There are many people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder and it can be a debilitating condition that affects your life in many ways. You might feel like there is no way out of this cycle of anxiety and fear but there is hope.  At Lumiere Hypnotherapy, we offer hypnotherapy for OCD to help you break free from the hold that these thoughts have on your mind.

Hypnotherapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is classed as a mental health disorder. It can affect people of all ages and it's estimated that the condition affects as many as 12 in every 1,000 people in the UK. 

OCD is considered an anxiety-related condition where a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviours.

The unwanted thoughts become so distressing that they trigger intense feelings - sometimes resulting in compulsions and rituals where individuals engage in behaviours at length just trying to get rid of these obsessions before it becomes too much to handle again.

How do I know if I have OCD?

Common symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) include:

Obsessive (unwanted thoughts) such as fear of contamination, fear of becoming unwell or fear of hurting themselves. It can also include the desire for order and symmetry. In the past, OCD has also been linked with hoarding disorder

These are followed by compulsive behaviours to attempt to get some relief from the obsessive thoughts. These behaviours can include; handwashing, cleaning, and repetitive actions such as tapping items, counting and repeating words.

​An official diagnosis of OCD would be assessed by your doctor or a medical professional. If you think you have OCD it is important you contact your doctor. 

How Can Hypnotherapy Help With OCD?

Hypnotherapy can be effective in helping overcome OCD because it works on the subconscious mind where most of our habits originate. By using hypnosis, we can change how your brain responds to triggers which will reduce or eliminate your symptoms over time. Unlike Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions that require up to 12 sessions and in some cases much more, Hypnotherapy can result in much quicker results. Working on both aspects of the underlying anxious thoughts and the associated compulsive behaviours.

 

You’ll be able to stop worrying about things like germs, intrusive thoughts, checking locks multiple times before leaving home – whatever it is that makes up your particular set of obsessions and compulsions. And best of all, there are no side effects. It’s a safe and natural way to deal with these issues once and for all so you can get back to living life as usual without having to worry about them anymore.

How successful is Hypnotherapy for OCD?

Hypnotherapy brings about a change in your thinking patterns by working at a subconscious level of the mind. The part of your mind that controls around 95% of all your actions. 

 

While CBT is the most commonly referred therapy on the NHS for OCD, research has shown that in 18 comparative studies, those involving hypnosis had substantially enhanced treatment outcomes.  Hypnotherapy showed greater improvement than at least 70% of clients receiving nonhypnotic treatment. 

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Hypnotherapy for OCD can also be beneficial as a tool for relaxation and during your hypnotherapy sessions, you will be shown self-hypnosis techniques that you can then use in your everyday life.

Want to know if Hypnotherapy could help your OCD?

If you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy may be able to help you and to see if hypnotherapy is a suitable approach for you. You can book a free, no-obligation telephone consultation.