Nail biting is hardly a life-threatening bad habit, but it can still take a toll — marring the image you present to the world and even permanently disfiguring your fingers. Not only that, but it is likely to be a manifestation of poorly managed anxiety or stress that you would be better off addressing.

Individuals develop problems with Onychophagia, or excessive chewing on the nails and fingertips, for different reasons. For some nail biters, generalised anxiety acts like the psychological glue that makes the habit stick. Chewing their nails while under pressure becomes an unconscious action that they hardly even notice. For others, pain or anxiety pushed down out of awareness are the driving forces behind the behaviour, with immediate triggers harder to predict.

However, neither scenario represents a positive way of handling feelings — and compulsive nail biting can result in frustration and embarrassment.

Multiple failed attempts to stop chewing your nails mean the techniques you’re using haven’t been able to change the part of the mind that compels you to do it in the first place. Constant failure and feeling out of control can also lead to lowered self esteem.

The good news is, no matter how deeply ingrained your nail nibbling habit is, or and how many times you’ve tried to stop, you can get help to break it.

Nail biting hypnotherapy

The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy are ready to help you stop chewing your nails with counselling and habit-breaking hypnotherapy. We work with you to find the reasons behind your habit and teach you strategies to put you back in control. We can help you face-to-face in our Highett clinic in Melbourne, or from the comfort of your own home via secure online sessions.

Don’t be shown up by sore, raggedy, finger tips.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 to find out more, or use our contact form to book your confidential appointment. All calls are completely confident and there is absolutely no obligation.

Let’s Work Together!

At Bayside Psychotherapy, we use a tailored approach to treatment, rather than one-size-fits-all band aid solutions. After the first consultation, our therapists design customised programs to suit clients’ needs, and evaluate their progress regularly to make sure it’s having an effect.

Our experienced counsellors have training in variety of counselling methods, including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, NLP, mindfulness therapy and Buddhist psychotherapy. They can choose from a wide range of tools to help you work on both the conscious and unconscious levels of your mind, giving you a better chance of lasting success.

Hypnotherapy is one of the most popular treatments for nail biting, possibly because people think it will deliver a quick fix. However, it’s often more effective to make a deeper exploration of the issues underlying bad habits through counselling and psychotherapy. Our aim is to find the best methods for you, so you can discover lasting inner peace and outer composure unmarred by this annoying habit.

How Long will Treatment Take?

It’s natural to want short term treatment especially since nail biting is regarded as just a minor and inconsequential vice. But everyone’s personal history is unique, and everyone response to therapy differently. Although many clients find significant relief from nail biting after just a few sessions, some people may need more time. And you may find that addressing this ‘visible’ symptom of anxiety has more expansive positive effects for your mental health. If nail biting is serving a purpose as an outlet for something buried in your subconscious, it may take longer to tease out the cause and effect by analysing unconscious formations like dreams, slips of the tongue and other unconscious patterns.

If you prefer to begin immediately, we suggest downloading our self hypnosis MP3 recording for nail biting, which will also enhance the effects of your your therapy sessions.

The social cost of nail biting is real, and not addressing compulsive stress-related habits can mean they cause more problems over time.

Is it time for you to seek help?

Contact us for more details by calling (03) 9557 9113 or using our online form. You can make a confidential face-to-face or online appointment here.

Note: Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely on our clients’ full commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with trauma, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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