Unwanted Habits

Habits are thoughts or actions that we repeat again and again and as human beings we all have them. Some of those habits we like and are useful to us, while others don’t serve any healthy purpose and are unwanted. It can be difficult to break habits with will power alone but here at the Curative Hypnotherapy Clinic our techniques make the whole process simple and comfortable.

Some habits we consciously form and carry out, like going for a walk every Monday. Others are automatic and outside of our conscious awareness, like mindless nail biting or overeating. Many of these habits are ones that we want to be rid of because they conflict with the way we actually want to behave. However, because these habits happen without any conscious effort on our part they often prove very difficult to break without help to access that part of the unconscious mind that produces them.

Habit Formation

We are all born with the ability to form habits easily in order to help us with one of the most important tasks of survival; learning. At a very basic level the nervous system is designed to learn important information by repeating it. This process of habituating, or repeating something again and again, also helps to bring us closer to that which gives us pleasure and move us away from that which causes us pain. As this learning process is one that is pleasurable for us, so we will instinctively repeat behaviour that provides us with more knowledge and control of our surroundings. For example, when we first learned that fire burns, although it was painful, the new learning ensured future pleasure i.e. no more burns. The habit of avoiding fire is therefore created.

Unfortunately, this repeated behaviour and habit formation which brings us pleasure is very easily distorted. Habits may have immediate positive or pleasurable benefits but they may also have negative consequences for us physically and emotionally, as well as going against what we actually want for ourselves. For example, at some point in the past we may have come home from a difficult day and eaten some chocolate, and then immediately felt better. The unconscious part of the mind then stores this sequence of events, “feel bad, eat chocolate, feel better”. On the next difficult day, the mind will automatically prompt us to repeat this useful behaviour to gain temporary pleasure and avoid immediate pain, and so an emotional eating habit is formed and weight gain may result. The unconscious part of the mind that has stored the sequence of events, “feel bad, eat chocolate, bite nails, suck thumb, drink wine, smoke cigarette, feel better” is not the part of us that can accurately evaluate the continued usefulness of this habit.

Habit Breaking

At the Curative Hypnotherapy Clinic we will use Clinical Hypnotherapy to help you eliminate unwanted habits by helping the unconscious mind which is responsible for creating the habitual behaviour to consider its reasons for that behaviour. Once the underlying reasons for the habit are identified and dealt with the unconscious mind has no need or reason to produce the unwanted habitual behaviour. Along with Clinical Hypnotherapy, we will also use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help you become more aware of the behaviour so that you are in control of your choices about whether to continue with the behaviour or not. As a result, next time you are faced with the same choice your control is even stronger.

Testimonials

Karl Baxter

“…With a handful of sessions with David I saw a dramatic improvement in my outlook. I’ve no hesitation to recommend him for either smoking cessation or more deep rooted issues around mental wellbeing ” -Karl Baxter. Read more...Read more...
2014-07-04T13:23:13+00:00
“…With a handful of sessions with David I saw a dramatic improvement in my outlook. I’ve no hesitation to recommend him for either smoking cessation or more deep rooted issues around mental wellbeing ” -Karl Baxter. Read more...

Kate Cooke

“I have got that control back, have stopped comfort eating and have even managed to lose weight (over Christmas too). I don't really feel like I'm depriving myself…” -Kate Cooke. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:40:51+00:00
“I have got that control back, have stopped comfort eating and have even managed to lose weight (over Christmas too). I don't really feel like I'm depriving myself…” -Kate Cooke. Read more...

Aren Deu

“I have managed to curb my anxiety and have found a new lease of life… I have also managed to curb my binge eating habits…I am now in control of the important aspects of my life once again” -Aren Deu. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:38:12+00:00
“I have managed to curb my anxiety and have found a new lease of life… I have also managed to curb my binge eating habits…I am now in control of the important aspects of my life once again” -Aren Deu. Read more...

Linda Prince

“I have suffered from a cat phobia… There were at least three hotel cats who I could almost say were quite cute and attractive. Without the treatment sessions this holiday would have been a bit of a nightmare”-Linda Prince . Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:34:15+00:00
“I have suffered from a cat phobia… There were at least three hotel cats who I could almost say were quite cute and attractive. Without the treatment sessions this holiday would have been a bit of a nightmare”-Linda Prince . Read more...

