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Oct 11, 2023 | Mental Health

Looping Thoughts and the Therapeutic Power of Rapid Transformational Therapy™

Joel Dickinson

Joel Dickinson


Looping Thoughts and the Therapeutic Power of Rapid Transformational Therapy™

About this article

In this article, I explore the psychological concept of looping thoughts, the repetitive recurrence of specific thoughts or sets of thoughts, and how they can lead to mental distractions, anxiety, depression, and potentially contribute to conditions like OCD and PTSD, all of which I treat in my clinic. I provide several examples of looping thoughts, including perfectionism-driven thoughts, health-related anxiety, social anxiety-driven thoughts, thoughts of guilt and regret about past actions, and fear of future events, to help illustrate the wide range of circumstances and situations where looping thoughts may arise.

I also share how my Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy service help people eliminate looping thoughts for good so that they can live the life they deserve.

Understanding Looping Thoughts

‘Looping thoughts’ is a term used in psychology to describe the persistent recurrence of the same thought or sets of thoughts, often intruding into a person’s daily life. This can include obsessive concerns, worries, and repeated reflections about past or future events. They can become a severe form of mental distraction, interrupting focus, and even causing stress, anxiety, or depression.

These thoughts can sometimes turn into rumination, a process that involves continuously thinking about the same thoughts, which can often focus on negative experiences or emotions. The recurring nature of looping thoughts may create a cycle that feels impossible to break out of, as they can reinforce their own repetition, forming an almost addictive pattern.

It is important to understand that looping thoughts are not a sign of personal failure or weakness but is a common experience among many people. They may be associated with mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Moreover, they can also be seen in otherwise healthy individuals during periods of high stress, or uncertainty.

Examples of Looping Thoughts

Here are some common examples of looping thoughts that individually can result in mental distraction, poor focus, stress, anxiety, or depression. When someone is suffering from a combination of looping thoughts the effects are worsened:

1. Perfectionism-Driven Thoughts:

You made a minor mistake at work, and you can’t stop thinking about it. The thoughts keep replaying, “I shouldn’t have made that mistake. I’m better than this. What if my boss thinks less of me now?”

2. Health-Related Anxiety:

You feel a slight pain in your body, and you can’t help but think, “What if this is a sign of a serious illness? What if I’m really sick?” These thoughts loop and feed your anxiety, often out of proportion to the actual health concern.

3. Social Anxiety-Driven Thoughts:

After attending a social gathering, you find yourself constantly worrying about how you came across to others. You might endlessly replay conversations, scrutinising every word and reaction, wondering if you said something inappropriate or if people judged you.

4. Guilt and Regret about Past Actions:

Perhaps you regret a decision you made years ago, and you find yourself thinking, “What if I had made a different choice? My life would be so much better now.” These looping thoughts prevent you from letting go of the past and moving forward.

5. Fear of Future Events:

This is when you’re constantly thinking about a future event and worrying about all the things that could go wrong. For instance, you might repeatedly think, “What if I perform poorly in the upcoming presentation? What if I lose my job?” These looping thoughts can create a state of chronic stress and anxiety.

6. Relationship Insecurities:

If you’re constantly thinking, “Does my partner still love me? What if they find someone better?” then these thoughts are looping and causing undue stress, feeding into insecurities.

7. Imposter Syndrome:

If you’re stuck in a thought pattern such as, “I’m not good enough for this job. They’re going to realise I’m a fraud,” this is an example of looping thoughts feeding into imposter syndrome.

8. Financial Worries:

If you keep thinking, “I’m never going to be able to pay off my debt. I’m going to end up broke,” these negative, repetitive thoughts are looping and could lead to heightened stress and anxiety.

9. Body Image Concerns:

Looping thoughts like, “I’m too fat. No one will find me attractive,” are indicative of negative body image perceptions and can contribute to a detrimental cycle of low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction.

10. Fear of Failure:

If you’re constantly thinking, “I’m going to fail at this task. I always mess up,” this is a clear example of looping thoughts that can negatively impact your confidence and performance.

