Help to Resolve Obsessive Symptoms at Hypnotherapy Cardiff
Understanding Obsessive Thoughts, Behaviours and Disorders
You would normally hear or read about obsessive behaviours and disorders being linked with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which is a diagnosis widely used within the mental health profession. However, in the IAEBP, we have found it more helpful to separate compulsive behaviours from obsessive behaviours as their impact upon people’s lives and the way in which they are experienced is very different.
As a rule of thumb, a compulsive behaviour is one that is undertaken, often with little thought, on impulse or with a sense of having been ‘driven’ to it, and instant relief is felt. There may be some feelings of guilt or shame felt afterwards, but immediate gratification is felt at the time. (For more info on compulsive behaviours and disorders click here.)
For obsessive thoughts and behaviours, this sense of relief is often never achieved. The person is likely to focus excessively on the issue at hand, often becoming totally preoccupied by it; they can find themselves involved in repetitive cycles of behaviour which provide little or no relief, and sometimes activities are carried out to ensure something else (often something bad) does not happen.
The types of Obsessive Thoughts, Behaviours and Disorders that can often be Treated Successfully at Hypnotherapy Cardiff
Obsessive thoughts and behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as tidiness (e.g. placing all food tins in the cupboard with the label facing outwards) to counting numbers or doing sums in their head to the point that they can think of nothing else.
With all obsessional thoughts and behaviours, it is the degree to which the issue is preoccupying your time and/or limiting your life that is important. For example, someone who worries about dirt or contamination may simply wash their hands carefully, maybe try and avoid using public toilets, or perhaps ensure they do not touch doors or handles in public toilets even if this means waiting a long time for someone else to open the door so they can nip through ‘untouched’.
However, place this same person under stress and they may begin to wash their hands obsessively and for some people this may become ritualistic to the point that their hands are never clean enough to leave their house.
The following list is not exhaustive, but covers the more common obsessions that have been treated successfully at Hypnotherapy Cardiff:
Threat of contamination and germs
Eating issues (e.g. avoiding certain foods, anorexia)
Constant worry about something
Sleeping problems (e.g. insomnia)
Paranoia including excessive jealousy or possessiveness of a partner
Continual negative thoughts including causing harm to self or others
Intrusive thoughts including sexual, blasphemous or violent ones
Constant counting or checking
Excessive tidiness or hoarding things or worrying about throwing things out
Rituals (e.g. ‘if you don’t walk on the cracks in the pavement, nothing bad will happen’, if you bump one side of your body you have to match it in the other to ‘even yourself up’, always checking locks a certain number of times)
Please do not be put off if your particular issue has not been identified in the list above: obsessive thoughts, behaviours and disorders are so varied and often specific to the individual that it would be impossible to list them all here. What is important to realise is that it is the underling reasons for the behaviour that is significant and it is this that is treated with hypnotherapy, rather than the precise behaviours themselves. If you have any doubts, please CONTACT US for a discussion.
How Hypnotherapy Cardiff Can Help the people of Cardiff and the surrounding areas
Many people who have obsessive thoughts and behaviours will try and hide them from others, perhaps thinking that people won’t understand or may judge them for it. Here at Hypnotherapy Cardiff we have many years of experience working with people to help them resolve their obsessive patterns of thinking and behaviour and you will find us to be open, friendly, helpful and completely non-judgmental in our approach.
For certain obsessive behaviours , hypnosis, combined with suggestion therapy can help to enable you to reduce your obsessions and to feel more in control.
An added bonus is that hypnosis is well documented as being wonderfully relaxing and effective at reducing stress levels.
But perhaps your issues are more long term or pervasive and you have found that your obsessive behaviour or disorder is having a limiting effect upon your life?
In these circumstances it is likely that you would benefit more from going through The Thrive Programme with me which is a unique, research based and self empowering psychological training programme which, as well as aiming to help you to detect, understand and then change any unhelpful thoughts, habits or behaviours that you might have developed in regard to your obsessive behaviour, also aims to help and empower you to create strong psychological and emotional foundations which can often lead to a more confident and resilient you and less likely to worry about obsessive behaviour/s any more.
(For more info on The Thrive Programme click here.)
Or Cognitive Processing and Integration Therapy where we can help you to explore and re-process any past unresolved or ongoing issues that may play a part in your presenting symptom in a safe, totally non judgemental way.
This type of therapy is done in a very relaxing and effectual manner and can often help you to reprocess and re-evaluate certain thoughts, feelings and experiences enabling you to see them in a more helpful manner and aiming to help give you a clearer or different perspective on things.
(For more info on Cognitive Processing and Integration click here.)
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