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Choice Hypnotherapy

Contact: 07804 512814

choice hypnotherapy, stockton on tees

Stop Smoking

Hypnotherapy offers a natural way to stop smoking more easily

There are all kinds of good reasons to stop smoking, such as increased health & fitness, saving money, cleaner clothes and homes, setting a good example to children, and living a longer and happier life. Since workplaces and public buildings became smokefree, more and more people would like to quit.  For many people, the only thing holding them back is fear that stopping smoking may be difficult or uncomfortable.

However, if you are ready to commit to stopping smoking, then with hypnotherapy it may be much easier than you think!

I have been using hypnotherapy to help people to stop smoking since 2008, and take great satisfaction from helping people to quit, often far more easily than they imagined. Hypnotherapy helps by increasing your focus on the benefits of living without cigarettes, boosting your motivation, and building your confidence that you really can choose to quit.  The session is fairly priced, and you'll quickly recoup the costs if you never have to buy cigarettes again! 

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Client testimonial:

"I can't believe it's nearly 4 weeks and I haven't even thought about having a cigarette. It doesn't bother me if I'm stood with someone who is smoking, I just don't think about it anymore, which is great ... I have been recommending you to everyone. Thank you so much for helping me, it's the best thing I have ever done" 

How can hypnotherapy make it easier to stop smoking?

When you decide to stop smoking, you may need to deal with two issues:

1. Losing the smoking habit – which may be done more quickly and easily with hypnotherapy:

Losing the smoking habit:

We are not born as smokers. Smoking is a learned habit, stored in your subconscious mind:

  1. Most smokers tend to smoke more at certain times or in particular situations - such as when they are bored, during breaks, or when socialising
  2. After a while, links develop in your subconscious mind between those situations and smoking
  3. Those links act as triggers that prompt you to smoke when the situations arise again

Hypnotherapy works directly with the subconscious mind, and can help to remove those unwanted triggers. Instead, it help you to focus on the benefits of being a non-smoker, and install new, responsible and positive approaches to those old trigger situations. 


2.  Managing physical withdrawal symptoms - which may be eased by hypnotherapy:

Physical symptoms of nicotine addiction

Even though cigarettes are harmful, smokers' bodies become used to – perhaps even addicted to – the physical effects of nicotine. Sudden withdrawal can sometimes cause initial feelings of anxiety, restlessness, irritability and even mild depression.

For many people, these symptoms are reasonably mild or short-lived, and suggestions given during hypnotherapy can make them much easier to withstand.

However, people who have smoked very heavily for many years may choose to use nicotine replacement therapy products in conjunction with hypnotherapy.  Nicotine replacement therapy – patches, lozenges or sprays – offers a way to withdraw from nicotine more gradually, reducing the physical effects more gently. NRT may be freely available from your GP, or can be purchased from pharmacies.


Success rates for stopping smoking through hypnotherapy

People often ask hypnotherapists about their success rates in helping clients to stop smoking. Don't be mis-led by hypnotherapists who claim success with a certain percentage of clients. As therapists are required to keep all client details strictly confidential, it is impossible to check and verify the success rates claimed by any particular therapist, so they may be unfounded. This is why the Advertising Standards Authority strongly discourages these kinds of claims.

Nonetheless, broad studies have shown that hypnotherapy as a method can be extremely effective in helping people to stop smoking. In 1992, New Scientist Magazine published the results of an extensive clinical study on the most effective ways of stopping smoking*. They combined the results of more than 600 different studies (involving over 72,000 individual cases), and concluded that you are 10 times more likely to stop smoking after one session of hypnosis than people who use willpower alone:

   Single session of hypnotherapy: 60%  

   Acupuncture: 24%

   Nicotine Replacement Therapy: 10%

   Willpower alone: 6%

* Ref: New Scientist issue 1845, 31.10.92, 'How one in five have given up smoking' by Robert Matthews

Although these results are very positive, hypnotherapy did not help everyone who took part. Hypnotherapy is not mind control, or a magic wand - choice is always part of the decision to quit smoking, and you have to actively make that choice in order for it to be helpful for you.  

However, if you are ready to commit to stopping smoking, a session of hypnotherapy could be just the help you need.

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Client testimonial:

"I did not really know what to expect upon arrival and any anxieties I had, Vanessa put me at ease. I had been a smoker for 40yrs and over a period of time decided mentally I wanted to be free of cigarettes. I don't know what Vanessa did but it worked. I would definitely recommend hypnotherapy as it takes the edge off!”  

Why choose Choice Hypnotherapy to help you to stop smoking?

Since I qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2008, I have used my training and experience to help all kinds of people to stop smoking. I am a registered member of the Central Register of Stop Smoking Therapists and the Guild for Smoking Cessation Specialists & Therapists.

Based in Stockton-on-Tees, I have worked with numerous clients, and appeared on BBC Radio Tees discussing how hypnotherapy can make it easier to quit smoking.

People quit for all kinds of reasons, and I will provide hypnotherapy that is individually tailored to your particular situation and needs. Provided that you are truly committed to stopping smoking, a single 90-minute session could be just what you need to quit for good, much more easily and comfortably than you may have imagined. Why not call or e-mail me to find out more!

Client testimonial:

"Since the session we have not smoked ... great experience. Both my partner and myself are doing this, so it's been positive!" 

For more information, or to book an appointment:

Call 07804 512814 or click here to e-mail