How to Stop Biting NailsHypnotherapy for Nail Biting

hypnosis for nail biting
Nail biting is one of the most frequent nervous habits that we see in our hypnotherapy practice here in the U.K.

It is something that damages the nails, often causing the fingers to bleed when biting below the cuticle. It can cause infection and scarring. Taken to an extreme, the chronic nail biter may even develop abscesses, and severe, long-term nail biting behaviour can also cause damage to the teeth and gums.

It's estimated that around 30% of all children, and about 15% of adults bite their nails. Statistically, it appears to affect males more than females. Nail biting is a habit that most often begins in the formative years of childhood, often peaking in the person’s teens and twenties and gradually declining for some as they move into full adulthood.

I now have lovely nails. I am over the moon with the results!
- Susan Williams, London

Though nail biting and picking your nails may be a learned habit, technically speaking, it is considered to be an ‘impulse control disorder’ – something that can signify an underlying anxiety. (Other impulse control disorders include hair pulling and scab or skin picking.) The habit of nail biting goes by the medical name of onychophagia.

Most people who bite their nails have already tried to quit, only to find that sooner or later their fingers and nails find their way to the mouth and presto – the chewingi and biting continues.

how to stop biting your nails
In desperation, some will have had their fingers painted with unpleasant, bitter tasting concoctions, while others will have tried wearing brightly coloured wrist bands or clunky jewellery in an attempt to draw the behaviour to the attention of the conscious mind and prevent biting.

Most will have tried to use their own will-power to end this troublesome habit. Ultimately though, the chronic nail-biter will very often have met with failure as biting eventually continues. This is because habits are controlled by the subconscious, feeling mind, not the conscious, logical mind, and so it is to the subconscious that we must turn in order to find a solution. And this is where CHI-HypnoTherapy™ comes in, since it works with the subconscious mind itself.

Using advanced hypnotherapeutic strategies, you can learn how to stop biting your nails and allow your nails to grow out to a respectable length that you will be proud of.

End Nail Biting How to Stop Biting Your Nails

hypnosis for nail biting
Based on my years of clinical experience in treating nail biting, I have found that most people bite out of sheer habit, and not necessarily because of any deep-seated underlying anxiety or emotional distress – though the behaviour can often increase when the person is feeling stressed, tense, or worried.

Provided the nail biting is not a sympton of underlying psychological difficulty or unresolved emotional problems, it is a relatively simple matter to break the habit pattern.

A minority bite their nails because of unaddressed emotional issues and the inner anxiety that this creates.

Those in the first category can usually end their nail biting with a single session of hypnotherapy, while those in the second, who bite because of deeper emotional reasons, can take several sessions to work through the process necessary in order to bring about the emotional rebalancing needed at a deeper level.

how to stop biting your nails
Using CHI-HypnoTherapy™, it is rare for anyone to take more than four of five sessions to free themselves of this behaviour, and most can accomplish this in a single session.

If you are wondering how to stop biting your nails, or how to stop picking your nails, then wonder no more: CHI-HypnoTherapy™ offers the possibility of a lasting solution to this embarrassing problem.



With over 30 years of hypnosis experience, Peter has an in-depth understanding of how to guide and help people reach and realise their own potential. Using a life-time of experience, together with advanced therapeutic skills, he can help you end the habit of nail biting.

If you suffer from chronic nail biting or nail picking, Peter’s advanced therapeutic hypnotherapy can help you get this embarrassing and unsightly habit under control. Call Peter now on 0121 449 0659 and get the help you need to end nail biting.

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