Addictions, Self-Harm, Impulse Control & Repetitive Behaviours

Self-defeating, addictive or repetitive patterns of behaviour can be frustrating, upsetting and difficult to stop. These behavioural patterns may be related to difficulties with impulse control. Or, you may have begun them to avoid experiencing upsetting feelings. Some people are not aware of the underlying motivation for their behaviour whereas others recognize that the addictive or repetitive behaviours are related to stress, anxiety, sadness or other unpleasant emotions

By assessing your situation fully, our psychologists can put a treatment plan in place to move forward.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is effective for addictions, self-harm, negative habits and repetitive behaviours.

Mindfulness meditation helps you break self-defeating cycles as you become more self-aware and confident in your ability to handle any underlying emotions.

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Our psychologists can assist you with addictions such as alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, internet pornography, sex, or buying things impulsively. We will review the latest developments in the treatment of addictions with you and develop a treatment plan with you.  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can assist with addictions.


Self-harm such as cutting is a negative habit some people engage in.  If you are cutting it is likely because you are finding it difficult to endure some intense emotions. We have some very successful techniques we use to help people stop self-harm. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness meditation and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) are effective for self-harm.


Trichotillomania involves pulling hair out from your scalp (or other areas of your body such as your eyelashes) and can be a troubling habit especially if it leads to embarrassing bald spots. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation are effective for Trichotillomania.


Skin-picking is another repetitive habit. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation are effective for Skin-Picking.