Asanté Counselling & Therapy Centre
Confidential and Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy Services in Drogheda, County Louth.
Nail biting & Blushing
Of all the nervous habits that people engage in nail biting is perhaps one of the most common. Often it is a habit that develops in response to life events and one that can cause considerable distress, particularly in women. Many people begin biting their nails when they get stressed and continue to do so during stressful times. For some the damage that they do to their nails can become significant causing them considerable pain and even bleeding.
Therapy usually focuses on two aspects of nail biting, the habit and the emotional drivers of it. People often think that by trying not to think of biting their nails that they will forget to do it. In therapy however we often encourage an attitude of mindfulness to begin breaking the habit. Increasing a person’s awareness by suggesting that they think about what they are doing and make a conscious decision to stop can be a powerful tool .
The emotions that trigger nail biting can range from nervousness and anxiety to specific fears related to times in a persons life when biting ones nails helped them cope. Therapy focuses on helping the client develop alternative coping mechanisms for these negative emotions and on letting go of them. These emotions which are often triggered by social situations can often be resolved quickly using a combination of techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and by using creative visualisations of those situations. Usually clients can stop biting their nails in between one and four sessions depending on the underlying causes by using these fast and effective therapeutic techniques. For more information on therapy for nail biting please call 041-9803783.
Similar to nail biting, blushing can develop as a response to life events however it can also become an automatic response that is triggered by social interactions. People who develop a problem with blushing often describe it as being extremely distressing and that it can cause them to avoid social situations completely.
Blushing can be experienced by both men and women of all ages and can often be resolved quickly using a combination of techniques such as hypnotherapy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Usually a course of therapy lasts for around four to six sessions over a period of about eight weeks. This is often sufficient to resolve both the unconscious automatic response and the fears associated with blushing.
As with many behaviours that people cannot control, the fear of blushing can trigger it especially if they become aware of the possibility of it happening in certain situations. Some even describe this fear that it might happen as being worse than it actually happening, resolving these fears in therapy using EFT are often vital in stopping blushing permanently. For more information on therapy for blushing click here... to read a case study or call David on 087-0555858.