Habits

An Integrative Approach to Treating Habits

Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg and Dr. Kimberly Fishbach are New York’s experts in using hypnosis, CBT, and integrative methods to treat habits and addictions.Their comprehensive education and practical experience enable them to successfully address problematic habits such as nail biting, skin picking (dermatillomania) and hair pulling (trichotillomania) as well as addictions by combining hypnosis with evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and psychodynamic therapy.

Habits:
Skin Picking (Dermatillomania), Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
and Nail Biting

Engaging in a negative, self-inflicted habit can be extremely frustrating. It starts in childhood and while some grow out of it, others are plagued by this difficulty into adulthood. We tell ourselves to stop, and yet we find ourselves triggered by frustration or trying to find comfort.

Dr. Hoffenberg and Dr. Fishbach are experts at helping people eliminate unwanted, maladaptive habits. They work by using hypnosis to address the habit while using mindfulness and therapy to address any underlying problems such as anxiety or depression. Unlike addictions such as smoking, in which a person engages in a specific action to pursue their addiction, these habits are “automatic” — people often don’t realize they’re doing it until minutes into the act. Hypnosis works by increasing awareness about acting on the habit, and consciously learning to not engage so that it becomes a habit not to do it. Also, working in an integrated way to address underlying anxiety can help to prevent falling back into the same unwanted patterns in times of stress.

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