Portland Hypnotherapy and NLP:4 Steps Toward Helping OCD
Portland Hypnotherapy and NLP: 4 Steps Toward Helping OCD
I use conversational hypnosis and Neuro linguistics to help clients implement these 4 Steps toward overcoming obsessive behavior.
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, author of ‘Brain Lock’, breaks the healing program down to these 4 steps:
Step 1: Re-label. Call your behavior what it is: obsessive and/or compulsive. ‘This is my OCD,’ ‘this feeling is my obsessive behavior’. Re-labeling begins to prepare you for changing your responses to your urges. He says the key to success is to develop a strong ability to stand outside yourself and observe with awareness. Like most things, this takes practice. Can you do this?
Step 2 Reattribute. This means you answer the question(for yourself) of why you behave the way you do:and the answer is “because you have a medical condition where the brain malfunctions”. It’s not you, it’s your brain.The brain has trouble shifting gears and makes you feel uncomfortable. Changing your behavioral responses to these feelings and learning to shift gears properly, helps make the uncomfortable feelings begin to fade and become easier to control. Hypnotherapy helps with this process.
Step 3 Refocus. This means to focus on something other than your usual behavior. It requires active steps to strengthen the mind and switch to an alternate behavior.
Changing your behavior, changes your brain. He suggests trying timed efforts and making mental notes of how symptoms gradually change. Set a kitchen timer and don’t wash your hands more than once. Try to do something else as long as the timer is ticking. NLP is useful here.
Step 4 Revalue When you revalue and devalue unwanted behavior, thoughts and urges, you are strengthening your ability to stand outside yourself , creating more power and self-esteem. Again, hypnotherapy is helpful with this process.