Wave goodbye to compulsions, obsessive thoughts and rituals. Hypnotherapy could resolve your OCD!

OCD is a nasty piece of work. I’ve used hypnotherapy to help people suffering from its effects in Reading, Oxford, London, Wallingford and Thame. I have worked with people from other cities and from overseas as well, using Zoom.  I’ve helped compulsive checkers, cleaners, people with relationship, harm or paedeophile OCD, those with obsessive thoughts (‘pure o’) and those who suffer from OCD’s close relative, scrupulosity.

Harm OCD, Relationship OCD, Paedophile OCD, Health OCD, suicide OCD and Homosexuality OCD, I’ve worked with them all using a blend of psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and mindfulness based approaches. I’ve worked with men and women and also with children as young as seven years of age. 

problemsThey’re all horrible forms of OCD from which to suffer and I’m sorry if you’re here because you’re looking for help with any of them. The last few years have seen the incidence of various forms of OCD rise dramatically, in both adults and in children. It has been sad to witness the impact of the pandemic upon the nation’s mental health.  The good news, however, is that help is at hand. I am at hand. Have a read of this page and get in touch!

Anybody reading this post will understand the diagram below, the one of the OCD cycle. The trouble is, however, that having OCD is a little like having chickenpox. Satisfying the urge to scratch does nothing to resolve the feeling. It comes right back or else never really goes away at all. It seems as if you can’t win!

You can win!

Others have won. They’ve beaten their own OCD symptoms and have resolved the underlying emotional difficulties as well. You could too!

I should imagine that you’ve previously gone down the counselling route. It obviously didn’t help you to resolve your OCD. You’ve probably read a few self-help books too. Perhaps it’s now time to consider something different. I think you’ll be glad you did. It’s my belief that hypnotherapy can help to amplify the effects of all other treatments and so becomes the most effective  therapy of all. 

I also offer hypnotherapy online for OCD, using vsee, zoom or whatsap. Please get in touch for more details as to how this works.

Hypnotherapy for OCD is an effective treatment

I have used hypnotherapy in Reading, Thame, Oxford, London and Wallingford and have helped hypnotherapy ocdplenty of people who have succeeded in driving OCD to extinction. They’ve done it and so will you!

Hypnotherapy, when combined with other approaches such as mindfulness and psychotherapy, is great for OCD. It teaches us to relax around the feeling that not performing a certain task will end in disaster. Hypnotherapy can help us to reprogram our minds so that we don’t feel the same urge to complete meaningless task A, B or C. It helps to tame and eliminate obsessive thoughts too. 

Allied with cognitive behavioural approaches and response prevention techniques, hypnotherapy can be a very powerful tool indeed. 

I’ve just finished seeing a woman for OCD. I checked that she didn’t actually believe what her thoughts were telling her – that not following her urges would lead to catastrophe – and then taught her to relax around these urges. Her story is pretty typical and the details are sufficiently vague and changed so as to protect confidentiality.

She began to let go of her OCD rituals, one by one, until the whole structure fell apart!

ocd hypnotherapyShe came to see that relaxing around these urges would render them less urgent and powerful. She became aware of her thoughts and felt confident that she could ignore them and leave the room without performing one of her very many OCD rituals. 

Other techniques helped her to disrupt those triggers which led to her OCD behaviours and thought patterns. Her responses changed and the neural connections which linked trigger to response fell apart.

We approached this step by step until she taught herself that she could pick on one task at a time and eliminate it from her routine. Once behaviours began to be picked off, successfully, the others began to weaken and disappeared almost by themselves. It’s a little like pulling a thread on some piece of clothing. The whole garment quite quickly unravels.

It’s not simply a case of working on the compulsions and rituals, however, and please do avoid poorly trained individuals who focus only upon the symptoms of OCD.

Neither is it a case of looking back for what some hypnotherapists call an ISE, an ‘initial sensitising event’. There generally isn’t one event which sparks OCD. It is usually a family situation, a parent with the same or an allied condition, or both combined.

