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Habit Reversal

Habits such as hair pulling, nail biting, scratching or knuckle cracking are something that we do when we are bored, anxious or feel uncomfortable. It becomes an automatic response that we do without thinking and at the time can feel pleasant and offer relief and satisfaction. They are often caused by anxiety or stress and associated with negative thoughts that the habit can’t be changed. However these habits can have negative consequences and can cause a range of symptoms including 

 

Nail infections, 

Bald patches, 

Skin scarring, 

Reduced self-confidence, 

Difficulties in relationships 

Avoiding situations

Feeling embarrassed or ashamed

 

Hypnotherapy and behaviour therapy can help you to reverse your habit using evidence based techniques. The habit reversal will be developed alongside managing stress and anxiety, improving your self-esteem and confidence. In the sessions you will 

 

Build motivation

Identify habit associated behaviours

Increase habit awareness

Identify habit prone situations

Learn relaxation techniques

Mentally rehearse a replacement for the habit

Use hypnosis to support the behaviour change

Learn to practice, get support and monitor your progress