Behavioural Difficulties, Sleep Problems, OCD and Phobias

Suzanne sees people with behavioural difficulties, sleep problems, insomnia, OCD and phobias. Suzanne Thomas is a London hypnotherapist who uses hypnosis, relaxation, self-hypnosis, mindfulness, NLP, imagery and visualisation within a counselling, therapy framework to help with behavioural difficulties, sleep problems, insomnia, OCD and phobias. She is a fully registered hypnotherapist practising hypnotherapy in London.

However you are feeling, it is likely to be reflected in your behaviour. Behavioural difficulties cover everything from blushing or nail biting through to hair pulling and self harm. These behaviours probably have meaning that perhaps cannot be expressed in any other way; eg: blushing may be an outlet for otherwise unacceptable emotion. Self harm could be about self punishment or relief or articulation of emotional pain. They may, over time, have become purely habit but you may feel embarrassed about the behaviour or its consequences. Whatever form or meaning this behaviour takes, it is probably time to do something about it.

You may want to also look at the pages on self esteem and confidence, eating disorders weight and addiction, depression or anxiety.

Phobias often result in altered behaviour either in reaction to the feared thing or in avoidance of it. Phobias differ from ‘ordinary’ fear through their irrationality and their encapsulation. It is illogical so logic (eg: plane crash statistics) does not address it. Furthermore, the phobia is very specific and contained within its own world. The phobic person may be happy and content apart from this issue. The most common phobias are flying, tube trains, lifts, enclosed places or places that are difficult to get out of. These may overlap as they are often all expressions of claustrophobia. Alternately, one of these situations may trigger reminders of the problematic one and so ‘catch’ it. Heights, driving, insects and vegetables are also fairly common. Actually, people can become phobic of absolutely anything. A phobia can significantly impact on life, particularly if the feared thing crops up frequently, and can be very distressing and disabling.

OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder covers far wider ground than I can cover here.  Briefly, it’s about a particular, often repeated, behaviour that feels out of control to stop.  Usually there’s a notion that, however irrational, the behaviour is somehow helping to prevent or make something happen.

Hypnotherapy and Counselling for Behavioural difficulties, OCD and Phobias

Hypnotherapy and counselling as well as behavioural techniques are wonderfully effective ways to change behaviour.  We may work on the behaviour itself or on understanding what’s behind the behaviour or on changing thought patterns.  Behavioural difficulties cover such a wide remit that that it is not possible to suggest specific techniques here for working with them but safe to say that anything that has been learned can be un-learned and something different learned in its place.

Working with phobias usually involves first de-sensitising the feelings around the phobia using relaxation and visualisation techniques in order to be able to discover its origins and pull it out by the roots.

Here are some tools and suggestions:

  • Click on the Soundcloud link on the home page of this website and listen daily to one or other of my relaxations every day to relax, centre yourself and have a mini holiday.
  • Talk to someone. Talk to a friend but, if it has been going on for a while or seems particularly distressing or is impacting on your life, consider seeking professional help. See your GP. You can come to see Suzanne . You will find contact details right here on this website. If you live too far away to consult Suzanne, go to the National Council for Hypnotherapy or the General Hypnotherapy Register websites to find a well qualified hypnotherapist in your area.
  • You’re welcome to come to see me. Contact me to talk further.