Habit control is one condition for which hypnosis and self-hypnosis training are often utilized. I refer to those patients who wish to smoke and drink less frequently, address emotional eating, and maintain more poise and calm in situations that have elicited the fight-or-fight response in the past. It can also help resolve trauma – especially the trauma that can set the stage for mood alteration and addictive relationships.
John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame that Binds You, defines an addiction as “any pathological relationship with a mood-altering substance or behavior that has life-damaging consequences.” Those in recovery (or those who wish to be) from the grip of alcohol, tobacco, opioids, prescription medications of various types, recreational drugs, pornography, gambling, emotional eating or any other addictive relationship sometime find that instruction in self-hypnosis can be helpful in promoting progress toward therapeutic goals and/or providing a source of help in getting past a situation that has been accompanied by relapse.
To discuss whether hypnosis has something to offer you, patients are invited to call for a free 15-minute telephone consultation during which the patient’s needs, interests, and particular circumstances can be discussed under conditions of confidentiality, trust, and respect.
For information regarding availability, fees, and other arrangements, please call or email, and we usually respond within one business day.
Andrew J. Billups, PsyD