Nail biting, Stress Habits & Unconscious Behaviours

Whatever the reason for starting to bite your nails, for many adults the habit continues and can be made worse by stress or anxiety. It is usually an unconscious habit – nail biters often don’t realise that they are doing it.

A hypnotherapist can work with you to create change to this unconscious habit. Very often, by the time nail biting has become a ‘problem’, the habitual behaviour no longer requires a particular trigger. Hypnosis directly influences the part of our mind that deals with these habits.

Sometimes, but not always, nail-biting and similar habits (such as clearing your throat, or coughing without need) are tied up in the way we deal with stress. Anxiety is a normal response to feeling threatened or overwhelmed. People differ in the way stress affects them – their response may be made up of the memory of past experiences, beliefs and attitudes about situations, and what else is going on for them at a particular time.

Hypnotherapy can help you to form positive new alternatives to these habits, to help you cope with anxious situations and stress triggers in a constructive way.

We provide a service that helps people deal with these sorts of problems. We will treat you with respect to your individuality and privacy, and will take an approach with you that is right for you and your specific situation.