One of the most common reasons for people to visit a hypnotherapist is for habit change. Most habits are perpetuated at the unconscious or non-conscious level. Your conscious or logical parade recognises that it probably isn’t a desirable activity, but that doesn’t usually stop you doing it. That is because we spend a good deal of our time in our own thoughts, which is effectively a trance state, and often it isn’t until we pay conscious attention to the problem that we recognise it as an issue.
Some habits form part of a coping mechanism, a way of relieving anxiety. Others are just purely habituated behaviours that do not necessarily have any particular emotional underpinning. Habits can support addictive or compulsive behaviour, and can be a component in everything from smoking, binge eating, excessive drinking and other drug use, through to simpler things like nail biting. There are plenty of approaches that will tell you that it takes 30 days or more to break a habit. However, that research is based on people trying to use willpower and logic to break the habit.
The habit is part of a largely non-conscious behaviour and needs to be dealt with at the non-conscious level if you want solution based results with minimal meetings.
Prediction: 1 – 4 sessions