in times of stress or without really knowing you’re doing it.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help with Habits

When that annoying habit is finally gone, you can begin to feel good about yourself again, you can stop torturing yourself about why you developed it and why you keep doing it even though you know you don’t want to.

Hypnotherapy helps to get your subconscious mind ‘on board’ with what you’ve consciously decided you would like to change. Habits are easily formed, but difficult to break on a conscious level because they’ve become embedded in your subconscious as the way to behave. During hypnosis suggestions are made to the subconscious helping to ensure it gets the message that this habit is no longer welcome.

The therapy will be designed specifically for your requirements. In addition to the initial consultation, I usually suggest three to six sessions. However as each client’s needs are unique the course may be shorter or longer depending on contributing factors. The more complex and deeply entrenched addictions will require a longer treatment programme. This will be discussed with you and reviewed as you make progress.