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Apex Practice London

There is help for tackling your habits and phobias once and for all at The Apex Practice in Harley Street, London

Unwanted habits can be reprogrammed

Habits can be developed over time. There are a lot of habits that can be beneficial such as eating healthily, keeping things organised, productive routines and regular sleeping hours. But what if bad habits start to set in? Behaviours like smoking, nail biting, self-criticising, procrastination and other negative habits can develop over time too.

Habits can be hard to break as the more they are repeated, the more they are enforced or ingrained in the psyche. Over long periods of time, bad habits can become so ingrained that they become subconscious and the sufferer isn’t always aware that they have a problem, but still know something is wrong. The Apex Practice is here to help you break the cycle of bad habits and get back to a normal healthy lifestyle again.

15 minutes to change your life, call 0207 467 8536 for a free initial telephone assessment and find out how we can help you

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More about Unwanted Habits Therapy & Treatment with Apex Practice

Breaking bad habits is possible and with our therapy and counselling programme, you can experience habit reversal and begin a new chapter in your life.

Many people associate bad habits worth breaking as those which consist of activities which can damage your health such as smoking, excessive drinking of alcohol, binge eating and drug abuse.

The common signals of having a habit disorder can include:

  • Your actions are repetitive, sometimes to the point that they become an automatic response.
  • In some cases your actions, once started, are difficult to stop.
  • Your actions often disrupt your day to day activities and become a primary focus
  • Your actions are having a negative impact on others around you, such as family, friends and colleagues.
  • Some habits can cause long term effects to your appearance. (E.g. habitual hair pulling ‘trichotillomania’, can result in damage to your hair follicles, limiting hair growth)
  • If you have made attempts to stop engaging in your habit, your demeanour becomes more anxious and sensitive. You may even experience withdrawal symptoms.

How Can Our Therapy & Counselling Help You Overcome Your Habit?

During your therapy and counselling sessions in our London clinic on Harley Street, we will aim to identify what your specific patterns of behaviour are when you indulge in your habit. In some cases we find the moments of heightened stress or feelings of depression can trigger your habit.

We will also work to discover if your habits are for positive or negative reinforcements. Some individuals gain a sense of pleasure from their habits, whereas on the other hand it is a way of handling emotions you generally find hard to cope with.

Together with your psychotherapist you will try and gain insights into how your habit developed, what causes it to continue and what options you have to try and intervene when you encounter a scenario where you would normally carry out your habit. This habit reversal training can help you break the cycle and move onto a renewed lifestyle free from bad habits.

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15 minutes to change your life, call for a free initial telephone assessment and find out how we can help you 0207 467 8536


You’re stronger than the phobias that hold you back

With literally thousands of different phobias affecting people in a wide variety of different ways, from completely debilitating fears to milder, yet fatiguing, uncomfortable or just plain annoying fears that are hard to break away from The Apex Practice can help you. There are several theories behind why phobias develop, from evolutionary or behavioural theories to phobias that develop from a negative event that happened in the past or more recently.

Some common phobias:

Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders is a very common phobia that can trigger panic attacks
Agoraphobia – The fear of not being able to escape, often triggered in crowded or open spaces
Acrophobia – Is the fear of heights and can trigger anxiety or panic attacks
Cynophobia – Also known as the fear of dogs. Usually associated with personal bad experiences with dogs, such as bites
Mysophobia – Is the fear of dirt and germs and can often lead to more severe obsessive compulsive disorders
Trypanophobia – Known as the fear of injections. This often goes untreated because the sufferer avoids these situations

Other Common Phobias Are: Flying, Elevators, Insects, Water, Public Speaking, Open Spaces, Eating in Public & Traveling in the Underground

Important information about phobias

It is important to remember that phobias are based on a particular mental state and can be treated with different forms of cognitive or behavioural therapies. The Apex Practice is well versed in the treatment of phobias, from the more obvious to the intricate and multiple instances that can totally hinder a person’s life. If you have fears, phobias or habits, you don’t have to battle it on your own, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

More about Phobia Therapy & Treatment with Apex Practice

Having a phobia is not uncommon. Many of us have fears which we can manage relatively well on our own. However when these phobias regularly cause great distress and disruption to our daily lives, then phobia counselling and therapy at our London practice may offer support. Psychotherapy treatments are known to be highly effective in treating phobias.

Having a serious phobia is similar to an anxiety disorder. In some extreme cases the mere thought of our fears can cause heightened feelings of anxiety and panic attacks. Consequently having to regularly deal with these intense reactions can also lead to cases of depression.

What Are Common Symptoms Of Having Phobias?

  • Increased heart rate
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Change in body temperature (sweating from being too hot or cold flushes)
  • Feeling claustrophobic and smothered
  • Feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting

Overcoming Phobias With Support From Apex Practice Therapy & Counselling

Our phobia therapy treatments are carefully planned and based on your specific phobia and how you currently deal with it. We aim to help you understand exactly what causes your feelings of fear and anxiety and consequently work at establishing behaviours to help you manage and overcome the phobia.

In some cases we will look at the various triggers to your fear and take you through different exposure exercises so you can develop new experiences in controlling your fear.

Call The Apex Practice in Harley Street, London to start your journey towards a life free from bad habits and phobias 0207 467 8536