Hypnotherapy is often chosen by clients who are committed to changing patterns but who want support to achieve their goal. Most behaviours are driven by the subconscious mind so using hypnosis to uncover triggers for the behaviour and to establish a clear vision of the future without the problem can be very beneficial. A problem behaviour is an unwanted habit, pattern or addiction. It may be something which the person feels they have no control over even though it negatively affects their life or the lives of those they care about.

Habits such as overeating or smoking are common, but there are many other problem behaviours that may impact on their physical or emotional wellbeing or those around them such as:-

  • Drinking

  • Hair pulling

  • Biting nails

  • Misuse of alcohol

  • Perfectionism

  • Procrastination

  • Recreational drug use

  • Teeth-grinding

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. There are many reasons why individuals use substances but it will always involve changing how they feel.  These feelings can be pleasurable and creates a powerful urge to use the substance's again and over time this can lead to dependency. A person who is addicted to something is likely to experience withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop. As these can be extremely unpleasant, it is often easier to continue the behaviour to satisfy cravings. ( See weight loss treatments page )

Disordered eating is an umbrella term for a wide range of food-related behaviours that depart from established norms of healthy eating patterns; eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied. Unhealthy eating patterns are often connected to emotional eating or self-medicating with food and to poor body image and self-esteem. Hypnotherapy can help an individual to gain an understanding of their behaviours and the triggers behind those behaviours. I  may give suggestions to promote a healthy self-image and suggest behaviours that will support that change. Eating disorders that affect an individual’s health are considered psychiatric disorders and need specialist help.

Nail-biting, hair pulling and similar behaviours such as skin pulling are considered as stress-relieving habits. Whilst many people do these behaviours without realising it, they often increase in frequency when the individual is stressed, anxious or bored. In the case of teeth grinding or bruxism, as it is known by medical and dental professionals, it is often carried out in sleep. Because these habits are carried out automatically, without a conscious decision to do them, they can be hard to break. Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind and can often be the therapy of choice for individuals who want to change these behaviours.

The number of  sessions required will vary depending on the problem behaviour and the commitment of the client. For some issues the number of sessions will vary depending on the complexity of the problem.


Depending on the problem behaviour in question, I will discuss with the client  the behaviours they wish to change, any emotional triggers that lead to the behaviour and the level of commitment to change. I will teach visualisation techniques for focusing on the desired outcome and self-hypnosis and relaxation exercises.


NOTE: To succeed in stopping something or changing a behaviour the motivation must come from the client and not to satisfy someone else otherwise it is unlikely to be a success. 

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If you would like to book an appointment or find out more about Clinical Hypnotherapy contact Lorraine on 07968 449353 or Email.

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Hypnotherapy individual sessions £55.00 (Block bookings of 6 sessions £300.00 saving £30.00) Payment is required before a session begins and payment for block bookings is required before the first session begins. If you  would like to book an appointment or find out more about dealing with Bad Habits contact Lorraine on:  07968 449353 or emailFace to face sessions in my Practice or online - Zoom hypnotherapy.