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Habits and Addictions

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!

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



•Uncontrollable drinking

•Excessive gambling

•Compulsive shopping and spending

•Self harm

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.


How hypnotherapy can help

Post-Hypnotic Suggestions can be used to  draw up powerful resource memories and abilities from the subconscious to empower you. These resources can be made available whenever needed. They increase desire for the benefits of a habit free life,  increase the enjoyment of the process of change,  boost confidence and stop the current habitual behaviour.

In addition Post Hypnotic Suggestions can be used to give a view of the future, habit free life and insights on HOW to change.

NLP can be used to change the client’s perspective on how they are being controlled by the habit and strengthen the client against powerful compulsive emotions.

CBT techniques – can be used to retrain the automatic thinking that can be involved in a persistent habit or addiction.

Age regression would be used where initial sensitising events or childhood trauma lie at the heart of the problem. In such cases these events can be revisited in the safety of the relaxed trance state and then reviewed and processed through an adult perspective.

I also use The Emotional Freedom Technique(EFT ) which is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific emotional problem – whether it is a traumatic event, a shock, addictive thoughts, emotional pain, etc, and voice positive affirmations throughout the procedure.

The treatment will be tailored specifically to the individual and we would discuss the requirements in depth during the initial assessment.