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Compulsions Therapy & Counselling

Compulsions are behaviours that you peform on the spur of the moment to satisfy a perceived need.

Another way of thinking about compulsions is acting on impulse without paying due care and attention to the possible consequences.

Compulsive behaviours are a form of instant gratification, a way that you can feel good right now without having to wait.

If you are unable to control your urges then you may act compulsively.

Another key feature of compulsions is that you will often feel guilty afterwards followed by berating yourself for doing it.

Compulsions can be characterised by:

  • The perception of a need.
  • Acting to fulfill that need.
  • Feeling good whilst carrying out the compulsion.
  • Feelings of guilt or regret after the immediate satisfaction has subsided.

In this sense, compulsions are the inability to manage your impulses.

Woman with Food Compulsions

Common Compulsions

Any behaviour that you find pleasurable can become a compulsion and not all compulsive behaviours become problematic.

However, there are some activities than can easily become much bigger problems, including:

  • Drinking excessively.
  • Buying things you don’t really need.
  • Over-eating
  • Smoking.
  • Excessive gambling.
  • Indulging in risky sexual activities.
  • Drug use and abuse.

This list is not exhaustive and in fact any behaviour can end up becoming a compulsion.

Gambling compulsions

The Problem with Compulsions

Compulsions can range from simple everyday behaviours such as shopping to more reckless activities such as drug use.

They become problematic when they are performed excessively and if left uncontrolled, can cause real damage to people’s lives.

  • Compulsive shopping may land you in serious debt.
  • Eating compulsively can lead to obesity and other health problems.
  • Using alcohol excessively can lead to a range of problems.
  • Compulsive gambling can result in financial and relational problems.

As is often the case, the urges that you are trying to satisfy through your compulsions may be related to earlier traumas or unmet needs and are rarely resolved through these behaviours.

In this sense, compulsions can be thought of as maladaptive coping strategies that can end up causing more problems than they ever solve!

Compulsions sufferer in therapy session

Therapy & Counselling for Compulsions

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for compulsions and compulsive behaviours.

Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:

  • How long you have had the problem.
  • Your personal preferences.
  • How your problem is affecting you today.

You can read more about the different types of therapy for anxiety on the following links:

Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.

Research suggests that this therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

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Arrange a FREE initial consultation

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming your compulsions then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular problems and the potential solutions in a safe and confidential environment without you having to commit to any therapy or counselling going forward.

This consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet our therapists and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.

Call Paul on 07434 776125 or e-mail him on paul@leepsychology.com

Call Joan 0n 07434 776504 or e-mail her on joan@leepsychology.com

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Hypnotherapist Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP

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