Nail biting is very common and usually the end result of anxious thinking. It can also simply be a behavioural pattern than is so common for a client that they don’t even realize that they are doing it! The first step is to explore the situations when this behavioural pattern occurs. Then we proceed to change the thinking process which in turn changes the feeling responses that triggers the unhelpful behaviour. I see clients of all ages for nail biting. Often clients engage in nail biting at specific times of the day, often when they are a bit bored. Like many unhelpful behaviours many clients are somewhat embarrassed about the issue and only make contact when something has happened when they finally feel they can’t continue with this behaviour.
I recommend 2 – 3 sessions and regularly help clients with this at my Leeds and Manchester Hypnotherapy practice. The first step is to become more conscious of the specific times when this behaviour is present and then to be able to think and feel differently so the unhelpful behaviour ceases to exist! Its useful to remember that the nail biting is the result of thinking and feeling in a very specific way. This requires working with a great deal of precision and not simply focussing on past events and/or analysing the behaviour.