Whether you want to stop drinking, smoking or you just want to eat more healthy or exercise more, we all have behaviours we’d like to begin (or change) and yet often our entrenched habits get in the way of healthier behaviour change.As an online counsellor, I find myself giving advice about changing habits on a daily basis. My clients usually succeed in making their desired changes and I have found that when they follow the behaviour change model below then the changes are not only short lived but become a permanent and lasting change.

The psychology behind behaviour change can sound complex and many of the writings on the subject adds to the complexity unnecessarily.

Prochaska and DiClemente shared the best and easiest to understand model of behaviour change, their ‘Stages of Change Model’.