Compulsive Behavior: Claire

Claire Harris (Skin Picking)
Video Production
Austin, TX

I've suffered from the compulsion to pick my skin for the last twenty years. Mainly, it happened at night when I was feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I tried to stop doing it by telling myself that I wasn't going to pick for the next week, but I wasn't able to hold myself accountable. It worked for a day or two, but I've been at this behavior for so long that it was ingrained. I didn't understand that it as a behavioral issue and spent money getting chemical peels and microdermabrasion, thinking that the problem was that I had acne and not realizing that I was creating it by digging into my face. It made me feel embarrassed because I had scabs and acne. When I really went at it, it made me afraid to show my face in public and I wanted to hide from the world. I felt disappointed; like I had no self control. I wondered what was wrong with me. I knew that it was wrong, but I still couldn't stop myself.

I heard about A New Day Hypnosis from my aesthetician and I noticed results after the first session. Almost instantaneously, I was calmer as I started following some of the tips that Laura gave me. It's been relatively easy. I have time to sit down and relax and get that positive reinforcement. I feel more in control. My skin has cleared up and I have a lot less scarring.

I really feel like I have some secret techniques in my pocket now. I even feel more confident beyond the picking. I feel better about my outward appearance and I've also learned some time management skills with the help of hypnosis. I didn't even realize how much my confidence was affected by being late and I'm more aware of the way that I stand and speak, so that I create a more confident air.

There are so many things that I've benefited from, but stopping the habitual picking, better self-confidence, and time management have been the most important to me. I feel less anxious and stressed and I'm a happier, more positive person. I would absolutely recommend A New Day Hypnosis to anyone who wants to stop picking because with a behavior like picking there are often other reasons why we are doing it. Beyond just recommending hypnosis for picking, I would recommend it to individuals who are dealing with other behavioral issues because it's a wonderful alternative to medication.

I think that hypnotherapy is a great way to fix those behavioral issues that you may not even be aware are causing the picking. I'm confident that I'm free of my problem permanently. I know that even if I were to "slip", I have resources readily available to me to help me get back in touch with the tools that I need to fix it. The daily positive reinforcement and behavior modification over time have really helped me to build a new behavior.