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 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 feelings from back then are no longer relevant. Smoking now seems like a very bad idea. She wanted to be healthy and smoke free.
At the start of the session I guided her into hypnosis. At the same time she was learning how to reproduce the experience at home, as self-hypnosis. We started with eyes open until she was comfortable and then she closed her eyes and relaxed deeper.
Suggestions were given to help her make lasting changes, so no matter where she was, who she was with or what she was doing, she would remain a happy 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.
Further suggestions were made to help retain her healthy shape and size, to eat healthy and to be motivated to exercise to stay in shape. During the session people often find time distortion to be a big part of their experience. What seems to be a short time turns out to be a substantial amount of time, while using inner resources and abilities to make valuable changes.
At the end of the session Alice opened her eyes and said she felt very relaxed. When she was ready to leave my office she paused, 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 session to reinforce everything, to make sure she stays a non-smoker long term.
There are many more stop-smoking stories 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.
Are you ready to join me in becoming a non smoker? 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.
Written by: Katherine Ferris, clinical hypnotherapist