Pindi Kaur

“…I was suffering severe depression and anxiety for many years until June 2013 when I became very poorly …Having only 3 sessions for depression and anxiety I was a different person, I got my life back ”-Pindi Kaur. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:31:09+00:00
“…I was suffering severe depression and anxiety for many years until June 2013 when I became very poorly …Having only 3 sessions for depression and anxiety I was a different person, I got my life back ”-Pindi Kaur. Read more...

Sue Strudley

“For many years I have suffered with lack of or disturbed sleep…this lead to me feeling consistently tired…(now)I fall asleep within minutes and wake up energised after a good 7-8 hours sleep ”-Sue Strudley. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:29:36+00:00
“For many years I have suffered with lack of or disturbed sleep…this lead to me feeling consistently tired…(now)I fall asleep within minutes and wake up energised after a good 7-8 hours sleep ”-Sue Strudley. Read more...

Louise Malley

“…The hypnotherapy itself has taught me to relax with ease in stressful situations. I definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers with anxiety issues...”- Louise Malley. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:28:17+00:00
“…The hypnotherapy itself has taught me to relax with ease in stressful situations. I definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers with anxiety issues...”- Louise Malley. Read more...

Nicola Walker

“I have suffered with IBS for over 10 years time…I felt I couldn’t control any aspect of my life …now I feel like I have complete control and can enjoy life again ”-Nicola Walker. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:05:57+00:00
“I have suffered with IBS for over 10 years time…I felt I couldn’t control any aspect of my life …now I feel like I have complete control and can enjoy life again ”-Nicola Walker. Read more...

Chloe Middleton

“….By the end of the third session I felt much better, more confident and was no longer feeling anxious…” -Chloe Middleton . Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T13:04:24+00:00
“….By the end of the third session I felt much better, more confident and was no longer feeling anxious…” -Chloe Middleton . Read more...

Leigh-Anne Higgins

“Thank you for taking away that horrible black cloud that hung over me most days…the old Leigh-Anne seems to be back ”-Leigh-Anne Higgins. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T12:56:41+00:00
“Thank you for taking away that horrible black cloud that hung over me most days…the old Leigh-Anne seems to be back ”-Leigh-Anne Higgins. Read more...

Pippa Dixon

“All my life and for as long as I can remember I have been petrified of dogs…(post treatment) … My friends and family cannot believe the change in me. The results are incredible, I now feel comfortable being with dogs, the picture is evidence! ” -Pippa Dixon. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T12:53:57+00:00
“All my life and for as long as I can remember I have been petrified of dogs…(post treatment) … My friends and family cannot believe the change in me. The results are incredible, I now feel comfortable being with dogs, the picture is evidence! ” -Pippa Dixon. Read more...

Steve Rollinson

“….helped me in controlling my stress and anxiety….helped me control my anger and frustrations. I am sleeping so much better and longer and can face the daily problems head on ” -Steve Rollinson. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T12:50:27+00:00
“….helped me in controlling my stress and anxiety….helped me control my anger and frustrations. I am sleeping so much better and longer and can face the daily problems head on ” -Steve Rollinson. Read more...

Mita Patel

“…So many anxieties and thoughts were making life very difficult (to get through and even waking up each morning was a struggle itself). I wish I had known about the hypnotherapy clinic sooner it truly has changed my life…” -Mita Patel. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T12:47:12+00:00
“…So many anxieties and thoughts were making life very difficult (to get through and even waking up each morning was a struggle itself). I wish I had known about the hypnotherapy clinic sooner it truly has changed my life…” -Mita Patel. Read more...

Debbie Jennings

“To date I have lost 22lb’s, have not felt the need to use food as a comforter once during this time and actually enjoy exercising…” -Debbie Jennings. Read more...Read more...
2015-09-25T12:41:16+00:00
“To date I have lost 22lb’s, have not felt the need to use food as a comforter once during this time and actually enjoy exercising…” -Debbie Jennings. Read more...

Victoria cook

“Hi David. Just got back from Australia and I had absolutely no problems at all on any of the flights. We had 6 flights over the last 3 weeks and all of them were hassle and stress free so thanks ever so much.” -Victoria cook. Read more...Read more...
2016-08-19T13:36:07+00:00
“Hi David. Just got back from Australia and I had absolutely no problems at all on any of the flights. We had 6 flights over the last 3 weeks and all of them were hassle and stress free so thanks ever so much.” -Victoria cook. Read more...