Do you grind your teeth? Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is a common habit. A lot of people do this while they’re asleep and many do it while they’re awake as well. It’s one of the classic examples of a person’s inner turmoil coming through in their physical habits.

There are plenty of reasons to stop grinding your teeth. Tooth grinding can be painful, and lead to TMJ (trans mandibular joint) syndrome, as well as damaged teeth and enamel. Anxiety, anger and stress could be playing such a large part in your daily life that you clench your jaw and grind your teeth without even realising it. Your dentist may be the one who alerts you to the problem.

The trained therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy have expertise in various treatment methodologies, including hypnotherapy, deep relaxation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and others. Seeking help to understand what is causing the suppressed emotions that lead to tooth grinding may be an effective way of stopping it.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

Call Bayside Psychotherapy on (03) 9557 9113 to find out if we’re able to help you. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Teeth Grinding Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

The root cause of teeth grinding isn’t always clear. However, it’s usually linked to stress, anxiety and sleep issues. Teeth grinding often happens either during sleep, stressful situations or while concentrating. Most people who grind their teeth and clench their jaws aren’t always aware they’re doing it as it doesn’t always cause symptoms. 

At Bayside, we don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to counselling. Our experienced therapists draw from various therapy traditions to create a blended, customised program to suit you. We will endeavour to work together with you to examine the stressful thoughts and emotions that may be causing you to clench your jaw and grind your teeth, and then work to address them. We’re flexible and work hard to make sure you feel comfortable about the progress you make and the pace of your therapy.

Our self-hypnosis MP3 recording for bruxism may also be a helpful enhancement for counselling or hypnotherapy sessions.

Some clients may find they’re able to get to the root cause of their bruxism problem remarkably quickly. For others, either the underlying psychological issues or the engrained physical habit may mean a longer course of treatment is indicated to maximise the chances of lasting change. Your willingness to commit to counselling will make a big difference to the duration and success of your treatment. Those who are able to overcome bruxism not only protect their teeth but often find that they cope better with anxiety and get a better night’s sleep.

Note Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely upon your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain