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Quit Smoking

Hypnotherapy can help you become a non-smoker

 

Is smoking just a bad habit – an increasingly expensive way of ruining your health? Or is it more complicated than that?

The common one-size-fits-all approach of offering a handful of smoking cessation sessions – sometimes just one – cannot suit everyone looking to quit. Individual differences have to be considered.

Smoking may be a screen hiding personal issues that urgently require addressing. People need to explore why they continue to smoke, despite the expense, despite knowing of the threats to their own health (and the health of others) – and despite vigorous national campaigning against the habit.

Plain “bad habit” smokers may rejoin the ranks of non-smokers after as few as two sessions of hypnotherapy but for others it could turn out to be a longer journey. Whatever is seen to be needed to help a smoker become an ex-smoker, will be provided through a coherent strategy drawing on all the successful evidence-based techniques of hypnotherapy.

Unlike some smoking cessation therapists, we do not demand a higher fee for this work. We view the smoker wishing to be smoke-free in the same way as any other client and charge only the standard hourly hypnotherapy fee. In return we ask for a guarantee from clients that they are 100 percent committed to becoming non-smokers and that they are pursuing that goal for themselves and not solely to please someone else.

The first step towards becoming a non-smoker is for you to accept our invitation to make an appointment for an initial consultation lasting approximately an hour-and-a-half. This gives you the opportunity to discuss your smoking and to learn more about the undeniable benefits of hypnotherapy. Each subsequent consultation runs for about an hour.

 

 

 Physician, heal thyself! Failing that, try hypnotherapy… A review of more than 600 studies of smoking cessation methods, involving nearly 72,000 people, found that hypnosis was 30 times more effective than the advice given by doctors in getting people to stop smoking. And for people who never listen to their doctors anyway – and for doctors contemplating going “cold turkey” – hypnosis was found to be three times more successful than will-power alone. The review* found that only the onset of heart disease was more effective than hypnosis in persuading people to become non-smokers… *A Meta-Analytic Comparison of the Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Methods by C. Viswesvaran and F. L. Schmidt. Published in The Journal of Applied Psychology, August 1992.

 
 
 
 
 

Stress management

Hypnotherapy and the management of stress

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Hypnotherapy can help you to manage stress. It can teach you ways to trigger the body’s natural calming mechanisms, thus reducing the effect that stress has on you. It can also help you to find alternative ways of coping and to choose the optimal level of arousal to deal effectively with whatever situation confronts you. Hypnotherapy can give you the tools to free yourself from the unpleasant and damaging effects of long-term stress.

What does it mean to be stressed? In everyday terms it is what happens to you psychologically and physically when you are under more pressure than you feel you can cope with. Stress itself is not necessarily bad. It is the body’s natural way of preparing to meet challenges. As part of the “fight or flight” response, it prepares the body to deal with a threatening situation. This essential response is normally a short-term reaction and has no ill-effects. Unfortunately, today’s stressed individual is much more likely to be persistently reacting in this way to problematic situations.

Some stress cannot be avoided – even in the best-ordered life – and it can aid performance; for example, in an examination. However, too much stress, especially when it is a regular and long-term response to life’s many and varied pressures, is detrimental to health and to the ability to cope. This is because being continuously stressed means that the body chemicals associated with the “fight or flight” response are constantly being released, producing unpleasant physical symptoms and mental distress. Long-term over-arousal from chronic stress is destructive.

Symptoms of Stress

“Everyone reacts to stress differently. However, there are some common symptoms to look out for. People who are chronically stressed may have: periods of irritability or anger, apathy or depression, constant anxiety, irrational behaviour, mood swings and be oversensitive, loss of appetite, a tendency to comfort-eat, an inability to concentrate or make decisions, loss of sex drive, an increased likelihood of smoking, drinking or taking recreational drugs. There can also be physical effects, which may include: excessive tiredness, sleep problems, tearfulness, frequent colds and infections, high blood pressure, skin problems such as eczema, aches and pains from tense muscles – including neck ache, backache and tension headaches, increased pain from arthritis and other conditions, feeling sick and dizzy, stomach problems including constipation, diarrhoea or ulcers, missed periods. In times of extreme stress, people may tremble, hyperventilate (breathe faster and deeper than normal) or even vomit. For people with asthma, stress can trigger an asthma attack.” – The Health Information Team at BUPA.

We offer all of our clients an initial consultation of approximately an hour-and-a-half. This gives you the opportunity to discuss whatever is causing concern and to learn more about the undeniable benefits of hypnotherapy. Each subsequent consultation runs for about an hour. 

What is hypnotherapy?

HYPNOSIS + THERAPY = HYPNOTHERAPY

Although there is no disagreement that hypnosis exists and that it works, there are many views within the research and clinical communities about exactly what it is and how it works.

Most scientific researchers and clinicians would probably agree that hypnosis involves a normal state of focused attention on imaginative experience, and a sense of deep relaxation and calmness. Concentrating and focusing attention in this way allows people to use their minds more powerfully and thus realise more of their potential. It is becoming generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. The hypnotist functions as a guide and facilitator, making suggestions for using imagination to bring about positive changes. The hypnotised person decides how to respond to those suggestions.

Hypnosis appears to be a naturally occurring phenomenon in humans. Being deeply absorbed in a book or in an interesting TV programme, daydreaming or driving a car and being unable to recall the passing of the last few miles are all examples of how people slip in and out of hypnosis on a regular basis.

Some people are very responsive to hypnotic suggestions and others less so. A person’s ability to experience hypnosis can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Just as naturally-occurring experiences of hypnosis do not involve any loss of control, people who have been hypnotised remain aware of who and where they are and do not lose control over their behaviour. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to follow suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences. Most people describe the experience of hypnosis as very pleasant, irrespective of the degree to which they respond. The best way to fully understand hypnosis is to experience it for yourself.

Your first consultation

We offer all of our clients an initial consultation of approximately an hour-and-a-half. This gives you the opportunity to discuss whatever is causing concern and to learn more about the undeniable benefits of hypnotherapy. Each subsequent consultation runs for about an hour.