The aim of clinical hypnotherapy for OCD is to change a person’s way of thinking, to give them control over OCD urges, and to reduce symptoms of anxiety.
Someone who is suffering from OCD is already in a highly focussed state, which is one of the main characteristics of hypnosis. They are essentially already in hypnosis, as their field of concentration has narrowed to only one task – reducing their OCD anxiety by a repetitive action, whether it be washing hands, or closing doors, or turning lights on or off. Sufferers often say they feel ‘spaced out’, or lose track of time, when the OCD anxiety afflicts them; again, indicators of a hypnotic state.
The problem is rooted in the subconscious mind. The majority of OCD conditions are attributable to emotional and developmental causes. A person’s inner conflicts can trigger the appearance of obsessive symptoms, creating a “vicious circle” of anxiety reactions that exacerbate the manifestation of OCD symptoms.
Clinical hypnotherapy allows a sufferer to communicate with their subconscious, to find out the root cause of OCD. Symptoms may begin to dissipate as soon as insight is gained.
A number of clinical hypnotherapy techniques can also be employed to reduce the anxiety caused by worrying about NOT carrying out the OCD activity. What OCD sufferers are experiencing is fear, and clinical hypnotherapy is effective at diminishing or eliminating the fear reaction inside the human mind, but providing the sufferer with vital coping techniques.
For more details of how clinical hypnotherapy can help OCD, please do contact me