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Hypnotherapy For Nail Biting: Does It Really Work?

Nail biting can be a difficult habit to break. If you’re a nail biter you’ve probably already tried it all. Using special nail polish that tastes terrible if you bite them to wearing gloves to cover them. Some of these methods might have worked and some not so well. Most people that come to see me to break this habit have told me all sorts of stories of how they’ve tried to stop this unwanted habit. If you’ve tried it all with limited success, hypnotherapy can be a suitable alternative to help you get this habit under control. If you have a strong conscious desire to want to change, hypnosis can be used as an effective tool to help catalyze that change.


If you’ve struggled with biting your nails and cuticles hypnosis can be considered a viable option. Hypnosis does create varied responses when mentioned in conversation. Some people have heard of it and are aware of its many potential benefits. Others are more skeptical and often form opinions based on what they’ve seen in movies and stage performances. I always encourage a healthy amount of skepticism. In fact, before I decided to pursue a career as a hypnotherapist I was probably one of the biggest skeptics. As a scientist, I’ve been trained to be objective and weigh out the available evidence before I can allow myself to believe in any one particular treatment modality. After doing an exhaustive search of the medical literature, I was able to find an unbelievable amount of evidence to support the use of hypnosis to help along with habit change.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help You Stop Biting Your Nails? Hypnotherapy can help you stop biting your nails by making you more aware of deeply seeded subconscious belief systems. It’s a safe, natural and effective way to communicate your conscious desires and reframe old subconscious beliefs. Many of the people that have come to see me for their nail biting habit were able to stop or drastically reduce the amount of time they spend biting their nails.

If you have any questions, interested in trying out a session, or getting a personalized self-hypnosis recording made, please reach out and feel free to send me an e-mail.

Written By: Sebastian Di Cesare PhD, RHt - a research scientist & practicing Registered Hypnotherapist based in Vancouver, Canada.

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