Hypnotherapy for OCD
Are you exhausted from the constant struggle of trying to live a normal life with OCD? You’re not alone! There are around three-quarters of a million people in the UK who struggle with OCD. The condition can feel incredibly crippling. And without treatment, it can easily get worse. Hypnotherapy for OCD in London or online can give you extra support on your journey to healing.
It is possible to get better! So, why not explore your options? Read on to learn more about what hypnotherapy can do for you.
What Is OCD?
People who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) struggle with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. And the condition intrudes into their daily lives.
Irresistible urges come as they please. You may feel compelled to wash your hands repeatedly, turn taps or lights on and off, or clean and scrub until your fingers bleed. These are just some of the examples of involuntary behaviour you may experience.
Such actions are often fueled by obsessive thoughts that you just can’t stop thinking about. They often revolve around strong feelings of dread.
Some common fears are of:
- germs or dirt
- losing control
- bad things happening
- hurting yourself or others
They often cause heavy anxiety that compels OCD sufferers into certain behaviours. And it’s because they bring temporary relief! But they can never fully relax.
This is why many OCD sufferers feel enslaved by their condition.
It’s like a vicious cycle of intrusive thoughts, overwhelming anxiety, compulsive behaviour and brief relief. But then another troubling thought arises, and you're back at square one.
The causes of OCD may be genetic or may come from certain disruptions in information processing of the brain. But it can also stem from emotional, environmental and developmental factors. It's often treated with medication and traditional psychological approaches like CBT or exposure therapy.
Some people will find relief from that approach, but for others, it just won’t be effective enough. That’s when it’s a good idea to try an alternative!
Here’s how hypnotherapy for OCD can help you.
Hypnotherapy for OCD
Before we get into more detail, it’s important to note that OCD is a complex issue. That’s why the solution is rarely simple.
It’s very useful to know your triggers so that you can better manage your symptoms. But that alone won’t change your behaviour.
The main assumption is that OCD thoughts and behaviours are deeply rooted in the subconscious. It's why they're so irresistible. And that’s exactly where hypnotherapy can be so powerful!
OCD is, at its core, an anxiety disorder. While more research is needed when it comes to treating OCD with hypnotherapy, there are some promising studies. They show hypnotherapy's effectiveness in reducing general anxiety. And since anxiety leads to compulsive behaviour, hypnotherapy can step in to loosen its grip.
Relaxation of the body and the mind is the basis of any hypnosis session. A certified hypnotherapist will know how to create a safe space for you to let go and relax. They will gently guide you into a state of hypnosis. There, you’ll be able to explore your thoughts, triggers, urges and behaviours.
And their root cause!
The goal of hypnotherapy for OCD is to help lessen the power that those urges and obsessions have over you. And if you’re able to reduce the anxiety, you’ll also be able to control your compulsions better. A high-quality hypnotherapist can assist you in resolving past traumas and inner conflicts that exacerbate your symptoms. This might even remove certain triggers!
All in all, hypnotherapy for OCD in London or online can be an ideal additional treatment on your path to healing. If you’re considering trying hypnotherapy in London, feel free to book a free consultation with me.