I have used my own experience as an ex-smoker as well as my hypnotherapy skills to develop a highly successful 3-session approach to quitting. The first session is all about getting ready to quit and the second session a week or so later is the main stop smoking session. A third session is there should someone need it and this is available for up to 12 months after the main stop smoking session. I also provide useful information (see links in this page), self-assessment exercises and a self-hypnosis recording to support the work we do together.
I find that, like most people, smokers don’t like to be told what to do. So this means they need to stop because they want to, that it is their own choice taken freely. I also find that most smokers know full well that it is not good for their health and are well aware of the risks and the damage it causes to their bodies, skin and appearance, to say nothing of the damage to their pocket (if you want to remind yourself of some facts about smoking please click here and you can also click here for information about what is in tobacco.
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The problem is that most smokers convince themselves that none of those health problems would ever happen to them, that somehow they ‘need’ to smoke and besides, when they reached the point were they really wanted to stop, they would be able to stop somehow. If you have been struggling to stop, and perhaps have already tried and failed several times to do so, you will know that it is not quite so easy.
Most smokers wish that they had never started smoking in the first place. Just ask yourself, if you could go back in time, would you start smoking, knowing what you know now and feeling as you do now? Smokers don’t choose to smoke any more than alcoholics choose to become alcoholics: they just become lured into a trap.
Breaking out of that trap first involves opening the mind so I typically ask people to first think about their smoking and ask themselves questions such as:
- What is it doing for me?
- Do I actually enjoy it?
- How difficult is it to maintain my smoking habit (ass opposed to how hard it is to change)?
- Do I really want to go through life paying through the nose just to stick things in my mouth to poison and suffocate myself?
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The main block to stopping is FEAR – of misery, of being stressed, of loss of enjoyment, of loss of concentration and self confidence, of sacrifice, of anxiety, of being “once a smoker, always a smoker”, of not being strong enough to defeat it, fear of boredom and so on. Smokers typically fail to realise that FEAR is really just False Evidence Appearing Real and that it is the smoking that causes the fear and cannot relieve it. (If you would like to read more about the Truths, Myths and Lies about smoking please click here).
The truth is that it’s fairly easy to stop smoking if you change the way that you think about it deep down and overcome your fears about stopping. You just need to be convinced of thisAnd provided that you really want to quit, then hypnosis enables you to do this exceptionally well.
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It is estimated that 3 out of every 4 smokers want to quit but the question is, just how strong is that want? One of the first things I do when someone calls me for help with quitting is to make sure that they really do want to stop. There is a big difference between knowing you should stop and wanting to stop. Even though someone may think it will be hard for them to do so, as long as they truly want to stop, then I can help.
And while right desire to stop has to come from within to succeed with hypnosis, we can of course boost increase that desire too and this is one of the key elements of the first session with me to ready you to quit.
There are of course methods other than hypnotherapy that people can use to quit such as cold turkey, nicotine patches, acupuncture and drugs such as Zyban. Most of the people I help to quit smoking have already tried at least one of these methods before looking into hypnotherapy. Please click here for my Top Ten Ways To Help Yourself Stop Smoking.
And if you have already tried stopping, found it hard and started smoking again, sometimes after months without a cigarette, then your experience is not unusual. Your experience of trying and failing to stop may even lead you to believe that you are forever destined to be a smoker and can’t do it …..or maybe you concluded that the time was wrong and you need to pick a better time next time…… but somehow that next time is a long time coming around. Hopefully, that time has come for you now.
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Hypnosis is proven to be the easiest, fastest and most effective way to successfully be free from the habit and addiction of smoking. And you don’t need to take my word for it, even though I have a 90% success rate at present.
A study that was carried out by the University of Iowa and subsequently published in the New Scientist showed that hypnosis was the most effective method of giving up. (Click here to read a copy of this article). Now that research involving 72000 people was done in 1992 but I can find no similar detailed scientific study since that shows different findings.
This study showed that hypnotherapy was 3 times more successful than nicotine replacement therapies and 5 times more successful than methods that are purely based on willpower alone. Other studies have shown that hypnotherapy has a 66% success rate.
Whatever method was used it is worth remembering just how many people have given up smoking. In 1972 just under half of adults in the UK were smokers. By 1990 this had fallen to just under a third. At present, about a sixth of UK adults are smokers and the numbers are dropping all the time. Yet all the millions of people around the world who stop smoking every year are not in anyway special or more able than you. You are just as capable as they are of stopping. Hypnotherapy just gives you the opportunity to discover this for yourself and enjoy being a non-smoker for the rest of your life.
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