Do you ever wonder what happens during a session of hypnotherapy for stop smoking? Have you been thinking about quitting but you are a bit skeptical about the benefits of hypnosis? Let me tell you a little bit more about the hypnosis experience.
Here is a typical case history of a stop-smoking hypnosis session.
Alice (not her real name) came to see me to stop smoking. She also had some concerns about putting on weight after quitting and wanted to use hypnosis to help retain her healthy shape and size.
Alice is a slim 50 year old woman, with no children, living with her parents. She started smoking when she was 18 years old. She told me how much trouble she got into when she first started smoking; “my parents were furious” she said. But that did not stop her from smoking. She also said: “at the age of 18 smoking made me feel more grown up and a bit of a rebel”.
But those rebellious feelings from back then, when she was a teenager, were no longer relevant. Smoking now as an adult, seemed like a very bad idea. She now wanted to be healthy and smoke free.
Together we worked out what was important for her to reach her individual needs before I guided her into hypnosis.
We started the hypnotic part of the session with her eyes open, until she was comfortable enough, and when she closed her eyes she relaxed deeper.
Therapeutic language was used to help her remain a non-smoker who is calm and in control. After all, who better than her to be in control over the way she feels, thinks and responds in all situations.
I want to also mention here, that at the same time she was learning how to reproduce the hypnotic experience at home, as self-hypnosis.
Suggestions I gave her were intended to help her make lasting changes. So that no matter where she was, who she was with or what she was doing, she would do so as a happy non-smoker.
Just as importantly, I want to clearly mention some further beneficial suggestions were made to reduce her fear of putting on weight. Again, therapeutic language was used to help her maintain her healthy shape and size. The goal was to eat healthy smaller meals. Also to be motivated to exercise regularly, to stay in shape.
During the session people often find time distortion is a big part of their experience. What seemed to have been a short time turns out to a substantial amount of time. While the body was relaxing the mind was focused on using inner resources to make valuable changes.
At the end of the session Alice opened her eyes and said she felt very calm. As she was getting ready to leave my office she paused in the doorway. She then reached into her handbag, took out the remainder of her cigarettes and squashed them. With a big grin on her face she handed them to me to put in the bin.
Alice also booked another follow-up session to reinforce everything. She wanted to make sure she stayed healthy and cigarette free long term.
Happily, Alice has stayed in touch since her second session. She informs me that she is feeling absolutely great and smoke free. Also that she is enjoying saving money and regaining control of her health. Here is a cost calculator to estimate just how much money you can save when you quit smoking.
Are you ready to join Alice in becoming a non smoker?
There are many more stop-smoking case histories, just like this one, that I can happily tell you about. One of them is my own story of becoming a very happy non-smoker using a hypnosis CD to help me quit smoking.
When you are ready feel free to call me to discuss your stop smoking goals. Phone (02) 9568 6801 or send me an email or book an appointment directly online.
CH, Dip. PSH, GSPP
Hypnotherapist – Sydney Wellbeing Centre
Mindfulness hypnotherapy services for emotional health and wellbeing. Hypnotherapy brings quick relief from stress, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and addictions, to stop smoking and gambling.
With 20+ years experience as a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist I own and run the practice at Sydney Wellbeing Centre in Macquarie Street, Sydney and Booth Street, Annandale, Inner West Sydney.