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 obsessions or obsessive behaviours. These usually take the form of repeated checking or counting routines, or obsessive cleaning. They 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 our obsessions or obsessive behaviours are, it is usually helpful to know that they are in fact ‘safety seeking’ behaviours. The need to carry out routines to help us to feel safe(r) develops because there is an underlying generalised anxiety present. Sometimes obsessions can develop to the point where they can undermine our life. For example, we may need to carry out an increasing number of checking routines before we feel able to leave the house.
Causes of underlying anxiety
Neuroscientific research over recent decades has found that we experience feelings of anxiety when our nervous system is dysregulated. This dysregulation is most often caused by unresolved, conflicted emotions (often held subconsciously). Or perhaps by an unresolved trauma. The obsessions develop as an attempt to ward off the inner discomfort and the sense of ‘something bad about to happen’. Our dysregulated nervous system causes these feelings. However, most people with obsessions will not even be aware that they have any inner discomfort or dysregulation. This is 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. We tend to store the original causes subconsciously (i.e. outside of conscious awareness). This makes it more difficult in many ways if we 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). The choice of which one (or more) to take depends on the individual and their circumstances. We usually make the decision together during the initial consultation.
Please browse my site for information on the various therapies / approaches that I practise.
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