Hypnotherapy Associates Blog
Habits / Binging / Hair Pulling....03
by Bonita Rayner-Jones on Mon 03 Nov 2014 18:46:06 GMT
Many clients share with me that they are sick of what feels like an internal fight within. They tell themselves such things as 'I shouldn't do it', 'That's it I've messed up, I will try again tomorrow', 'I'm a failure', 'This is doing me no good' just as some examples.
The issues they are talking about can be wide ranging from binging on food or drink or drugs, eating disorders, smoking and habits and compulsions like hair pulling and nail biting.
When clients come to see me the first thing I let them know is it is not their fault they have continued with their issue and they have come to the right place to begin to learn how to be different and let go of their old habits. When we try to resolve an issue at the same level it was created, we go around in circles with no resolve. There is a good reason for this and that is because our unconscious mind is a clever thing that works to help us. It is keeping the old habit/behaviour going due to an old experience with it which once provided some comfort whilst doing that behaviour and so the unconscious mind will repeat the habit to draw comfort. For examples, hair pulling (trichotillomania) may have helped to provide a feeling of calm when other things in life were stressful, perhaps during adolescence, therefore, the unconscious mind deduced that hair pulling = a sense of calm. Binging and purging may have helped to stifle a range of difficult emotions that at the time were hard to deal with, therefore, binging and purging = control of an uncertain world etc etc.
Through hypnosis the unconscious mind is literally updated to understand that long-term, beneficial comfort and security is not derived from these habits and is instead replaced with a deeper sense of general well-being in the client regardless of the circumstances. We also utlise a range of NLP exercises which can be learnt and repeated during any time after the session by the client which can also give a deeper sense of control and calm.
Habits and old negative behaviours can be resolved in anything from one to three sessions.
Are you ready to change? Why not come in an experience the magic of hypnotherapy yourself?
I look forward to seeing you in the clinic.