Help for Obsessions & Obsessive behaviours using psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, cognitive therapy at 1066 Therapy
covering East Sussex, Battle, Hastings, Bexhill, Rye, Heathfield, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Ashford and Kent.
I am often asked for help by people with various obsessions or obsessive behaviours. These usually take the form of repeated checking or counting routines, or obsessive cleaning, but can also be repetitive thoughts for instance. I have helped a variety of clients with obsessive problems at my practice just outside of Battle, East Sussex. Sometimes the obsessions are their main reason for wanting help and sometimes it is part of a range of issues.
Whatever a person’s obsessions are, it is usually helpful to know that whatever form their obsessive behaviour takes, it is in fact a ‘safety seeking’ behaviour. The need to carry out routines to help people to feel safe develops because there is an underlying generalised anxiety present. Sometimes obsessions can develop to the point where they can undermine a person’s life; for example, needing to carry out an increasing number of checking routines before they feel able to leave the house.
Neuroscientific research over recent decades has found that feelings of anxiety are experienced when our nervous system is dysregulated. This dysregulation is most often caused by unresolved, conflicted emotions (often held subconsciously), or perhaps an unresolved trauma. The obsessions develop as an attempt to ward off the inner discomfort and the sense of ‘something bad about to happen’ caused by their dysregulated nervous system. However, most people with obsessions will not even be aware that they have any inner discomfort or dysregulation, because the way they feel inside is their ‘normal’.
The need for carrying out obsessions has its origin in past events which have been challenging, adverse, emotionally overwhelming, or traumatic – and therefore dysregulating to the nervous system – in some way for the individual. These events are usually from early life and often long-forgotten by the time a person starts developing safety seeking behaviours. Often these original causes are stored subconsciously (i.e. operating outside of conscious awareness) which makes it more difficult in many ways for people who have obsessive problems. However, it is possible to resolve the causes of obsessive behaviours using appropriate therapy.
I offer different approaches for this (and every problem) and the choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances – the decision is usually made during the initial consultation.
Please browse my site for information on the various therapies / approaches that I practise.
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