Compulsions

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What are Compulsions and Compulsive Behaviours?

You would normally hear or read about compulsive 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 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.

(For more info on obsessive behaviours and disorders click here.)

The different types of Compulsions

Compulsive behaviours can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping to more reckless behaviours such as self-harming.

One of the issues with compulsive behaviours is that most of them undertaken to excess can have very damaging impacts on people’s lives:  the compulsive shopper may find themselves heavily in debt or even bankrupt, while the compulsive self-harmer may place their life in jeopardy on a regular basis.

The following list is not exhaustive, but covers the more common compulsive behaviours that have been helped with Hypnosis and Cognitive Processing & Integration Therapy:

▪ Excessive shopping
▪ Excessive drinking
▪ Addictive behaviour (e.g. gambling, misusing drugs or other substances, eating disorders such as bulimia)
▪ Sexual behaviours (e.g. having numerous sexual partners, having regular unprotected sex)
▪ Lying and/or cheating
▪ Nail biting
▪ Self-harming
▪ Hair twiddling and/or pulling (known as trichotillomania)

Please do not be put off if your particular issue has not been identified in the list above:  compulsive 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 underlying reasons for the behaviour that is significant and it is this that is treated with hypnotherapy, rather than the precise behaviours themselves.

How Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Can Help with Compulsions

Many people who have compulsive disorders and behaviours find themselves feeling a little out of control or driven by factors they can not understand.

Sometimes people may feel a little ashamed or guilty about their compulsive behaviours and therefore avoid seeking help.

Therapy for Compulsions in Cornwall

The choice of therapy to help your Compulsions is going to depend on just how much the problem is affecting your day-to-day life, and also how long you have been suffering from the problem.

Jo Rogers is able to offer two main techniques for helping you to resolve your Compulsions:

Psychotherapy for Compulsions

If your problem is more significant and is having a seriously disruptive effect on your personal or professional life, then you may wish to consider a technique such as psychotherapy. This type of therapy can help you to rewire and delete the unwanted emotions, behaviors and symptoms of Compulsions from the unconscious. This remarkable therapy is a type of neuro-plasticity and makes positive changes through an experiential and unique process. You will feel as if on a journey, at a pace that feels right to you, discovering the unconscious causes of the way in which you feel today. Slowly and gently you will gain an understanding of yourself in a way that you did not have before, making sense of those unwanted symptoms. We call this the discovery phase and adhering to specific guidelines in this particular form of psychotherapy, we are then able to change those thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are having such a negative impact on your life, restoring you to peace and tranquility. This is an holistic therapy.

Clinical Hypnosis for Compulsions

If your particular problem is “relatively” minor and only affects you now and again, then you may have found that you have been able to tolerate the feelings that you have experienced.

In these circumstances I would normally recommend a few sessions of Clinical Hypnosis (Suggestion Therapy) as this particular technique has an excellent track record in these cases.

Contact JTR Hypnotherapy in Cornwall

If you’d like to arrange for an initial consultation at my clinic, or if you have any queries that you’d like me to answer, then you can e-mail me on jorogers@JTRhypnotherapy.co.uk, or if you’d prefer, you can fill out my online-enquiry form.

To find details of my practice location look at the Location page HERE of if you want to see my opening hours then click HERE.

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Call Me To Arrange an Initial Consultation on 07789 078186.