Hypnotherapy for Habits

Free Yourself From Your Habits

Are your habits taking up a lot of time and energy? Are you hiding your habits from your friends, your partner or at work?

Do you often get a feeling of shame, anxiety and feel out of control and resolve not to do it again? Have you tried all sorts of things to stop but not been able to?

What Habit Do You Want To Stop?

Often when we feel stressed, anxious, or lack self confidence we reach for comfort and the repetitive nature of this can lead to habits.

Habits like grinding your teeth, biting your nails, picking your skin, pulling your hair, or sucking your thumb can become so ingrained as your go to reaction that they become an automatic, unconscious response.

Or perhaps you have unhealthy habits such as reaching for sugar when you are feeling down, numbing yourself with alcohol after a busy day or smoking to get rid of stress. If not treated things like smoking or alcohol can turn into an addiction.

Often you don't even realise you are doing these habits until afterwards when you wish you hadn't.

What Can Hypnotherapy Help?

These aren't the only habits that Hypnotherapy could help. If I have not included something you are interested in let me know as I might still be able to help.

  • Teeth Grinding or Clamping (Bruxism)
  • Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
  • Skin Picking (Dermatillomania)
  • Nail Biting (Onychophagia)
  • Thumb Sucking
  • Lip Biting
  • Cheek Biting
  • Nose Picking
  • Eating Hair or Skin
  • Eating food such as chocolate, sweets, crisps
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Smoking

Please note that smoking and alcohol may often require more specialist help to manage withdrawal symptoms.

"Understanding why and where this habit stemmed from has helped my enormously. Within a short period of time I was in control and able to move away from negative patterns which were making me unhappy."

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How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

Hypnotherapy for Habits could help you change your old unwanted behaviour with a new positive habit or behaviour instead. Using a variety of Cognitive Hypnotherapy techniques we will work together to change your behaviour so you no longer partake in the habits which have been holding you back.

  • Learn tools to use to enable you to quickly lower levels of anxiety or stress which might be contributing to your habit, as well as find new ways to relax and unwind.

  • Change your beliefs such as “I am addicted”, “I do it to relax”, “I want to fit in”, “Its too difficult to quit”.

    If you have a habit like smoking or eating sugar it's often your belief that you are addicted, or your belief that it will be too hard to stop which is keeping the habit in place. This sometimes may be the case if you are a long term user but often these beliefs are just your brains way of giving you an excuse to maintain the habit so it can keep the dopamine fix it receives from continuing the behaviour.

  • Manage any emotions, such as unhappiness or boredom, which could be encouraging your habit, as well as emotional triggers such as stress release or relaxation.

  • Learn how to manage your environmental trigger points such as relaxing in front of the TV, after dinner, in the pub, at work and learn to control any cravings. Whatever your habit we will visualise and rehearse a different response to your stimuli which will be different for every person.

    If you have an unhealthy habit your unconscious mind has often wrongly associated the habit with delivering you comfort or something good. You then begin to associate your habit with good times and relief in bad times, and your mind now thinks that  body focused repetitive behaviours or things such as, alcohol or nicotine can relieve feelings like fear, anxiety and stress. In reality the habit actually leads you to feel anxious and on edge much of the time. 

  • You will also receive appropriate mp3s to listen to at home, to help you break the pattern of your habit.

Will Hypnotherapy Help Everyone?

I can't just wave a magic wand and your habit will disappear. If any kind of therapy was “guaranteed” how much effort would you put in? Your commitment and determination is needed. If you are prepared to take the responsibility and put in effort, then using the techniques you will learn will give you a fantastic chance to give up your habit for good.

We may also need to deal with any underlying issues such as anxiety or self esteem otherwise you may stop your habit  briefly, then start again within a couple of months, even a few days. Clients are often surprised at the positive effects in other areas of their lives as a result of resolving some of their beliefs and emotions that are maintaining their habits.

Client Feedback

Jo Simons - Hypnotherapy & Coaching
Based on 47 Google Reviews

Thank you very much Jo for my facetime session with you which you helped me to stop my craving and unhealthy habit of eating far to much chocolate as I was out of control and you helped me stop it and have willpower and now my cravings have stopped. Thank you so much for being there to help me as I already feel healthier and not an addict to chocolate any longer which is very rewarding. Thank you Jo, Hayley.

When I contacted Jo over a month ago she was very approachable and friendly. She got down to the route of the cause for me which was my chocolate addiction which I never knew it started from childhood. My session was 1.5hr long for this with a 15 minute audio to listen to for 3 weeks which I did before bed. From that day I never had the urge to pick up chocolate or to buy when shopping on the supermarket. I then reached out to Jo further along a month after to have another session to stop the snacking again - Jo assessing my behaviour and case to then perform another 1 hour hypnosis with another 10 minute audio to play as and when. It’s been nearly two months now and I am not a slave to unhealthy snacks or chocolate and can recommend Jo if you need help as shes friendly, calm and always helpful. Jo always remembers to message me once in a while to see how I’m getting on! Lovely lady and fantastic therapist for hypnosis! Jo deserves 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I've bitten my nails for years due to habits forming in childhood. In one session Jo helped me realise the consequence of my actions and apart from one particularly stressful situation I haven't gone back to biting since. So happy to have nails that can now be manicured!

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Find out more about how Hypnotherapy might help you overcome your habits.

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Banish your Unwanted Habits

Your needs are unique and you will receive tailored sessions that get to the heart of what you want to change. Therapy is a partnership and using cutting edge techniques we will make a difference to the way you think, not just focusing on your habit but on any others of your life you could benefit from changing.

Many people find that the confidence they gain from conquering an undesired habit quickly spreads to other areas of their lives.

Lets have a conversation today to discuss what you would like to let go of and to discuss if Hypnotherapy for Habits is the right approach for you.

I hold Hypnotherapy sessions Online as well as in Ealing, West London and London W1.

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