These circumstances and their consequent effects upon emotional regulation and self-esteem / self-acceptance will all need to worked through.

Working on underlying anxieties will prove crucial

OCD is an anxiety disorder. Anxiety doesn’t like being free-floating. It seeks things to which to attach itself and the fear of bad things happening leads to OCD symptoms as a means of attempting to prevent such bad things from taking place. Whilst working on the OCD symptoms is important we also set to work on resolving your underlying anxieties. You will learn that you are far stronger than you’ve ever appreciated. You can learn to let go of painful events from your past. Focusing on the symptoms alone, you see, will not bring a lasting recovery. The symptoms will return at some point or turn into something else. 

My clients come to see that hypnotherapy could free them from habits which they had once thought would be with them for life. OCD is a symptom of an underlying anxiety.  I help my clients to work on causes and symptoms at the same time.

Obsessive thoughts are a horrible experience too.

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Obsessive thoughts / intrusive can be horrific. We try to argue against them, we try not to think about them at all. We tell ourselves that they will pass with time and they never seem to do so at all.

They can become like chameleons, changing and morphing into new thoughts which seem designed to torture us into madness.

Thoughts about harming others or one’s own self can be terrible things to experience. I’ve worked with people who suffered the whole range of possible intrusive thoughts and do understand the way in which they come to affect and limit your ability to function.

Telling others can seem impossible too. What if those obsessive thoughts surround the harming of others, even loved ones? People with ‘harm ocd’ fear that their children might be taken away, that others will think them ‘mad’, ‘bad’ or worse. Nobody must know and so the suffering continues. It’s a terribly lonely thing.

Hypnotherapy could help you. I’m a fully trained psychotherapist and can thus use a wide range of psychotherapeutic interventions as well as the power of hypnosis. Give me a call, get in touch and we can discuss how to begin that process of escaping from OCD.

Could you learn to leave it behind you?

OCD can feel like a prison, a life-sentence –  and the bars become thicker and stronger every day.

It doesn’t have to be that way, I teach my clients to relax around thoughts, to take control, to change their pitch, tone, accent and so reduce their authority. Engaging with the thoughts, arguing with them, only brings the thoughts on with greater strength.

Above all I teach them to remove the connection between an obsessive / intrusive thought and the stress response which follows in their wake. You don’t have to be stressed by OCD related thoughts and I can teach you how to do it.

If you allow yourself to become stressed by the appearance and persistence of these thoughts then you are fuelling the fire. Stress makes them stronger. Learning to relax around them, as difficult as it sounds, will prove to be the key to your recovery.

Through the use of a whole range of techniques these obsessive or intrusive thoughts can be so weakened that eventually they simply die away. It isn’t an instant cure but it is an effective process. Hypnotherapy can help you to leave OCD behind you, once and for all.

It’s certainly worth the price of a ‘phone call to find out, isn’t it!?

Here’s my home page for hypnotherapy in Oxford, visit here for hypnotherapy in Thame or go here instead if you live in either Reading or Wallingford

At some point you’ll decide to say ‘NO!’ It’s going to feel a little bit scary but it’ll also feel good to chalk up your first victory!

You needn’t allow OCD to rule your life. I have seen a good number of people from Reading, Oxford, Didcot and Wallingford for OCD and they now live lives free of OCD. You could too. All it takes is for you to decide that enough is enough and that you’ll persevere until OCD is killed off and buried. After all, if you’re reading this then you’ll understand how things can’t be much more difficult than they already are.

Hypnotherapy for OCD can help you. Why not call me on 07786 123736, 01183 280284 or 01865 600970 to find out more about how it could help you too? Alternatively you could email me on paul@resolvedhypnotherapy.co.uk or simply use the contact form below.

I look forward to hearing from you and to beginning work on setting you free to live your life the way you’d like to. You can be free of OCD. Hypnotherapy can help you.

Best wishes

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