Since our beginning in 1988, our approach to stopping smoking has been guided by a 'solution oriented' or 'strategic' orientation to our work with clients. This resourceful way of assisting our clients to generate effective methods of achieving their goals has formed the basis of our powerful one session (two hours) approach to stop smoking.
We have found that people express a wide variety of reasons behind their commitment to stop smoking. These reasons may involve:
Concerns about present and future health
The ongoing and increasing financial cost of the habit
The experience of increasing restrictions of smoking in public places
The 'social leper' effect of rapidly changing community attitudes
A sense of frustration and 'powerlessness' that can come with continuing to do something that they don't want to be doing.
Apart from the sense of achievement and pride that comes from addressing or resolving an unpleasant habit, many of our clients are relieved and sometimes pleasantly surprised to discover feelings of freedom, satisfaction and confidence associated with the 'automatic' and natural healing of their bodies.
The absence of the 'mental battle' and ongoing rewards that can come from being regularly reminded that they no longer have to do something that they once thought they must, serve for many clients as powerful ongoing 'reinforcers'.
An increasing sense of confidence, joy and harmony is another frequently reported 'side-effect'.
Others report simply enjoying the experience of getting on with their lives without the need or urge to smoke.
Hypnosis for stopping smoking
As a society, we still harbour many traditional, inaccurate and unhelpful ideas about hypnosis.
It needs to be clear that clinical hypnosis is a tool of medicine and psychology. It is a 'natural' relaxing method of treatment designed to suit the needs of each individual client.
Hypnotherapy involves a process which helps people clear their minds of distracting and confusing ideas, beliefs and internal conversations which have previously gotten in the way.
It allows for a clarity of perspective by sharpening and focusing awareness on the matter at hand. Things that have seemed impossible can begin to appear more possible, and energy and confidence can be revived.
Despite ideas to the contrary and the sleight of hand of some stage magicians, hypnosis cannot make a person do something he or she does not want to do; and likewise, hypnosis cannot make a person want to do something.
What you can expect from an hypnotic session with a properly trained professional hypnotherapist is the comfort and freedom to do something you wish to do that you may have previously found difficult.
Hypnotherapy provides you with more options than you once had. Choosing not to smoke and discovering that your comfort level settles quickly, or that you feel a sense of relief upon being reminded of what you used to do, are common side-effects of treatment.
Everybody responds differently to hypnosis - some people feel the response is so dramatic, it can seem to them like a miracle. For others, the solution may be more subtle, gradual or incremental.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of both hypnosis and therapy.
To get useful and lasting results, you need to continue to be committed to your goal and be willing to modify your daily habits to support the new, healthier and more productive direction that your decision offers.
What if ... the only side effect you had from not having to smoke was relief? Imagine that.