Why professional therapy is vital to addressing looping thoughts

Dealing with looping thoughts can be a daunting task. While it is entirely normal to have some negative thoughts or to ponder past events and future uncertainties, it becomes problematic when these thoughts are persistent and intrusive, affecting your day-to-day life. If left unchecked, looping thoughts can lead to or exacerbate mental health conditions like anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here’s why professional therapy is vital in addressing looping thoughts:

Why professional therapy is vital in addressing looping thoughts

1. Expert Guidance: Professional therapists are trained to recognise and understand the complex nature of looping thoughts. I possess the necessary skills and tools to help people manage and overcome these persistent thoughts.

2. Identification of Root Causes: A key aspect of therapy is identifying the root cause of the problem. It might be a traumatic event, a deeply ingrained belief, or a learned behaviour pattern. By pinpointing the cause, I can work with clients to address the source of their looping thoughts, not just the symptoms.

3. Coping Strategies and Techniques: I provide a variety of strategies to help my clients break the cycle of looping thoughts, including Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™), Hypnotherapy, COACHD Method Coaching™, and Integrative Counselling. These strategies are personalised to meet individual needs and are designed to rid those affected of negative thought patterns and behaviour.

4. Safety and Confidentiality: Professional therapy provides a safe and confidential space for people to express their fears, anxieties, and thoughts without fear of judgment. This comfort can be crucial in fostering an open and honest dialogue about the person’s experience with looping thoughts.

5. Long-term Relief and Personal Growth: COACHD therapy aims to provide long-term solutions rather than quick fixes. My goal is not only to help people stop their looping thoughts but also to help them grow from the experience and move forward to live the life they deserve. This might involve building resilience, improving self-esteem, or fostering a more positive outlook on life.

Ultimately, looping thoughts can be a complex issue deeply entwined with a person’s beliefs, emotions, and experiences. By seeking professional therapy, you can gain the resources and support necessary to navigate this challenge effectively and move toward a healthier, more positive state of mind.

Hello, I Am Someone Who Can Help!

Transformative Therapy with COACHD CLINIC and Me

I am an expert provider of Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy and offer a ground-breaking approach to supporting people suffering the effects of looping thoughts. Through these therapeutic techniques, I empower people to address the root cause of their thought patterns and build a solid foundation for sustainable change.

I recognise the importance of providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the journey to recovery. As an expert therapist and founder of COACHD CLINIC, I offer personalised therapy, coaching and counselling sessions, creating a safe space for my clients to progress, discuss challenges, and receive life-changing treatment and guidance. My approach to providing ongoing support significantly increases the potential for life-long success.

Why choose my Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy service?

RTT™ is a complete solution-based treatment, offering fast effective results by combining the most effective principles of Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP, CBT, and Neuroscience. Click this link to watch my short video on Rapid Transformational Therapy™ (RTT™).

RTT™ helps people get to the root cause of their emotional, physical, or cognitive issues. When treating clients for issues, I believe it is crucial to help them change their way of thinking, and any unhelpful beliefs and behaviour, in order for them to increase their chances of success and achieve lasting change.

COACHD hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind, helping people deal with their past trauma and transforming any negative thoughts and beliefs into positive, empowering new ones. Using Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™) and Hypnotherapy, my clients can transform their issues, allowing them to live the life they deserve. I believe my therapy is the most powerful and effective treatment available for people suffering from many of the issues and conditions that hold them back in their lives. Read more about Rapid Transformational Therapy™(RTT™).

Contact me today and let me help free you from the thoughts

As a skilled therapist, I can help you master your mind to put an end to your issues so that you can live the life you desire without the time, frustration, and cost of spending years on a therapist’s couch. Contact me today for dramatic life-changing results that will empower you to wellness, often in as little as 1 to 3 sessions. And I offer an unprecedented 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE on your treatment!

Joel Dickinson

Joel Dickinson



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